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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah health officials confirmed 1,859 new COVID-19 cases and nine deaths on Thursday.
The rolling, seven-day average for positive tests is 1,547 per day, and the average positive rate of those tested is 17%, the Utah Department of Health said in a daily update.
School-age children accounted for 370 of the new cases — 179 cases were ages 5-10, 93 cases were 11-13, and 98 cases were 14-18.
Health care workers administered 13,025 vaccine doses since the previous day's report — including booster shots — bringing total vaccines given in Utah to 3,718,416.
In the last 28 days, unvaccinated residents have seen 18.7 times greater risk of dying from COVID-19, 10.9 times greater risk of hospitalization, and 5.2 times greater risk of testing positive for COVID-19 than vaccinated people, state health officials said.
Since Feb. 1, the unvaccinated in Utah have experienced 9.1 times greater risk of dying from COVID-19, 7.4 times greater risk of hospitalization due to the coronavirus, and 3.7 times greater risk of testing positive for COVID-19 than vaccinated people.
Of the cases reported Thursday, 409 — or about 22% — were considered "breakthrough," meaning they were patients who had been fully vaccinated more than two weeks before testing positive. The state confirmed 11 more breakthrough hospitalizations and one breakthrough death.
State health officials and doctors have noted receiving the vaccine does not mean someone will not contract the coronavirus, but in most cases it is protective against serious illness. The vaccine also does not cause a person to get COVID-19.
Since vaccines became available to the public early this year, the state has confirmed 27,712 breakthrough cases in the 548,072 total positive cases since the pandemic began, or just under 5% of all cases. Utah health officials have also confirmed 1,340 total breakthrough hospitalizations and 179 breakthrough deaths out of the 3,190 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
The deaths reported Thursday — two of which occurred before October — include:
- A Cache County man, between the ages of 65 and 84, who was hospitalized when he died.
- An Iron County man, 18-24, not hospitalized.
- A Salt Lake County woman, 45-64, not hospitalized.
- A Salt Lake County man, 65-84, long-term care facility resident.
- A Utah County man, 65-84, hospitalized.
- A Washington County woman, 65-84, hospitalized.
- A Washington County man, 45-64, unknown if hospitalized.
- A Weber County man, 45-64, not hospitalized.
- A Weber County man, 65-84, not hospitalized.