Utah confirms 1,531 new COVID-19 cases, 12 deaths Wednesday

Claudia Ceron gives Etta Bastian, 7, a COVID-19 vaccination as Etta’s mother, Courtney Bastian, holds her hand at Hillsdale Elementary School in West Valley City on Monday. The Utah Department of Health reported 1,531 new COVID-19 cases and 12 deaths on Wednesday

Claudia Ceron gives Etta Bastian, 7, a COVID-19 vaccination as Etta’s mother, Courtney Bastian, holds her hand at Hillsdale Elementary School in West Valley City on Monday. The Utah Department of Health reported 1,531 new COVID-19 cases and 12 deaths on Wednesday (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)



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SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Health reported 1,531 new COVID-19 cases and 12 deaths on Wednesday, while 571 people are currently hospitalized with the disease.

School-age children account for 330 of the day's new cases; 172 cases are among children between 5 and 10, 77 cases are among children between 11 and 13, and 81 cases are among children between 14 and 17.

The rolling seven-day average for positive tests is 1,608 per day. The average positive rate of those tested is 17.5%.

Every county in Utah except Daggett County remains at a "very high rate" of over 200 cases each day over the last two weeks. Health officials are reporting the current trend in case numbers as an "incidence plateau," and say this trend began on Nov. 4. The plateau followed a period of "incidence growth" between Oct. 13 and Nov. 3.

Health care workers administered 21,016 vaccine doses since Tuesday's report, bringing the total doses given in Utah to 3,874,399.

During the last four weeks, the Utah Department of Health reported that Utahns who are not vaccinated for COVID-19 are at 15.6 times greater risk of dying from COVID-19 and 11.4 times greater risk of hospitalization. Since Feb. 1, unvaccinated Utahns have been at a 8.3 times greater risk of death from COVID-19 and 7.2 times greater risk of hospitalization.

The Utah Department of Health reported that there have been 3,325 total deaths related to COVID-19 in the state. The 12 deaths reported on Wednesday include:

  • A Davis County man, 65-84, hospitalized.
  • A Salt Lake County man, 25-44, hospitalized.
  • A Salt Lake County woman, 45-64, long-term care facility resident.
  • A Salt Lake County woman, older than 85, hospitalized.
  • A Salt Lake County man, 65-84, not hospitalized.
  • Two Utah County women, 65-84, both hospitalized.
  • Two Washington County men, 65-84, both hospitalized.
  • A Washington County man, 45-64, hospitalized.
  • A Weber County man, 45-64, not known if he was hospitalized.
  • A Weber County woman, 65-84, long-term care facility resident.

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