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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah health officials reported 1,122 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, as well as 11 additional deaths.
The rolling, seven-day average for new cases is now 1,540 per day, and the average positive rate of those tested stands at 15.9%, the Utah Department of Health announced.
School-age children account for 174 of the newly confirmed cases — 91 of them were ages 5-10, 37 cases were 11-13, and 46 were 14-17, according to the data.
Health care workers administered 16,717 additional vaccine doses since Monday's report, bringing total doses given in Utah to 4,254,139. That includes booster shots.
Of the cases reported Tuesday, 371 were "breakthrough," meaning they had been fully vaccinated more than two weeks previously. That brings total breakthrough cases in Utah since vaccines became available earlier this year to 51,740. That is about 7.2% of the 606,531 cases confirmed in Utah since the start of the pandemic.
Although the breakthrough infection rates continue creeping up nearly a year after vaccines became available, state health officials say vaccines still offer strong protection against the disease. In the last 28 days, unvaccinated residents have experienced 14 times greater risk of dying from COVID-19, nine times greater risk of COVID-19 hospitalization, and 3.5 times greater risk of testing positive than vaccinated people, health officials said Tuesday.
Since Feb. 1, unvaccinated residents have faced 6.6 times greater risk of dying from COVID-19, 5.6 times greater risk of hospitalization, and 2.5 times greater risk of testing positive for COVID-19 than those who are vaccinated, according to the data.
The state also confirmed one additional breakthrough death, bringing total breakthrough deaths in Utah to 313 out of the 3,606 deaths caused by the disease so far. The overall death rate is now just under 0.6% of cases, the data shows.
The deaths reported Tuesday included:
- A Cache County man between the ages of 25 and 44, who was hospitalized when he died.
- A Davis County man, 45-64, hospitalized.
- A Salt Lake County man, 45-64, hospitalized.
- Two Utah County men, 65-84, both hospitalized.
- A Utah County man, 45-64, hospitalized.
- A Utah County woman, 65-84, hospitalized.
- A Wasatch County man, 45-64, hospitalized.
- A Washington County woman, older than 85, long-term care resident.
- A Weber County man, 65-84, hospitalized.
- A Weber County woman, older than 85, not hospitalized.