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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah health officials reported 10 more COVID-19 deaths on Friday, along with 6,166 new cases.
School children account for 833 of the new cases. Of those cases, 338 were children between ages 5 and 10, 207 were ages 11-13, and 288 were ages 14-17.
The rolling seven-day average for new positive tests is now 7,043 per day, which continues a downward trend. The seven-day average for positive tests is currently 46.6%.
Currently, 854 people are hospitalized in the state with COVID-19, which is 11 more than was reported on Thursday and more than at any other time during the pandemic. Of those patients, 184 are in intensive care units, which is 11 fewer than Thursday.
Health officials report that hospital beds are about 62% occupied, capacity at ICUs is at 89%, and ICU referral centers are about 91% occupied.
The Utah Department of Health coronavirus data website is now showing a graph of syndromic surveillance, which is the percent of emergency room visits that are for COVID-like symptoms. The most recent data on the chart, which is from Wednesday, showed that 15.4% of emergency room visits are for COVID-like symptoms, which is decreasing from a high of 18.14% on Jan. 19.
Friday's report included 3,245 breakthrough COVID-19 cases (in people who are fully vaccinated) and 3,328 cases in unvaccinated individuals; 63 breakthrough hospitalizations compared to 76 unvaccinated hospitalizations; and four deaths in vaccinated individuals compared to 11 deaths in people who remain unvaccinated.
Over the last 28 days, health officials have said that unvaccinated individuals have an 11.2 times greater risk of dying from COVID-19, 4.8 times greater risk of hospitalization, and 2.3 times greater risk of testing positive compared to vaccinated people.
Another statistic that was just added to the Utah Department of Health website is information about individuals who have had a booster shot. The data shows that 2,205,996 people have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, which is 67.9% of Utahns; 1,943,688 people are considered fully vaccinated, which is 59.8% of Utahns; and 24.3% of Utahns, 788,567 people, have received a booster dose of the vaccine.
All of the 10 deaths reported on Friday were people older than 65, and two of the individuals were over 85 years old.
The latest deaths include:
- A Carbon County woman, 65-84, long-term care facility resident.
- A Carbon County woman, 65-84, not hospitalized.
- An Emery County man, 65-84, hospitalized.
- An Emery County man, 65-84, not hospitalized.
- An Emery County woman, 65-84, not hospitalized.
- Two Salt Lake County women over 85, both residents of a long-term care facility.
- Three Salt Lake County men, 65-84, all hospitalized.