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The Utah Department of Health reported 11,126 new cases of coronavirus in the past day on Friday, pushing the state’s number of cases since the pandemic began to rise above 750,000.
Friday’s reported total was lower than the 12,990 cases reported Thursday. But it was still the second highest number of daily cases since the start of the pandemic. Before last week, the highest number of new cases reported in Utah in a single day was 4,706 in December 2020.
Utah has recorded an average of 9,827 new cases per day in the past week — the highest moving seven-day average since the start of the pandemic. Before last week, the all-time high was 3,392, reported in November 2020.
On Friday, 22 children were hospitalized with COVID-19 at Primary Children’s Hospital – the highest number hospitalized since the start of the pandemic, said Dr. Andrew Pavia, the chief infectious disease physician at Utah’s largest pediatric hospital at a news conference.
Children in grades K-12 accounted for 2,792 of the new cases announced Friday — 25.1% of the total. 616 cases were reported in children aged 5-10 years; 500 cases in children 11-13; and 1,681 cases in children ages 14-18.
Hospital admissions also continue to rise, with 672 Utahns hospitalized at the same time as the coronavirus — the highest number of any day during the pandemic. Before this week, the highest number of hospitals in one day was 606 patients, in December 2020.
At that time, more patients needed intensive care: 213, compared to the 182 patients with COVID in Utah’s ICUs as of Friday. But hospital staffing is now tighter than in 2020, Utah hospital administrators have said.
ICUs in the state’s larger, “referral” hospitals had a 93.9% capacity — above the 85% threshold hospital administrators say is needed to accommodate unpredictable staffing levels, new patients, and availability of specialized equipment and staff.
Statewide, 91.9% of all ICU beds are filled.
The Utah Department of Health also reported eight more COVID-19 deaths in the past day on Friday. One of those deaths happened before December 14, and it was only recently confirmed that it was caused by the coronavirus, the health department advised.
The number of children being vaccinated continues to rise: 106,198 children aged 5-11 have received at least one dose since they became eligible. That’s 29.1% of kids that age in Utah, according to the health department. And 74,313 of those kids are fully vaccinated — 20.4% of that age group.
The number of children being vaccinated continues to rise: 107,142 children aged 5-11 have received at least one dose since they became eligible. That’s 29.4% of kids that age in Utah, according to the health department. And 75,149 of those kids are fully vaccinated — 20.6% of that age group.
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Breakdown of Updated Figures
Last Day Vaccine Doses/Total Doses Delivered • 11,201 / 4,695,762.
Number of Utahns fully vaccinated • 1,926,672 – 58.9% of Utah’s total population. That’s an increase of 1,757 in the past day.
Cases reported in the past day • 11,128.
Vaccination status • Health officials do not immediately release or immediately release the vaccination status of individuals who test positive, are hospitalized, or who die. They do calculate the overall risk ratios of these outcomes depending on the vaccination status, which is listed below.
Tests reported in the past day • 26,278 people were tested for the first time. A total of 49,316 people were tested.
Deaths reported in the past day • eight.
There were four deaths in Salt Lake County: two males, ages 45-64, a male age 65-84, and a female age 85 or older.
Davis County reported two deaths – both men 65-84.
And Washington and Weber counties each reported one death — both were men ages 25-44.
Utahns currently hospitalized with COVID-19 • 672. That is 34 more than reported Thursday. Of those currently hospitalized, 182 are in intensive care – the same number reported Thursday.
Percentage of positive tests • According to the original method of the state, the rate is 42.3% in the past day. That is higher than the seven-day average of 37.2%.
The state’s new method counts all test results, including repeated tests from the same individual. Friday’s rate was 22.6%, lower than the seven-day average of 25.6%.
Risk ratios • In the past four weeks, unvaccinated Utahns were 14.6 times more likely to die from COVID-19 than vaccinated people, according to an analysis by the Utah Department of Health. The unvaccinated were also 6.5 times more likely to be hospitalized and 2.3 times more likely to test positive for the coronavirus.
Totals to date • 750,334 cases; 3,951 dead; 29,029 hospital admissions; 4,533,835 people tested.