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A record 9,813 new coronavirus cases were reported in Utah in the past day, the Utah Department of Health announced Tuesday.
It marked the third day recently where daily new cases exceeded 9,000. Before last week, the highest number of new cases reported in a single day was 4,207, announced more than a year ago, on Dec. 30. 2020.
The rolling seven-day average of new positive cases continues to climb, now at 8,524 — the highest it has been since the pandemic began. Before last week, the highest that figure had ever been was 3,392, reported on Nov. 22, 2020.
Hospitalizations continued to climb, with 579 Utahns concurrently hospitalized with the coronavirus — putting Tuesday’s patient count in the top 3% of the pandemic. ICU patient counts were lower, with 178 Utahns with COVID-19 requiring intensive care.
ICUs in Utah’s larger, “referral” hospitals were at 88% capacity, which is down from Monday’s 96% but still above the 85% threshold that hospital administrators have said is necessary to leave room for shifting staff levels, new patients and availability of specialized equipment and personnel.
The health department on Tuesday also reported 15 more COVID-19 deaths, three of which occurred before Dec. 11, officials advised.
The number of children getting vaccinated continues to climb: 104,217 children ages 5-11 have received at least one dose since they became eligible. That is 28.6% of kids that age in Utah, according to the health department. And 72,329 of those kids have been fully vaccinated — 19.8% of that age group.
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Breakdown of updated figures
Vaccine doses administered in the past day/total doses administered • 11,321 / 4,659,643.
Number of Utahns fully vaccinated • 1,920,838 — 58.7% of Utah’s total population.
Cases reported in the past day • 9,813.
Cases among school-age children • Kids in grades K-12 accounted for 2,012 of the new cases announced Tuesday — 20.5% of the total. There were 680 cases reported in children aged 5-10; 423 cases in children 11-13; and 909 cases in children 14-18.
Vaccination status • Health officials do not immediately have or release the vaccination status of individuals who test positive, who are hospitalized, or who die. They do calculate the overall risk ratios of these outcomes depending on vaccination status, which is listed below.
Tests reported in the past day • 22,727 people were tested for the first time. A total of 44,349 people were tested.
Deaths reported in the past day • 15. (UDOH did not indicate in its breakdown which deaths occurred before Dec. 11.)
Salt Lake County reported five deaths: two women ages 25 to 44; two women ages 65 to 84; and a man age 65 to 84.
Davis County reported three deaths, all women: one age 65 to 84, and two 85 or older.
Weber County also reported three deaths: two women — one age 45 to 64, the other age 65 to 84 — and a man who was 85 or older.
Utah County reported two deaths, a man and a woman both 85 or older.
A Tooele County man age 25 to 44 also died, as did a San Juan County man age 65 to 84.
Utahns currently hospitalized with COVID-19 • 579. That is 38 more than reported on Monday. Of those currently hospitalized, 178 are in intensive care — four fewer than reported on Monday.
Percentage of positive tests • Under the state’s original method, the rate is 43% in the past day. That is higher than the seven-day average of 33.6%.
The state’s new method counts all test results, including repeated tests of the same individual. Tuesday’s rate was 22.1%, lower than the seven-day average of 23%.
Risk ratios • In the past four weeks, unvaccinated Utahns were 15.7 times as likely to die of COVID-19 than vaccinated people were, according to a Utah Department of Health analysis. The unvaccinated also were 7 times as likely to be hospitalized, and 1.9 times as likely to test positive for the coronavirus.
Totals to date • 715,996 cases; 3,922 deaths; 28,593 hospitalizations; 4,456,737 people tested.
— This story is developing and will be updated.