Four of the eight Utah COVID-19 deaths reported today were under age 45

Aug 4, 2021, 7:33 PM
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FILE: Medical staffers Christopher Peter (R) and Paul Truna check on the comfort of a patient wearing a helmet-based ventilator in the COVID-19 intensive care unit (ICU) at the United Memorial Medical Center on November 29, 2020 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Go Nakamura/Getty Images)
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SALT LAKE CITY — Among the eight COVID-19 deaths reported Wednesday by the Utah Department of Health was a young man between the ages of 15 and 24. 

There were also three people, a woman and two men, between the ages of 25 and 44. 

In other words, a full half of the reported deaths from COVID-19 in Utah today involved people under the age of 45. 

And while it is not known if these patients contracted the delta variant of the COVID-19 virus, it is known that the delta variant accounts for 83% of new COVID-19 cases in Utah. 

COVID-19 cases and deaths in Utah

The Utah Department of Health reported 1,050 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, for a total of 436,487 since the pandemic began. 

Related: ICUs are “at or beyond functional capacity” with new COVID cases

Of the 6,999 people tested for COVID-19 in Utah on Tuesday, 15%, or 1,050 tested positive. 

Currently, the seven-day average of positive tests in Utah is 907 per day, according to health department figures. 

388 people currently require hospitalization for COVID-19 in Utah. 166 of those patients require care in the intensive care unit, or ICU. 

The state reported a total of eight new deaths Wednesday, for a total of 2,479 since the pandemic began. The victims include a young male, between the ages of 15 and 24, from Weber County, hospitalized at the time of his death; a woman from Cache County between the ages of 25 and 44, not hospitalized at the time of her death; one man from Utah County between the ages of 25 and 44, hospitalized at the time of his death, a man from Weber County between the ages of 25 and 44, hospitalized at the time of his death; two women from Salt Lake County between the ages of 45 and 64, one of whom was hospitalized and one of whom was not; a man from Weber County between the ages of 65 and 84 who lived in a long-term care facility; and another man from Weber County, over the age of 85, who also lived in a long-term care facility. 

Vaccinations continue to climb

Utah health officials reported 8,379 vaccines administered yesterday, for a total of 3,050,326 since vaccinations began.

Thus far, 1,491,534 Utahns are fully vaccinated, and 1,689,715 have received at least one dose of vaccine. 

That means about 52.7% of all Utahns have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and about 46.5% of all Utahns are fully vaccinated. 

Currently, children under the age of 12 cannot receive the vaccine. 

Read more: Gov. Cox asks parents to vaccinate kids ages 12 and older

How To Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus

COVID-19 coronavirus spreads person to person, similar to the common cold and the flu. So, to prevent it from spreading:

  • Wash hands frequently and thoroughly, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds.
  • Don’t touch your face.
  • Wear a mask to protect yourself and others per CDC recommendations.
  • Keep children and those with compromised immune systems away from someone who is coughing or sneezing (in this instance, at least six feet).
  • If there is an outbreak near you, practice social distancing (stay at home, instead of going to the movies, sports events, or other activities).
  • Obtain a flu shot.
  • Seek out the COVID-19 vaccine.

Local resources

KSL Coronavirus Q&A 

Utah’s Coronavirus Information 

Utah State Board of Education

Utah Hospital Association

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Utah Coronavirus Information Line – 1-800-456-7707

National Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Commonly asked questions, World Health Organization

Cases in the United States

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Four of the eight Utah COVID-19 deaths reported today were under age 45