Almost 1,300 new COVID-19 cases in Utah on Friday
SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Health reported 1,286 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, for a total of 459,875 since the pandemic began.
In addition, the department reported 467 Utahns required hospitalization for COVID-19 on Friday. Another 8 Utahns died from coronavirus.
COVID-19 and school-age children
Utah health officials said of the 1,286 new cases, 250 occurred among school-age children. Broken down, there were 110 new cases among children ages 5 – 10, 62 new cases among children ages 11 – 13, and 78 new cases among teens ages 14 – 18.
Vaccines and risk assessment
Some 7,881 more Utahns received the COVID-19 vaccine in the latest UDOH numbers. To date, health officials in the state have administered 3,229,046 vaccine doses.
According to the health department, for the last 28 days, the risk of coming down with COVID-19 is 4.9 times greater for unvaccinated Utahns. For hospitalization, the risk to the unvaccinated is 6.2 times greater than that of vaccinated Utahns. And health officials report unvaccinated Utahns face 5 times greater risk of death than vaccinated Utahns.
Rolling averages and trends
According to UDOH, the rolling 7-day average for positive COVID-19 tests in Utah is 1,176 per day.
Health officials report an increase of 8,953 Utahns tested for COVID-19 since the day before, and an increase of 15,634 tests performed.
That means the rolling 7-day average of people testing positive in Utah is 15.4%, and the rolling 7-day average of total positive test results is 10.8%.
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.
Utah Coronavirus Information Line – 1-800-456-7707
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