COVID-19 in Utah: Wednesday, September 1, 2021
SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Health reported 1,685 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, for a total of 466,107 cases since the pandemic began.
In addition, the agency reported 489 Utahns required hospitalization for COVID-19 on Wednesday. Another six Utahns died as the result of coronavirus.
COVID-19 in Utah and school-age children
Utah health officials said of the 1,685 new cases, 411 occurred among school-age children. Broken down, there were 161 new cases among children ages 5 – 10, 105 new cases among children ages 11 – 13, and 145 new cases among teens ages 14 – 18.
Vaccines and risk assessment for COVID-19 in Utah
The latest UDOH numbers showed that 7,649 more Utahns received the COVID-19 vaccine. To date, health officials in the state have administered 3,263,857 vaccine doses.
According to the health department, for the last 28 days, the risk of coming down with COVID-19 is five times greater for unvaccinated Utahns. For hospitalization, the risk to the unvaccinated is 5.7 times greater than that of vaccinated Utahns. And health officials report unvaccinated Utahns face 5.9 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 1,289 per day.
Health officials report an increase of 12,974 Utahns tested for COVID-19 since the day before and an increase of 21,856 tests performed.
That means the rolling 7-day average of people testing positive in Utah is 14.5%, and the rolling 7-day average of total positive test results is 10.45%.
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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