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COVID-19 in Utah: 1,264 new cases, 8,251 new vaccinations

Oct 5, 2021, 4:10 PM
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The Utah Department of Health is using a Wastewater Surveillance Program to help detect cases of COVID-19 around the state. (Credit: Paul Nelson)
(Credit: Paul Nelson)

SALT LAKE CITY — On Tuesday the Utah Department of Health added 1,264 additional cases of COVID-19 to the tally they’ve been keeping (and providing to the public) since the beginning of the global pandemic in March 2020.

COVID-19 in Utah

The newest cases bring the number of Utahns who have contracted COVID-19 to 514,773.

And the battle against the virus continues, too.  On Tuesday Utah health officials reported that an additional 8,251 Utahns had received vaccinations and that the total number of Utahns who are fully vaccinated is nearly 1,698,000. 

Screengrab from https://coronavirus.utah.gov/case-counts/ Accessed October 5, 2021, 1:53 p.m. MDT.

Since the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year, the UDOH has been providing a further breakdown in their daily COVID-19 briefing of the number of school-aged children in Utah who have COVID-19. On Tuesday, there were 267 additional cases of children between ages 5 and 17 that had cases of COVID-19. 

Children ages 5-10 accounted for 123 of the new cases in Utah children. In the 11-13 age group there were 56 new cases of COVID-1 reported on Tuesday. Utah health officials reported 88 cases in children ages 14-17.

Another new group of numbers provided by Utah health officials is the vaccinated vs. unvaccinated risk ratio. They report that, in the last 28 days, people who are unvaccinated are at 6.6 times greater risk of dying from COVID.19, 7.2 times greater risk of being hospitalized, and 6.4 times greater risk of testing positive for COVID-19 than vaccinated people.

Rolling averages and trends

According to the UDOH, the rolling 7-day average for positive COVID-19 tests in Utah is 1,395 per day.

Health officials report an increase of 1,264 Utahns tested for COVID-19 since the day before and an increase of 8,475 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 10.2%. 

 


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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COVID-19 in Utah: 1,264 new cases, 8,251 new vaccinations