Utah update: 2,000 new cases of COVID-19

Oct 27, 2021, 1:47 PM | Updated: 2:03 pm
FILE: A nurse reaches for a vial of Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at a pop up vaccine clinic in ...
FILE: A nurse reaches for a vial of Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at a pop up vaccine clinic in the Arleta neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, August 23, 2021. Photo credit: Robyn Beck AFP via Getty Images.

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Health (UDOH) reported 2,068 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, Oct. 27, for a total of 546,213 since the pandemic began.

In addition, the agency reported 538 Utahns required hospitalization for COVID-19 on Wednesday. Another 22 Utahns died as the result of novel coronavirus and the UDOH noted that nine of those deaths occurred before October 1, 2021. 

COVID-19 and school-age children

Utah health officials said of the 2, 068 new cases, 413 occurred among school-age children. Broken down, there were 204 new cases among children ages 5 – 10, 98 new cases among children ages 11 – 13, and 111 new cases among Utah teens ages 14 – 17. 

Vaccines and risk assessment 

Health officials said that 15,579 more Utahns received the COVID-19 vaccine in the latest UDOH numbers. To date, health officials in the state have administered 3,705,391 vaccine doses. 

Information provided by the Utah Department of Health and accessed Oct. 27, 2021 at 1:43 p.m. MDT, screenshot taken Oct. 27, 2021,

According to Utah health officials, for the last 28 days, the risk of coming down with COVID-19 is 5.3 times greater for unvaccinated Utahns. For hospitalization, the risk to the unvaccinated is 10.65 times greater than that of vaccinated Utahns. And health officials report unvaccinated Utahns face 17.5 times greater risk of death from the novel coronavirus than vaccinated Utahns. 

Rolling averages and trends 

According to the UDOH, the rolling 7-day average for positive COVID-19 tests in Utah is 1,618 per day. 

Health officials report an increase of 10,727 Utahns tested for COVID-19 since the day before and an increase of 20,922 tests performed. 

That means the rolling 7-day average of people testing positive in Utah is 16.9%, and the rolling 7-day average of total positive test results is 11%. 

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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