Utah’s COVID-19 death toll continues to climb

Unvaccinated persons are 17.4 occasions extra more likely to die than vaccinated and boosted Utahns.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Nurse Ashley Hafer fills syringes with the Moderna vaccine for individuals lined up on Thursday, March 18, 2021, on the Utah Movie Studios.

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The variety of new circumstances of COVID-19 reported in Utah continues to be a fraction of what it was just a few weeks in the past, however the variety of deaths continues to rise.

On Thursday, the Utah Division of Well being reported 5 extra deaths. That brings the entire thus far in February to 279 — 6.3% of the entire of 4,397 for the reason that first demise in Utah was reported 23 months in the past on March 22, 2020.

There have been 334 deaths previously month — 7.6% of the entire.

The Utah Division of Well being additionally reported 627 new COVID-19 circumstances on Wednesday, the seventh day in a row that the reported case depend has been under 1,000.

On Thursday, UDOH started reporting the danger components for unvaccinated Utahns in comparison with each absolutely vaccinated individuals and absolutely vaccinated individuals who have additionally obtained a booster shot. Prior to now 4 weeks, unvaccinated Utahns had been 5.7 occasions as more likely to die of COVID-19 as vaccinated individuals had been; 2.4 occasions as more likely to be hospitalized; and twice as more likely to take a look at optimistic for the coronavirus.

In comparison with vaccinated and boosted Utahns, the unvaccinated had been 17.4 occasions extra more likely to die of COVID-19; 6.5 occasions extra more likely to be hospitalized; and a pair of.5 occasions extra more likely to take a look at optimistic.

In response to state knowledge, 60.9% of Utahns had been absolutely vaccinated as of Thursday. Nonetheless, researchers have discovered {that a} booster is essential to stop critical sickness — and simply 26.6% of all Utahns have obtained a booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

After declining steadily for the previous couple of weeks, the variety of Utahns hospitalized with COVID-19 rose by 37 previously day to 395. There are 102 individuals with COVID-19 hospitalized in Utah intensive care models, a rise of 10 previously day.

ICUs within the state’s bigger “referral” hospitals had been at 79.8% capability, decrease than the 85% threshold that hospital directors have mentioned is important to depart room for unpredictable staffing ranges, new sufferers and availability of specialised gear and personnel.

ICUs in these bigger hospitals had surpassed 85% occupancy nearly constantly since late August, however numbers dropped under that threshold final week. General, 75.4% of ICU beds throughout the state are crammed, and 19.6% of ICU sufferers had been hospitalized with COVID-19

Discover the place to get vaccinated at coronavirus.utah.gov/vaccine-distribution. Discover the place to get examined at coronavirus.utah.gov/utah-covid-19-testing-locations.

Breakdown of up to date figures

Vaccine doses administered previously day/whole doses administered • 3,155 / 4,935,407.

Variety of Utahns absolutely vaccinated • 1,979,92060.9% of Utah’s whole inhabitants. That is a rise of 944 previously day.

Instances reported throughout the previous day • 627.

Vaccination standing • Well being officers don’t instantly have or launch the vaccination standing of people who take a look at optimistic, who’re hospitalized or who die. They do calculate the general threat ratios of those outcomes relying on vaccination standing, which is listed under.

Exams reported previously day • A complete of 10,745 individuals had been examined.

Deaths reported previously day • 5.

All of the deaths occurred in Salt Lake County — two males between the ages of 65-84, and two males and a girl 85-plus.

Hospitalizations reported previously day • 395. That’s 37 extra than reported on Wednesday. Of these at present hospitalized, 92 are in intensive care, three greater than reported on Wednesday. And 42% of sufferers in ICUs are being handled for COVID-19.

Share of optimistic checks • Beneath the state’s authentic methodology, the speed was 14.4% previously day. That’s decrease than the seven-day common of 19.3%.

The state’s new methodology counts all take a look at outcomes, together with repeated checks of the identical particular person. Thursday’s charge was 5.8%, decrease than the seven-day common of 11.4%.

[Read more: Utah is changing how it measures the rate of positive COVID-19 tests. Here’s what that means.]

Totals up to now • 921,531 circumstances; 4.397 deaths; 33,073 hospitalizations; 9,200,328 checks administered.

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