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The Utah Department of Health reported 11 more COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday, bringing the state’s death toll since the pandemic began to 3,606.
That means six days into December, 61 deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported in Utah — an average of 10.17 deaths reported per day.
That’s similar to the average number of deaths reported in November (10.26 per day), and higher than the average reported in October (9.48 per day).
Five of those who died in the past day were under the age of 65. Of those, one was between the ages of 25-44, and four were between the ages of 45-64.
The Health Department reported 1,122 new coronavirus cases in the past day. The rolling seven-day average of new positive cases stands at 1,540.
The number of children getting vaccinated continues to climb — 75,839 children ages 5-11 have gotten at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine since they became eligible; that’s 20.8% of kids within that age range in Utah, according to the Health Department.
Intensive care units in the state remain near capacity. UDOH reported Tuesday that 94.6% of all ICU beds in Utah and 98% of ICU beds in larger medical centers in the state are occupied. (Hospitals consider any figure over 85% to be functionally full). Of all ICU patients, 42% are being treated for COVID-19.
Vaccine doses administered in the past day/total doses administered • 16,717 / 4,254,139.
Number of Utahns fully vaccinated • 1,839,828 — 56.2% of Utah’s total population. That is an increase of 4,851 in the past day.
Cases reported in the past day • 1,122.
Cases among school-age children • Kids in grades K-12 accounted for 174 of the new cases announced Tuesday — 15.5% of the total. There were 91 cases reported in children aged 5-10; 37 cases in children 11-13; and 46 cases in children 14-18.
Tests reported in past day • 6,099 people were tested for the first time. A total of 13,521 people were tested.
Deaths reported in past day • 11.
There were four deaths in Utah County — a man between the ages of 45-64, and two men and a woman 65-84. Two Weber County residents died — a man 65-84 and a woman 85 or older.
Five counties each reported one death — a man 25-44 in Cache County; a man 45-64 in Davis County; a man 45-64 in Salt Lake County; a man 45-64 in Wasatch County; and a woman 85 or older in Washington County.
Hospitalizations reported in the past day • 516. That is 14 more than reported on Monday. Of those currently hospitalized, 207 are in intensive care, three more than reported on Monday. And 42% of patients in ICUs are being treated for COVID-19.
Percentage of positive tests • Under the state’s original method, the rate is 18.4% in the past day. That is higher than the seven-day average of 15.9%.
The state’s new method counts all test results, including repeated tests of the same individual. Tuesday’s rate was 8.3%, lower than the seven-day average of 10.6%.
Risk ratios • In the past four weeks, unvaccinated Utahns were 14 times more likely to die of COVID-19 than vaccinated people, according to a Utah Department of Health analysis. The unvaccinated also were nine times more likely to be hospitalized, and 3.5 times more likely to test positive for the coronavirus.
Totals to date • 606,531 cases; 3,606 deaths; 26,340 hospitalizations; 4,036,145 people tested.