Medical worker Bob Ekoh is performing a COVID-19 test at Herriman City Hall on Thursday. Utah again surpassed its record number of new COVID-19 cases on Thursday when medics reported 12,990. (Spenser Heaps, Deseret News)
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SALT LAKE CITY – Utah again surpassed its record numbers of new COVID-19 cases on Thursday when medics reported 12,990.
The seven-day moving average of new cases is 9,564 per day and the average positive rate of people tested is 36.5%, the Utah Department of Health said. Since the previous day’s report, 25,650 people have been tested for coronavirus.
Seven other deaths were also reported.
On Thursday, the state also had the highest number of hospitalized at once with COVID-19 – 638. This is an increase of 30 since the report from the previous day, which was also the previous record. The recommended intensive care units that can treat the most serious patients were full of 90.5% and the total ICU utilization was 88.7%.
Last week, hospitals across the state announced that they were postponing some unnecessary procedures to maintain hospital capacity due to an increase in cases.
School-age children accounted for 3,007 cases reported on Thursdays – 797 cases were aged 5-10, 659 cases were aged 11-13 and 1,551 cases were aged 14-17.
Healthcare professionals have administered about 12,200 doses of the vaccine since the previous day. Now, 64% of Utahans aged 5 years and older are considered fully vaccinated because they received the original two doses of Pfizer or Moderna or the original dose of Johnson and Johnson. Meanwhile, 37.9% of the population received a booster dose.
Of the new cases, there were 5,757 “breakthroughs” among people who had been fully vaccinated more than two weeks before a positive test for the disease. One death was also groundbreaking. Since the vaccines became available, 108,952 breakthroughs and 394 breakthroughs have now been reported in Utah.
Since the onset of the pandemic, Utah has recorded 739,206 cases and 3,943 deaths due to COVID-19. As of Thursday, it is estimated that 115,901 people in Utah have an active coronavirus infection. The mortality rate of confirmed cases is now 0.53%.
Recent deaths include:
- A Davis County woman aged 45 to 64 who was hospitalized when she died.
- A woman from Davis County, 25-44, a resident of a long-term care facility.
- A woman from Salt Lake County, 65-84, hospitalized.
- Utah County man, over 85, hospitalized.
- A man from Wasatch County, 65-84, hospitalized.
- Washington County woman, 25-44, hospitalized.