Tuesday COVID-19 Update: 560 New Cases Statewide, 13 COVID-19 Deaths Including A Child
Utah Department of Health reported 13 COVID-19 deaths Tuesday; one of the deaths was a child between the ages of 1-14 years old.
The Utah Department of Health reported that a Salt Lake County boy under the age of 14 died from COVID-19. He was hospitalized at the time of his death.
The report said the department can’t release any more information on the death due to medical privacy laws but reminded the public to be "vigilant about public health precautions."
According to Utah’s coronavirus dashboard, there have been less than five children in both the 0-1 and 1-14 age groups who have died from the virus. To date, 1,990 Utahns have died from COVID-19.
New COVID-19 cases were up week over week. Utah saw 560 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, which is about 70 more cases than the state saw at the same time last week.
However testing week over week was also up. There were 6,185 people tested for the first time which is about 600 more than last week. And there were also 16,450 total tests administered. On average about 4% of “tests over tests” are coming back positive, while the percent positivity for “people over people” is around 9%.
In the Wasatch Back, Summit County reported eight new cases. In comparison, last Tuesday, Summit saw 11. Wasatch County reported six new cases. Last Tuesday, the county saw seven.
The department also reported 43 new hospitalizations. There are 187 people in the hospital for COVID-19, in the state. Around 67% of all referral center ICU beds are in use, which is the lowest usage since mid-October.
A reported, 20,737 people were vaccinated for COVID-19 since Monday, bringing the total number to 878,487 doses administered. Both Summit and Wasatch Counties are registering to vaccinate residents 50-years or older and people with certain underlying medical conditions.