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Utah reports 140 new COVID-19 cases, 1 death Thursday

Nurse Jon Hight draws a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine into a syringe at the Salt Lake Public Health Center on Sept. 30, 2021. Utah health officials reported 140 new COVID-19 cases, as well as one additional death, on Thursday. (Shafkat Anowar, Deseret News)

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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah health officials reported 140 new COVID-19 cases, as well as one additional death, on Thursday.

The rolling, seven-day average for new cases is 111 per day, according to the Utah Department of Health. Since Wednesday, 2,947 people were tested for the coronavirus across the state. Health officials originally reported a higher number of tests before correcting the number Thursday.

School-age children accounted for 12 of the new cases announced Thursday.

Health care workers administered 3,447 vaccine doses since the previous day’s report, bringing the total number of doses given in Utah to 5,008,767. Now, 74.9% of residents ages 5 and older have received one dose of the vaccine, while 66.5% are considered fully vaccinated. Meanwhile, 33.9% of residents have received a booster shot, state health department data shows.

In the last 28 days, unvaccinated residents saw 2.6 times greater risk of dying from COVID-19, 1.8 times greater risk of being hospitalized due to COVID-19, and 1.8 times greater risk of testing positive for COVID-19 than vaccinated people, the the state health department said.

Compared to people who received booster shots, unvaccinated residents are at 8.9 times greater risk of dying from COVID-19, 4.3 times greater risk of being hospitalized due to COVID-19, and 1.8 times greater risk of testing positive for COVID-19 than boosted people, according to the data.

Currently, 93 patients are hospitalized with the coronavirus across the state — the lowest count since May 2021.

The single death reported Thursday — a Washington County man between the ages of 65 and 84, who was hospitalized when he died — occurred before Feb. 28. The state also removed a previously-reported death from the tally after further investigation.

Since the start of the pandemic just over two years ago, Utah has confirmed 927,922 COVID-19 cases and 4,714 deaths due to the disease.

Thursday marked the final day the Utah Department of Health will report new COVID-19 data each day. Data will henceforth be released on Thursdays at the state coronavirus website at coronavirus.utah.gov/case-counts/.

With Utah no longer offering state-sponsored testing for the disease, health officials said Wednesday they expect to continue monitoring the disease through wastewater testing and information from pharmacies offering COVID-19 treatment.

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A lifelong Utahn, Ashley Imlay covers state politics and breaking news for KSL.com.

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