Utah exceeds 3,000 deaths from COVID-19 as more young patients succumb to the virus

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More than 3,000 Utahns have now died from the coronavirus, with young patients now succumbing to COVID-19 at a faster rate than before a vaccine was available.

On Tuesday, the Utah Department of Health reported 31 more deaths over the past four days, bringing the total to 3,025 since the pandemic began. The state no longer releases COVID-19 numbers on weekends or holidays, and has not specified on what day Utah reached 3,000 deaths.

About 100 of the last 1,000 people who died from the virus were under the age of 45 – more than double the death rate before February. Of the 31 deaths reported on Tuesday, four were under the age of 45, and 10 were under the age of 65.

And it’s not just that fewer older patients are dying in the age of the coronavirus vaccine. The actual number of young patients dying is increasing sharply.

From mid-August to early October, seven patients ages 15 to 24 died, according to the Utah Department of Health — more than triple the previous 45-day peak. In the same time frame, more than 40 Utahns aged 25-44 died; The previous 45-day peak, in December 2020, was just 33.

[Read more: Coronavirus deaths and hospitalizations surge in southwest Utah as vaccine rates remain low]

These increases occur even with increased immunization of Yutan, either through vaccination or previous infection. Vaccination rates among younger adults range from about 50% to 65% – and have been about that high for about a month and a half, while death rates in those age groups peaked.

Meanwhile, the state has recorded no deaths among vaccinated Utahns under the age of 50. This means that deaths among younger Utahs rose to record numbers even with a population exposed to infection less than half of what it was during previous peaks.

“We have definitely seen more cases of severe illness in infected young people [the delta variant]said Dr. Brandon Webb, an infectious disease physician at Intermountain Healthcare. “We’ve seen it in the older teen/young adult population, and more hospitalization in school-age children. It begs the question whether delta is not only more transmissible but also more virulent in some age groups.”

Determining this is more complicated than simply comparing hospitalizations and deaths with case numbers, Webb said. It may not make sense, but it is possible that young people with risk factors such as obesity, respiratory disease, or smoking receive the vaccination at a lower rate than the lower-risk population. This means that the remaining group of susceptible people are at greater risk of developing serious diseases.

(Christopher Sherrington | The Salt Lake Tribune)

Many vaccinated people who would have had mild cases of COVID-19 don’t show up in the number of cases at all, which could make the death rate or hospitalization per case appear higher even without the virus itself being more deadly.

Webb said researchers have not yet been able to extrapolate vaccination trends from risk factors. But he said it’s possible that the same features that make the delta variant more portable make it more dangerous.

We know it’s more prevalent as a virus; Webb said it achieves very high viral levels. “Higher levels of the virus can lead to a faster engulfment of the immune system. More thieves attacking the castle gate makes it very likely that they will cause more severe illness even in young people.”

Many young patients and their families are traumatized when they end up in intensive care or on a ventilator.

“It’s surprising,” Webb said. “We see it every day in the hospital, where patients admit that they simply don’t think they are at risk of such a serious illness.”

This surprise may be, in part, a normal feature of youth. “It is certainly true that the tendency of younger individuals to underestimate the behavior in general,” he said.

But younger adults often don’t consider themselves to be at high risk, especially for serious illnesses from COVID-19, when they really are.

“There are a lot of adults who are generally healthy, who have not developed serious illnesses, but who are overweight, who are obese, who may have high blood pressure or prediabetes, and simply do not consider themselves unhealthy,” Webb said. . But from a COVID standpoint, this virus doesn’t care. Middle-aged obese males are considered a major target. I think it’s really important that working-age adults understand that, although they generally haven’t been seriously ill, they may have serious risk factors.”

This may be especially true in Utah, where adults of all sizes tend to be active.

“There are a lot of very active adults with a BMI over 30 who, because they are active and generally in good health, consider themselves to be at lower risk than what they consider to be SARS-COV-2,” Webb said.

(Christopher Sherrington | The Salt Lake Tribune)

Utah’s 3,000th death from COVID-19 comes nearly 19 months after the first Utah died from the coronavirus. The 1,000th death from COVID-19 was reported in the state on December 10, 2020 – 263 days after the first death on March 22, 2020. The 2,000th coronavirus death occurred in Utah just 91 days later, on March 11, 2021. Reported 215 days after 2000.

The Ministry of Health has also reported 4,366 cases New coronavirus cases on Tuesday – 1,244 on Friday, 860 on Saturday, 1,221 on Sunday, and 1,101 on Sunday. The seven-day rolling average of positive tests is 1,399 per day.

8,498 Utahns have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus in the past four days, bringing the total to 1,715,053 – 52.4% of Utah’s total population.

The Department of Health reports that ICU units in Utah hospitals have a capacity of 93%, and 46% of patients in ICU beds are hospitalized due to COVID-19.

Vaccine doses given in the last 4 days / total doses taken 27173 / 3,575,508.

Yotanes has been fully vaccinated. 1,715,053.

Cases reported in the past four days • 4,366.

Cases among school-aged children Children in grades K-12 account for 924 of the new cases announced Tuesday. 481 cases have been reported in children aged 5-10; 203 cases of children from 11 to 13 years old; and 240 cases in children 14-18.

Tests reported in the past 4 days • 27,402 people were tested for the first time. A total of 51,961 people were tested.

Reported deaths in the past 4 days • 31.

There have been 10 deaths in Salt Lake County, and the youngest man was between 25 and 44 years old. Three men were between the ages of 45 and 64, two men and two women were between the ages of 65 and 84, and one man and one woman were over 85 years old.

There have been four deaths in Utah County — two men 45-64, a woman 65-84, and a man 85-plus. Weber County has also reported four deaths – two women 25-44, a man 65-84, and a woman over 85.

There have been three deaths in Davis County – a man 25-44 and two men 65-84.

Two counties have reported two deaths – a 65-84 woman and an 85+ man in Sunbeet County, and a 65-84 man and an 85+ woman in Washington County.

Six counties reported one death, and the youngest woman in Emery County was between 45 and 64 years old. The men are from Box Elder County and Carbon County, and the women are from Cache County, Answer County, and San Juan County, ages 65 to 84.

Hospital admissions reported in the past 4 days • 598. That’s 31 more What was reported on Friday. Of those currently hospitalized, 219 are in intensive care – 15 fewer than on Friday.

Percentage of positive tests According to the state’s original method, the rate is 15.9% for the past four days. This is slightly above the seven-day average of 15.7%.

The state’s new method calculates all test results, including repeated tests for the same individual. Tuesday’s rate was 8.4%, below the seven-day average of 10.4%.

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

risk ratios • In the past four weeks, unvaccinated Yutans were 14.6 times more likely to die from the COVID-19 virus than vaccinated people, according to a health department analysis. The unvaccinated were also 11 times more likely to be hospitalized, and 6.4 times more likely to test positive for the coronavirus.

Totals so far • 524,556 cases; 3,025 deaths; hospitalizations 22,884; 3,554,305 people have been tested.

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