Utah Air National Guard medic Stephanie Young gives Max Lind, 12, a COVID-19 vaccine during a Utah County Health clinic at Equestrian Park in Highland on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021. The Utah Department of Health reported 2,718 new cases since Friday, as well as 12 deaths. ( Jeffrey D.
Allred, Deseret News)
SALT LAKE CITY — School children accounted for nearly 20% of Utah’s 2,718 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend, state health officials reported Monday.
Of cases confirmed since Friday, 534 were school-age children — 203 between the ages 5 and 10; 132 between ages 11 and 13; and 199 between ages 14 and 18, according to the Utah Department of Health.
Since the start of the pandemic, children between the ages of 1 and 14 have accounted for 11% of cases, and children ages 15-24 have represented 23% of cases. At the same time, nine people between 14-25 have died of the disease in Utah, or 0.348% of the state’s total fatalities due to the coronavirus. No COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Utah children younger than 14.
Of the state’s 19,738 hospitalizations during the pandemic, data show fewer than 350 children between 1 and 14 have required hospitalization for the disease, as well as 1,410 teenagers and young adults ages 15-24.
While children and younger adults are less likely to face severe disease with COVID-19, health officials have expressed concern about school children transmitting it to parents and older relatives as school resumes with fewer health precautions than last year.
State health officials celebrated the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s announcement Monday, that it has granted the Pfizer vaccine full approval for use in people ages 16 and older.
“The vaccine has been proven to be safe and highly effective since it first became available under emergency use last December. Full FDA approval is the final step in a rigorous approval process to confirm the vaccine’s safety and effectiveness,” the Utah Department of Health said in a statement, encouraging health care providers who haven’t done so already to enroll as vaccine providers “as soon as possible.”
Friday brought 1,221 additional cases; Saturday brought 863; and 647 people tested positive Sunday. Thirteen previous cases were removed from the state’s case tally after data analysis. Twelve more coronavirus deaths were also confirmed on Monday.
The new cases were confirmed of 17,564 people tested, with a 15.5% positive rate, state health officials said. The rolling seven-day average for new cases is now 1,084, and the percent positivity rate of those tested stands at 14.7%.
Two of the deaths reported Monday occurred before August.
While travel, workplace and social transmission of the disease have remained relatively low, household transmission is accounting for much of the state’s disease spread. For cases with a known source, about 21% were contracted in households as of the week ending Aug. 8, the most recent date for which that data is available.
State health workers administered 20,896 more vaccines since Friday’s report, bringing total vaccinations given in Utah to 3,195,877. In the last 28 days, unvaccinated residents have been at 5.1 times greater risk of dying from COVID-19, 6.4 times greater risk of being hospitalized due to COVID-19, and five times greater risk of testing positive for the disease than vaccinated people.
Of the 2,718 cases confirmed over the weekend, 442 — or 16.3% —were breakthrough cases, meaning the person had been fully vaccinated, state health department data shows. Eighteen additional hospitalizations were among breakthrough patients, and four of the newly confirmed coronavirus fatalities were also fully vaccinated, according to health department data.
Data shows that breakthrough cases have been confirmed in 8,464 people in Utah, 482 of whom have required hospitalization and 39 who have died. The death rate of fully vaccinated coronavirus patients to get COVID-19 stands at 0.00259%.
The latest deaths:
- A Cache County man, between 65 and 84, who was hospitalized when he died.
- A Daggett County man, 65-84, hospitalized.
- A Davis County man, 25-44, not hospitalized.
- A Davis County man, 65-84, hospitalized.
- An Iron County man, 65-84, hospitalized.
- A Salt Lake County man, 45-64, hospitalized.
- A Utah County woman, 45-64, hospitalized.
- A Utah County man, 45-64, hospitalized.
- A Washington County man, 45-64, hospitalized.
- A Washington County man, 65-84, hospitalized.
- A Weber County man, older than 85, a long-term care facility resident.
- A Weber County man, 45-64, hospitalized.
The state health department is urging anyone with any cold-like symptom to get tested for COVID-19 to help them know they need to take precautions to prevent spreading it in their communities. To register, visit testutah.com/en. Testing through TestUtah will be offered throughout the state this week at the following locations:
Box Elder County:
- Brigham City Community Hospital, 950 Medical Dr. (drive-thru), Friday at 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday at 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Bear River Middle School, 300 E. 1500 South, Tremonton (east parking lot), Monday at 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Tuesday at 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Cache Valley Hospital, 2380 N. 400 East, North Logan (drive-thru in the parking lot), Monday through Saturday at 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Hyrum (drive-thru), 695 E. Main St., Logan, Thursday at 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Bountiful Veterans Park, 740 S. 100 East, Bountiful (drive-thru in the parking lot), Monday through Saturday at 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Ellison Park, 700 N. 2200 West, Layton (drive-thru), Monday at 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Grand Center, 182 N. 500 West, Moab (drive-thru in the west parking lot), Friday at 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday at 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Cedar Fun Center, 170 E. Fiddlers Canyon, Cedar City (drive-thru), Wednesday at 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday at 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday at 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Juab High School, 802 N. 650 East (southeast parking lot), Nephi, Tuesday at 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Salt Lake County:
- Mount Olympus Senior Center, 1634 E. Murray Holladay Road, Salt Lake City (drive-thru in the parking lot), Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Draper Senior Center, 1148 Pioneer Road, Draper (drive-thru in the parking lot), Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- J. Lynn Crane Park, 5355 W. Main Street, Herriman (drive-thru in the northwest parking lot behind Herriman City Hall), Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Centennial Park, 5405 W. 3100 South, West Valley City (drive-thru), Monday at 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday at 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Wednesday at 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- West Jordan City Hall, 8000 S. Redwood Rd., West Jordan (drive-thru), Thursday and Friday at 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday at 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Bluffdale City Park, 2400 W. 14400 South, Bluffdale (drive-thru in the middle parking lot), Monday at 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, at 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Park City High School, 1750 Kearns Blvd., Park City (drive-thru in the west parking lot), Wednesday, at 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Thursday at 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Tooele Park and Ride, 2450 North State Route 36, Tooele (drive-thru in the center of the parking lot), Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Provo Town Center Mall, 1200 Towne Centre Blvd., Provo (drive-thru in the parking lot), Monday through Thursday at 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 1:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday at 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday at 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- Timpanogos Regional Medical Center, 750 W. 800 North, Orem (drive-thru in the parking lot), Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and 1:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday at 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday at 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- Payson, 285 N. 1250 East, Payson (drive-thru in the south parking lot of the Utah County Health Department), Wednesday at 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Thursday at 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Lehi Round-up Rodeo Grounds, 105 N. 500 West, Lehi, Friday at 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday at 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Dixie Technical College, 610 S. Tech Ridge Drive, St. George (drive-thru in the parking lot), Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Ogden Regional Medical Center, 5475 S. 500 East, Ogden (drive-thru in the southwest parking lot), Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Results of tests from TestUtah sites will be emailed with a link to the patient portal where results can be accessed, officials said. For issues with accessing TestUtah results, please call 801-783-1829.
The Utah Department of Health and National Guard is also offering testing for those ages 3 and older, but there is no age limit for saliva testing as long as a child can independently produce enough saliva to be tested with that method. Register online at coronavirus.utah.gov/mobile-testing-locations/. Those mobile test team sites are as follows:
- 5-C Freeport West (from Antelope Drive, enter at 300 West and continue to C Street) Clearfield, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
- Davis Technical College, 550 E. 300 South, Kaysville (testing located in the P1 parking lot), Tuesday through Friday, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Salt Lake County:
- Cannon Health Building, 288 N. 1460 West, Salt Lake City, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
- Utah State Fairpark, 155 N. 1000 West (Enter through the northwest corner at 300 North and 1200 West. Follow the signs to the drive-through testing which is located in the barns near the rodeo arena), Monday at 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesday at 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Testing will then be cancelled at this location until after the Utah State Fair ends.
- Utah Public Health Laboratory, 4431 S. 2700 West, Taylorsville (drive-thru in the west parking lot), Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
- Maverik Center, 3200 S. Decker Lake Dr., West Valley City (drive-thru), Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Cottonwood Heights City Hall, 2277 E. Bengal Blvd., Cottonwood Heights (mobile van testing held in City Hall parking lot), Tuesday and Thursday, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Murray High School, 5450 S. State Street, Murray (mobile van event to be held in the high school parking lot on the State Street side of the school), Monday and Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
- Highland High School, 2166 S. 1700 East (mobile van event in the high school parking lot, enter on 2100 South), Salt Lake City, Monday and Wednesday, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Rio Tinto Stadium, 9256 S. State St., Sandy, Tuesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Elk Ridge Middle School, 3659 W. 9800 South (drive thru in the north parking area), South Jordan, Monday and Wednesday, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Kearns Oquirrh Park Fitness Complex, 5658 Cougar Lane, Kearns (drive-thru in the southeast parking lot closest to the outdoor pool complex, enter from Cougar Lane), Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
- Nebo School District Offices, 350 S. Main (mobile van testing in the south parking lot. Enter from the 300 South side of the Nebo School District Offices and follow the signs), Spanish Fork, Monday, Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
- Wride Park, 5806 Pony Express Pkwy. (mobile van testing event held in the parking area next to the baseball field), Eagle Mountain, Monday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Springville High School, 1015 E. 900 South (testing in the field house parking lot), Springville, Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
- Saratoga Springs, 1320 N. Redwood Road (mobile van event held in the old Smith’s grocery store parking lot at the corner of Redwood Road and Crossroads Blvd.), Saratoga Springs, Monday and Wednesday, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- Wasatch County Health Department, 55 S. 500 East (mobile van event in the north parking lot, enter from Center Street), Heber City, Tuesday and Friday, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- North Shore Aquatic Center, 2480 N. 200 East, North Ogden (mobile van event located in the rear of the aquatic center parking lot), Tuesday and Thursday, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Correction:An earlier version incorrectly said those between ages 14-25 have represented 0.00348% of fatalities. The correct percentage is 0.348%.