Health Officials Urge Vaccinations For Utahns

S. F. Mori

COVID-19 is surging with the Delta variant

The number of adults who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccines has now reached over 70% in the State of Utah. There are some counties which are below 60%, however. State health officials are urging Utahns to get the vaccines. They are readily available in most areas of the state.

The Utah Department of Health reported on July 8, 2021, that there were 668 new COVID-19 cases reported in the state. That is the most new cases in Utah for a single day in around four months. There were 699 new cases reported on March 17. The numbers had been going down, but they have been trending upward since the Delta variant appeared. The surge in cases has been attributed to the Delta variant, which is highly contagious. The new cases of COVID-19 in Utah are nearly all of people who did not receive the COVID vaccines.

The seven-day rolling average of positive cases in Utah is at 379. There were two deaths reported on Thursday.

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Utah Department of Health deputy director, Dr. Michelle Hofmann, spoke at a news conference. She was quoted by KSL.TV News as saying: "We know what it takes to slow the spread and stop the spread of COVID-19. Just think about our loved ones and the risk that this surge is posing to all of them."

Twelve Utah counties are designated as high transmission areas for COVID-19 according to health officials. Those counties are Box Elder, Carbon, Duchesne, Iron, Juab, Millard, San Juan, Sanpete, Sevier, Tooele, Uintah and Washington. Eleven of those counties have fewer than 60% of adults who have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

Health officials put this warning on Twitter: "The COVID-19 pandemic is not over. But the vaccine can end it. If you haven't been vaccinated, now is the time."

Utah has administered 2,895,700 vaccine doses in the state. A total of 1,596,456 residents or 49.8% of the total population of the state have received at least one dose of the vaccine. About 44.4% of the population or 1,423,411 Utahns have been fully vaccinated, according to the health department.
Since children are now allowed to receive the vaccine, health officials are asking parents to protect their children from the disease by having them vaccinated. Hofmanm said at the news conference regarding children: "It is not a non-issue in children. It is a disease that occurs in children."
Hofmann, who is a pediatrician, reported that nearly 81,000 kids in Utah ages 18 and younger have now been infected with COVID-19 during the pandemic. Of those, 729 were hospitalized with 45 who were in intensive care. Two children died from COVID in Utah.
She said that those rates are much higher than the flu and that it would take several flu seasons to cause as many child hospitalizations as COVID caused in 18 months. She said, “The fact of the matter is children are impacted by COVID-19." Children can develop other problems which are serious and could cause deaths.
The COVID-19 problem is far from over. As numbers of new cases are surging, they have been determined to be almost entirely among people who were not vaccinated for one reason or another. People are being urged by health care professionals to get the vaccines, which they say are safe and effective. The vaccines have been proven to provide good protection against the disease for most people.

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I am a retired President/CEO of civil rights organizations. I have been a Mayor and California State Assemblyman as well as a College Instructor of Economics. I have also been an entrepreneur and international business consultant. I will be sharing articles mostly about life, politics, racism, travel, health, and relationships.

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