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In-Depth: Utah's breakthrough cases of COVID-19

Posted at 5:48 PM, Aug 31, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-01 10:33:44-04

SALT LAKE CITY — A report published today by USA Facts shows that the COVID-19 vaccines have dramatically reduced hospitalizations among the vaccinated, even as fully vaccinated Americans experience breakthrough cases due to the delta variant of the coronavirus.

The same is true in Utah, as seen in numbers from the Utah Department of Health. Vaccinated Utahns are experiencing breakthrough cases.

Utah has:

  • 3.27 million people.
  • 1.57 million fully vaccinated people (48%).
  • 10,318 breakthrough cases.
  • 1 in 147 fully vaccinated residents who have tested positive.

Still, breakthrough cases are rare.

The Utah Department of Health publishes incidence rates of each population. The rates allow a direct comparison of infections, hospitalizations and deaths in populations that are changing every day.

The data shows, unvaccinated Utahns are at a 5.4 times greater risk of hospitalization because of COVID-19.

Unvaccinated Utahns are at a 5.8 times greater risk of dying of COVID-19.