Antibody treatment center opens to reduce hospitalizations; Utah confirms 1724 new COVID cases – KSL.com

Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine vials sit on a table at a vaccination clinic at the Shepherd Union Atrium at Weber State University in Ogden on Aug. 10. Utah health officials confirmed 1,724 new COVID-19 cases and 12 deaths Wednesday. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News) SALT LAKE CITY– The Utah Department of Health announced Wednesday the launch of a new COVID-19 antibody treatment center that authorities hope will assist avoid hospitalizations.The health departments Monoclonal Antibody Infusion Center opened on the campus of the Intermountain Healthcare Employee Services Center, 5245 College Drive, in Murray.” This deployable medical center will function as a high volume site, offering treatment to as numerous as 50 clients each day, and supplementing monoclonal antibody infusions already happening in healthcare facilities across Utah,” state health authorities stated in a statement.Since last November, 7,100 locals received monoclonal antibody infusions, which officials said prevented about 900 hospitalizations.” When appropriately determined and treated with monoclonal antibodies, one in eight Utahns at the highest risk of serious illness from COVID-19 can avoid being hospitalized,” the health department said.Utah Senate President Stuart Adams, R-Layton, commemorated the centers opening, stating in a declaration he hopes it will “move the needle to lower hospitalizations and conserve lives.” Adams pointed to an Intermountain Healthcare research study released in August. It found that 600 patients who were offered the drug were 57% less likely to require hospitalization compared to the 5,000 patients in the study who didnt get the treatment.The treatment infuses a COVID-19 clients blood with antibodies that lock onto the virus, instead of the vaccines, which trigger a persons body immune system to create its own antibodies. The monoclonal antibody treatment has actually been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration because December, and has been used in Utah ever since, Intermountain medical professionals stated in August.Monoclonal antibody treatments are most reliable in patients who are unvaccinated, at a greater risk for COVID-19, and who are early on in the course of their disease, researchers said.” It is our task to do everything in our power to conserve as numerous lives as possible. We can not disregard to any treatment that will avoid additional hospitalizations and deaths. With the treatment covered by the federal government, it eliminates financial hurdles Utahns might feel when choosing to get the treatment,” Adams stated.” We need to continue to pursue making treatment convenient and widely available for Utahns. It is very important that we take advances, not backwards, in our COVID-19 action and alleviate health centers from being overwhelmed,” he said, thanking health care workers for their efforts to care for patients.Utah health officials confirmed 1,724 brand-new COVID-19 cases and 12 deaths on Wednesday.School-age children represented 371 of the brand-new cases– 159 cases were ages 5-10, 94 cases were 11-13, and 118 cases were 14-17, the Utah Department of Health said in an everyday update.The rolling seven-day average for brand-new cases now stands at 1,443, and the percent positivity rate of those tested is 13.7%. Health care workers administered 6,048 vaccines because Tuesdays report, bringing total vaccinations given up Utah to 3,405,516 dosages, according to the data.In the last 28 days, unvaccinated locals have actually faced 5.3 times higher danger of dying from COVID-19, 7.2 times higher threat of being hospitalized due to the coronavirus and 6.6 times higher risk of testing positive than immunized individuals, state health authorities said.Since Feb. 1, unvaccinated residents have experienced 4.4 times higher danger of passing away from COVID-19, 5.1 times greater threat of being hospitalized due to the illness and 4.4 times higher danger of testing positive for COVID-19 than immunized people, data shows.Since vaccines appeared start early this year, the state has actually verified 15,470 development cases, 810 development hospitalizations and 99 breakthrough deaths. Cases are counted as breakthrough if clients were fully vaccinated more than 2 weeks prior to they evaluated favorable for the coronavirus.On Wednesday, 561 individuals were hospitalized with COVID-19 in Utah, a reduction of 19 given that the previous day. Recommendation ICUs that can deal with the most seriously ill clients were 93.9% complete with coronavirus clients and others; general ICU use stood at 91.9%; and non-ICUs throughout the state were 64.5% full.One of the deaths reported Wednesday took place prior to September. The current deaths include: A Box Elder County guy, in between the ages of 65-84, who was hospitalized when he died.A Box Elder County female, older than 85, long-term care center resident.A Cache County female, 65-84, not hospitalized.A Davis County guy, 65-84, not hospitalized.A Davis County lady, 65-84, long-term care facility resident.A Davis County guy, 65-84, hospitalized.A Salt Lake County male, 65-84, hospitalized.A Salt Lake County woman, older than 85, not hospitalized.A San Juan County lady, 65-84, hospitalized.A Utah County male, older than 85, long-lasting care center resident.A Utah County woman, 65-84, hospitalized.A Utah County guy, 65-84, hospitalized. × More stories you may be interested in

It is important that we take steps forward, not backward, in our COVID-19 reaction and alleviate hospitals from being overwhelmed,” he said, thanking health care workers for their efforts to care for patients.Utah health officials validated 1,724 new COVID-19 cases and 12 deaths on Wednesday.School-age children accounted for 371 of the brand-new cases– 159 cases were ages 5-10, 94 cases were 11-13, and 118 cases were 14-17, the Utah Department of Health said in an everyday update.The rolling seven-day average for new cases now stands at 1,443, and the percent positivity rate of those evaluated is 13.7%. Health care employees administered 6,048 vaccines because Tuesdays report, bringing overall vaccinations given in Utah to 3,405,516 dosages, according to the data.In the last 28 days, unvaccinated citizens have actually faced 5.3 times higher danger of dying from COVID-19, 7.2 times higher risk of being hospitalized due to the coronavirus and 6.6 times greater danger of screening positive than vaccinated individuals, state health authorities said.Since Feb. 1, unvaccinated residents have actually experienced 4.4 times higher risk of passing away from COVID-19, 5.1 times higher threat of being hospitalized due to the illness and 4.4 times higher risk of screening positive for COVID-19 than vaccinated people, data shows.Since vaccines became available start early this year, the state has verified 15,470 breakthrough cases, 810 development hospitalizations and 99 breakthrough deaths. The most current deaths consist of: A Box Elder County male, in between the ages of 65-84, who was hospitalized when he died.A Box Elder County woman, older than 85, long-term care facility resident.A Cache County female, 65-84, not hospitalized.A Davis County guy, 65-84, not hospitalized.A Davis County female, 65-84, long-term care center resident.A Davis County man, 65-84, hospitalized.A Salt Lake County male, 65-84, hospitalized.A Salt Lake County female, older than 85, not hospitalized.A San Juan County woman, 65-84, hospitalized.A Utah County man, older than 85, long-lasting care facility resident.A Utah County woman, 65-84, hospitalized.A Utah County guy, 65-84, hospitalized.