SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — The Utah Department of Health is reporting 472 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 Sunday, bringing the total to 21,100 total cases since the outbreak in mid-March. That’s a 2.3% increase from Saturday.
The state did not report any new deaths, remaining at 167 total deaths.
The health department reported 31 new hospitalizations since Sunday, adding up to 1,396 total. 192 of these cases are currently hospitalized.
The state administered 5,647 new tests by Sunday morning, bringing the total amount of tests to 328,449 tests — with an overall 6.4% testing positive rate. 11,931 cases are considered recovered.
This update comes after a weekend of high numbers, with Utah recording a record for highest single-day increase of 676 new cases on Friday. State epidemiologist Dr. Angela Dunn has warned over the past week if Utah doesn’t begin seeing decreases in its case numbers, the state will need to begin reimposing restrictions.
In an effort to avoid reimposed restrictions and economic downturn, Gov. Gary Herbert has said he does not plan to shut down the economy. Instead, he granted the requests of both Salt Lake County and Summit County to mandate masks and face coverings.
Salt Lake County accounts for nearly half of the state’s COVID-19 cases, reporting 10,629 confirmed cases and 106 deaths Sunday. Summit County has reported 483 cases, but was an early epicenter for the disease in mid-March.
According to the charts on the Utah Department of Health’s website, the state looked like it had flattened the curve throughout April and May. However, the state began seeing spikes in cases in June — despite the curve of testing numbers remaining somewhat flat.
Individual charts for separate Utah counties show that some counties have flattened the curve with others seeing recent growth — with Salt Lake County seeing spikes and a continual growth in the last month.
However, cumulative case rates show a majority of counties seeing growth late May and early June, with some beginning to flatten the curve.
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