College students in Utah County fueling rise in COVID cases

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — College students in Utah County are driving a rise in confirmed coronavirus cases in the state, health officials said Monday.

Utah reported 563 new cases Monday — bringing the weekly average to nearly 490 per day. That’s the highest it’s been since late July, state figures show.

Nearly four in 10 new cases come from Utah County and the majority are college-aged people, said state epidemiologist Angela Dunn in a news release. The county only accounts for two in 10 state residents.

Utah County is home to Utah Valley University in Orem and Brigham Young University in Provo, which is owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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