New COVID-19 cases dropped more than 20% last week in Utah

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Utah reported far fewer coronavirus cases in the week ending Sunday, adding 17,838 new cases. That’s down 20.8% from the previous week’s toll of 22,526 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.

Utah ranked No. 6 among the states where coronavirus was spreading the fastest on a per-person basis, a USA TODAY Network analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the latest week the United States added 1,523,301 reported cases of coronavirus, a decrease of -11.1% from the week before. Across the country, 9 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.

Testing has changed around the holidays, making comparisons difficult. Labs and testing sites closed. People traveled or prepared for the holidays instead of getting tested. Some counties and states didn’t report data as quickly.

Across Utah, cases fell in six counties, with the best declines in Salt Lake, Davis and Utah counties.

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