Three weeks after Thanksgiving, Utah’s COVID-19 case rates declining

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SALT LAKE CITY — The Beehive State has seen a gradual decrease in its new COVID-19 cases and positive test rate over the past three weeks — despite concerns that Thanksgiving would worsen the ongoing surge, according to Utah Department of Health data.

The state’s rolling seven-day average for new cases is now 2,442 per day, while the positive lab test rate is 22.8%, health officials reported.

Over the last week, the average daily case count fell about 200, down from 2,633 on Sunday, Dec. 13. The average positivity rate also fell more nearly 2% from 24.6%. The week before on Dec. 6, the rolling average for new cases was 3,077 per day, and the average positivity rate of lab tests was 26.6%.

Before and after Thanksgiving, hospital and state leaders expressed concern that the holiday could exacerbate the strain on Utah’s health system and residents’ vigilance would determine how the state fared.

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