Utah confirms 350 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, lowest in month

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SALT LAKE CITY — Sunday brought Utah 350 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, marking the lowest daily increase in cases in more than a month.

The cases were confirmed as 5,212 tests were recorded, with a positive rate of 6.7%, according to the Utah Department of Health. They bring the state’s total since the pandemic began to 37,973 of 505,351 people tested, a 7.5% positive rate.

Sunday was also the first day since June 22 when fewer than 400 cases were confirmed.

The drop comes after a spike on Friday of 863 new cases and another 661 added Saturday, well above Gov. Gary Herbert’s goal to have average daily cases drop to 500 or less by Aug. 1. Herbert said if the state doesn’t meet that goal, he could take “more aggressive action by the government” that could include a statewide mask mandate.

The rolling seven-day average for daily new cases is 541, according to Sunday’s report, and the average positive rate of tests is 9.1%.

Currently, 210 people are hospitalized with the novel coronavirus in Utah, eight more than on Saturday. The state’s intensive care units are 62% full, and nonintensive units are 47% full.

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