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Health department reports 132 new coronavirus cases Sunday

By Graham Dudley, KSL.com | Updated - May 24, 2020 at 1:05 p.m. | Posted - May 24, 2020 at 12:39 p.m.



SALT LAKE CITY — Some Utahns' Memorial Day weekend plans are on hold Sunday, as 132 new positive COVID-19 tests were reported by the Utah Department of Health.

That brings the state to 8,392 total COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began. No deaths from the disease were reported Sunday, and the state's toll remains at 97.

The health department estimates that 5,081 Utahns have recovered from the virus. The state conducted 3,364 new tests since yesterday's report and has now performed at least 194,433 tests for COVID-19 in Utah, a positive rate of 4.3%.

Ninety-six Utahns are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, health department spokesperson Jenny Johnson said in an email Sunday. The department reports 12 new hospitalizations overnight.

It's been just over a week since most of Utah moved to yellow, or "low risk," under the state's reopening plan. Salt Lake City, West Valley City, Magna, Bluff, Mexican Hat and all of Grand County are still under "moderate risk" guidance.

Compared to its neighbors, Utah continues to fare well against COVID-19. Smaller states like Idaho and Wyoming are reporting fewer cases and deaths — 79 and 12, respectively, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

But Nevada, with a population much like Utah's, has reported 392 coronavirus-related deaths. Larger Arizona has seen 799, and Colorado reports 1,327.

The United States as a whole is nearing 100,000 coronavirus-related deaths.

Utah health department data indicates that coronavirus case growth is beginning to plateau again in Utah after growing, on average, for nine consecutive days beginning May 13.

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