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472 more positive coronavirus tests reported Sunday in Utah

By Graham Dudley, | Updated - Jun. 28, 2020 at 1:21 p.m. | Posted - Jun. 28, 2020 at 12:50 p.m.

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Health on Sunday reported 472 new confirmed COVID-19 cases.

That brings Utah to 21,100 total coronavirus cases, up from 20,628 cases the day before. No new deaths were reported Sunday, leaving the state's total at 167.

The health department estimates that 11,931 Utahns have recovered from COVID-19.

The department Sunday also reported the results of an additional 5,647 tests. Utah has now conducted 328,449 total coronavirus tests.

The past month has seen an increasing prevalence of the disease in Utah and high daily case counts, including a record 676 new cases on Friday. Health officials have cautioned the state may have to slow its reopening or even reimpose some restrictions if case rates don't slow down, but Gov. Gary Herbert has said he does not intend to implement another shutdown akin to his "Stay Safe, Stay Home" directive in March.

Salt Lake and Summit counties have mandated masks in public to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Salt Lake County accounts for more than half the state's total caseload; Summit County was an early epicenter for the disease and has had nearly 500 cases, a high per-capita incidence.

Some health districts in Utah remain relatively unscathed by the virus, even as it surges in the cities. The Southeast Utah health district — Grand and Emery counties — has seen only 35 total confirmed cases of the coronavirus.

The TriCounty district, comprising Uintah, Duchesne and Daggett counties, has seen 48 cases total. According to the TriCounty Health Department website, Daggett itself has yet to record a case.

Those three counties and Emery are among the 10 now at the green "new normal" risk level, as designated by the state's health guidance system.

The Southeast Utah and TriCounty districts, in addition to the Central Utah, Summit and Tooele districts, have no reported coronavirus-related deaths.

Salt Lake County has seen 1,750 new cases in just seven days. Utah County has confirmed 714 new cases in that time, and the Southwest Utah district that includes St. George has seen 372 new cases in a week.

Graham Dudley

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