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COVID by county: Utah County still the hot spot even as Salt Lake, Davis and 6 others see worst case rates yet

Posted at 6:33 PM, Oct 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-06 22:25:24-04

SALT LAKE CITY — We didn't design this chart to hold the names of 19 of Utah's 29 counties. But this week, it does. If your county is here, it means you had more new coronavirus cases this week than last.

Utah County still had the highest new case rate in the state. Here's every county with at least one new case from last Tuesday through yesterday (Sept. 29-Oct. 5). Some notable standouts among the small counties include Grand and Juab, which had their largest numbers. Morgan tied theirs. Emery County went from 27 to 52 total cases in two weeks.

Among Utah's mid-sized counties — the 10 counties with more than 20,000 people, but fewer than 100,000 — Wasatch County saw more new cases than ever before. So did Sevier and Carbon. And Summit's getting close to the days in March when they were Utah's epicenter.

And finally: Utah's Big Six counties, each with populations over 100,000.

Utah County is still the hottest spot, yet they did better than last week when they saw 455 new cases per 100,000 residents.

Once again, Salt Lake and Davis Counties look less alarming by comparison, though each saw their highest numbers since the pandemic began.

Cache County had its worst week since June, when a giant outbreak at a meat packing plant infected more than 500 people.