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Despite cases nearly doubling, some good news for Utah's COVID status

Posted at 4:40 PM, May 05, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-05 18:40:50-04

SALT LAKE CITY — Despite the number of COVID-19 cases nearly doubling in Utah in just one week, there is good news in the state's wastewater.

The Utah Department of Health reported 3,226 new cases Thursday, up from 1,695 a week earlier. In addition, the department also announced an additional 13 deaths in the state, which increases Utah's total to 4,760 deaths.

Hospitalizations, at 88, remained nearly level from a week ago.

The rolling 7-day average of positive COVID tests jumped to 379 a day, with an 12.8% person-to-person 7-day average positivity rate.

While case numbers and positivity rates have increased, sewage monitoring in Utah is showing improvement. Only one area in the entire state showed signs of increased SARS-COV-2 trends, with the majority of the state either decreasing or present, but no trend.