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Hopeful COVID-19 numbers in Utah in the week of a grim milestone

Posted at 5:35 PM, Feb 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-23 19:40:08-05

SALT LAKE CITY — This week, our look at Utah's COVID-19 trends begins with the grim milestone of half-a-million American deaths and ends with new data giving us real hope as vaccines roll out to the state's most vulnerable.

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FOX 13 still compiled the numbers of new cases-per-county for the seven days ending on February 22. Overall, it was a good week with case numbers continuing to decline; but some counties bucked that trend.

This map below shows an interesting geographic phenomenon as the blue stripe through the center of the state shows all counties that saw cases spike more than 150 percent in the seven days ending on February 22.

Utah county increase COVID

This second chart below shows all counties other than Daggett (which has had 0 cases for several weeks in a row) and the percentage increase or decrease in cases over the seven days ending on February 22. You'll notice Utah's largest counties saw lower numbers.

Percentage change in Utah Case numbers