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The Utah Health Department releases Monday's updated coronavirus numbers in Utah

One new death, 144 new confirmed cases
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Posted at 12:53 PM, Apr 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-20 17:18:23-04

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah State Health Department released updated numbers Monday regarding the coronavirus in Utah.

There are now 3,213 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Utah. That is up 144 cases from the 3,069 cases reported Sunday.

28 Utahns have now died of COVID-19 related causes, an increase of one since yesterday.

Hospitalizations now stand at 268, up nine from the last release.

68,311 people in the state have been tested for coronavirus. That's up 4,756 from Sunday's count.

In the Utah Department of Health's daily news conference, State Epidemiologist Dr. Angela Dunn gave an update and answered questions on the coronavirus situation in Utah.

Dunn said Utah is seeing a 5 percent growth rate in coronavirus cases.

"We are starting to see a bit of a flattening of the curve," she said, adding that she would like to wait to see if there is a decrease in the next week.

On opening the economy, Dunn said they will look for a drop in case rate, and they also have to be careful not to exceed hospital capacity. When things do change, she said they will happen slowly and will be data-driven.

She also said the health department is preparing for a potential "second wave" in the fall of 2020.

"That doesn't mean it's definitely going to be happening, but we want to be prepared," she said.

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