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Three new COVID-19 deaths in Utah reported Thursday and 129 new confirmed cases

Updated numbers from health department
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Posted at 11:53 AM, May 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-07 16:13:37-04

SALT LAKE CITY — Three new deaths due to COVID-19 in Utah were reported Thursday. 61 people have now died of the disease in the state.

Updated numbers from the Utah Department of Health indicate 129 new confirmed cases, bringing the total to 5,724. That is a growth rate of just 2.3 percent.

134,543 Utahns have now been tested for COVID-19, up 3,541 since Wednesday. The positive rate is holding at 4.2 percent.

There have been 12 new hospitalizations in Utah. 464 people have been hospitalized since the outbreak began.

State Epidemiologist, Dr. Angela Dunn, said that the state's main website will now show the number of current hospitalizations. On Thursday, there were 95 current hospitalizations of COVID-19 positive patients.

That's one of the additions to the data dashboard.

"We now have a map showing case rates by the 99 Utah small areas," Dr. Dunn said. "What's important to know is that those case rates take into account the cases from the beginning of the outbreak so they're not current hot spots , they're the overall cases for the entire outbreak."

Another new feature is a tab explaining risk factors and exposures.