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Counties in Utah and their individual challenges with COVID-19

Posted at 8:12 PM, Aug 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-13 12:24:48-04

[Note: The previous version of this story contained the wrong data for Beaver County, showing it as having the highest case rate in Utah. The case rate for Beaver County did increase week-over-week, but was in the middle relative to other counties.]

My idea this week, find one number to compare every county on the same playing field.

So I took the case rates for the last week with unexpected results.

The highest case rates were in San Juan County, though San Juan has dramatically reduced a recent spike.

Millard County continues to see relatively high case rates.

The new County showing an increase was Carbon. It’s only been recently they’ve had any significant number of cases. They have 55 cases total, but 30 of them tested positive in the last two weeks.

While those are a couple of concerning numbers, Utah as a whole has made significant, widespread progress.

Twenty-four of Utah’s 29 counties saw fewer new cases last week (Aug. 4-10) than the week before (July 28-Aug. 3).

In Utah’s six biggest counties, Utah County has the highest case rates with Cache and Davis Counties performing best in the last week.

In the next 10 counties, all with more than 20,000 residents, Uintah County performed best and Wasatch worst.

Among the smaller counties, San Juan and Millard had the worst numbers, though San Juan has improved its rates significantly after suffering difficult outbreaks on the Navajo Nation.

Tiny Piute County had a high case rate, but they have fewer than 2,000 residents, so statistics spiked with just two new cases last week. They’ve had six total.