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COVID-19 rates in the West show ski towns hit hard

Posted at 5:42 PM, Mar 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-24 19:42:02-04

SALT LAKE CITY — Looking at county-by-county data across the American West, one fact jumps out: counties with high-end ski resorts have been hit hard by COVID-19.

At the top of the list, Summit County in Utah has a rate of 196 cases per 100,000 residents. That’s more than 12 times the national average of 16 per 100,000, and more than 21 times more than Utah’s overall rate of 9.3 per 100,000.

Summit County is home to Utah’s most exclusive ski resort, Deer Valley, and to its largest, Park City Mountain Resort.

In Colorado, Eagle County is home to Vail Resort and has 167 cases per 100,000. Gunnison County, home to Crested Butte, has 162 per 100,000. Pitkin County, home to Aspen, has 100 cases per 100,000. Colorado’s overall rate of confirmed cases is 12.5 per 100,000.

In Idaho, Blaine County, home to Sun Valley Resort, has 93 cases per 100,000. Idaho’s overall rate – 2.8 per 100,000.