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Utah sees positive COVID-19 trends, but not in Utah County

Posted at 5:29 PM, Apr 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-13 19:29:01-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah's trend lines continue to move in the right direction when it comes to confirmed new cases of COVID-19, though Utah County and Salt Lake County to a lesser degree have reason for concern.

Statewide, the march of the virus has been decelerating. Five weeks ago the numbers grew thirteen-fold over a week. In the last week the growth was less than two-fold.

County to county, I've been looking at two week trend lines now that we're more than six weeks from Utah's first reported case.

In the last two weeks, Utah County has rocketed past Summit and Davis Counties to have the second most confirmed cases in the state.

As the state's second most populous county, that comes as no surprise. But the pace of growth may be cause for concern. Over two weeks, Utah County's COVID-19 case numbers ballooned more than five times -- from 58 on March 30 to 322 on April 13.

Salt Lake County still has far more cases than any other with 1,157. That number grew about 3 times in two weeks, but despite its large population, Salt Lake still has more cases per capita than any other county on the Wasatch Front.

That said, because of much smaller populations, Summit and Wasatch Counties still have far more cases per capita than elsewhere in Utah.