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State health department releases Monday's updated coronavirus numbers in Utah

No new deaths, 110 new cases
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Posted at 12:28 PM, Apr 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-27 16:19:07-04

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

No new deaths were reported, so the death toll stands at 41.

There were 110 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 4,233.

That is a 3.7 percent growth rate from the numbers released over the weekend.

Four more people were hospitalized, which brings the total number of hospitalizations in Utah to 349 since the outbreak began.

4,493 more people were tested for COVID-19. 100,195 Utahns have now been tested and the positive rate of those tests has decreased to 4.2 percent.

"These are very encouraging numbers," said State Epidemiologist, Dr. Angela Dunn. "And in order to keep driving our transmission rate lower, especially as we reopen parts of our economy, we're working on our contact tracing as well."

Up until now, when someone is confirmed to have a case of COVID-19, people they came in contact with up to two days earlier were tested. That has now been extended to contacts going back seven days.

That will provide a bigger pool of people to be tested, and more contacts to trace, Dr. Dunn explained. It will give the health department new data as well as helping to isolate any positive cases.

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State Epidemilogist, Dr. Angela Dunn, will add perspective to these numbers in the daily news briefing at 1:30 p.m.

That briefing will be live streamed on the Fox 13 Facebook page.