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Utah reported another coronavirus-related death Monday, boosting the state’s total to 423, according to the state Department of Health.
The total number of cases statewide has now exceeded 55,000. New cases fell slightly to 373 on Monday (from 388 on Sunday), the second day in a row that the number came in below the 400-per-day goal set by Gov. Gary Herbert. However, the rolling seven-day average is 414.
Almost half the new cases — 177 — were reported in Utah County, which continues to see an upswing in infections.
The latest COVID-19-related death was a Salt Lake County man between age 65 and 84. He was hospitalized at the time of his death.
UDOH reported 3,008 coronavirus tests on Sunday — the lowest number of tests in the past nine days — and 9.4% of the tests were positive. According to state epidemiologist Dr. Angela Dunn, that number would have to fall to 3% to indicate the virus is under control.
No new school outbreaks were reported, but one case was added, bringing the total number to 172
Hospitals did not update the number of hospitalized patients Monday. That number stood at 120 on Sunday.
Of 55,033 Utahns who have tested positive for COVID-19, 46,468 are considered “recovered,” meaning they have survived for at least three weeks after being diagnosed.