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Over 5,600 new COVID cases, 12 deaths reported in Utah



Salt Lake City, Utah — As the state reported 5,611 new cases and 12 deaths on Thursday, a spike in COVID cases continued in Utah over the past week.

The rise in cases, along with 139 new hospitalizations, follows a trend over the past 2-3 weeks. Of those hospitalized with COVID, 20 of those patients are in the ICU.

The rolling 7-day average of positive COVID tests is now at 805 a day, with a 22.3% person-to-person 7-day average positivity rate, according to the Utah Department of Health.

The department added that 26.5% of wastewater states across Utah showed elevated or increasing COVID levels.

With many gathering over the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend, cases are expected to rise as they have since mid-April.

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