Utah meets governor's case limit goal with 500 more COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths reported Friday

  • Source: KSL-TV 5 Salt Lake City
  • Published: 07/31/2020 12:00 AM

Utah has achieved Gov. Gary Herbert's COVID-19 case limit goal with 500 new cases reported Friday. Four more deaths were also reported, according to the Utah Department of Health. The health department estimates that there are now 11,763 active cases of COVID-19 in Utah. The rolling seven-day average number of positive cases per day is now at 457, according to the health department. The positive test rate per day for that time period is now 9.9%. Herbert had set a goal of seeing the seven-day average number drop below 500 cases per day by tomorrow, August 1. Friday's update means Utah has achieved the goal. Had Utah failed to meet the benchmark by Saturday, Herbert had previously indicated he may reconsider stricter measures, such as a statewide mask mandate, to stop the spread of the disease. It's not clear exactly how the state will move forward now that the goal has been met.


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