How does Utah rank in COVID-19 containment compared to other states?

The Salt Lake Chamber recently published an article in the Deseret News looking Utah’s COVID-19 numbers. 

Here are some of the key take-aways:

  • As of Dec. 7, Utah had 217,638 total cases reported with 2,231 reported on Dec. 7 alone. In the last 14 days, Utah has seen a 7% decrease in new reported cases, but a 7% increase in hospitalizations and 5% death rate increase.
  • The hardest hit counties last in Utah are currently Wasatch, with 143.7 new cases per 100,000, Washington, with 116.2, Utah with 110.7, Iron with 110.5 and Sanpete with 106.7
  • Highest number of daily new cases is in Carson City, NV with 174.6/100,00.  Salt Lake City’s metropolitan area, with a population of 1.2 million, ranks 104th in the nation with 84.8 new cases per 100,000.
  • Fastest increasing daily cases are in Bloomsburg-Berwick, PA, where in the last week, new cases have jumped by 708 per 100,000. Cedar City comes in at 11th in the nation with an increase of 328 new cases per 100,000. The Salt Lake City metropolitan area ranks 182nd with 124 new cases per 100,000.
  • The highest cumulative rates are in Bismark, ND, with 131/100,000 testing postive at some point. Rexburg, ID is 10th in the nation with 101/100,000 and Salt Lake City comes in at 56th with 74/100,000
  • As of Dec. 2, there are 18 states with death rates spiking above normal, including Utah, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. In Utah, this translates to an estimated 1,600 excess deaths this year, which is an increased death rate of 12%.