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Utah coronavirus breakdowns by city released for first time

State reports no new COVID-19 deaths Monday

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Andy Byrnes, a contracted EMT with the Utah Department of Health, tests Audriana Nakai for COVID-19 outside of the Montezuma Creek Community Health Center in Montezuma Creek, San Juan County, on Friday, May 1, 2020.

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — For the first time, Utah health officials have released case numbers for cities and neighborhoods affected by the new coronavirus. They show that, other than in one tourist town, lower-income communities have been hit hardest by the virus.

Park City has seen the highest rate per capita of any city in Utah, with about 1,174 people per 100,000 testing positive for the disease, according to the Utah Department of Health data. The city has confirmed a total of 354 cases during the course of the pandemic.

The numbers for cities and neighborhoods with enough cases to report are shared in an interactive map at the bottom of the Utah Department of Health’s COVID-19 Surveillance website.

Summit County was an early hot spot, and health officials are investigating whether the infection got a head start spreading during January’s Sundance Film Festival.

Meanwhile on Monday, Utah confirmed 146 new cases of COVID-19 but no new deaths. It marks the first in four days without deaths reported, leaving the state’s toll at 80.

Salt Lake City and West Valley City are among the hardest hit cities. Salt Lake City’s cases tally at least 954, while West Valley’s total 914. The center of West Valley has 317, while the east side has 450 and the west side has 147.

In 2017, 51.4% of residents in the city, Utah’s second-largest, identified as Hispanic or non-white, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The Hispanic and Latino community has been disproportionately affected by COVID-19, as it accounts for about 38% of the state’s cases but just 14.2% of the population.

Salt Lake City’s Rose Park neighborhood also has a high rate of the disease — about 780 people per 100,000. The area has confirmed 287 cases after state legislators and health officials deployed mobile testing units to that area in an effort to identify its disease burden.

Other Salt Lake City cases and rates by neighborhood:

  • Glendale, 229; 918 per 100,000.
  • Sugar House, 168; 488 per 100,000.
  • Downtown, 158; 409 per 100,000.
  • Southeast Liberty, 54; 237 per 100,000.
  • The Avenues, 37; 152 per 100,000.
  • Foothill/East Bench, 21; 98 per 100,000.

In Salt Lake County, Kearns has the highest rate and number of cases outside of West Valley and Salt Lake cities, with 438 per 100,000 contracting the disease and 179 cases. It’s followed by South Salt Lake, Murray and Magna, in that order.

Draper, Cottonwood Heights, Holladay, Sandy and South Jordan are among the cities in Salt Lake County with the lowest rates.

In Utah County, which has the second-highest number of cases, Provo west of city center has been hit the hardest, with 249 cases and a rate of 720 per 100,000 people, followed by Payson, with 124 cases and a 458 per 100,000 rate.

Other Utah County cases by city or neighborhood:

  • Orem (north), 185; 465 per 100,000.
  • Orem (west), 100; 242 per 100,000.
  • Provo (east of City Center), 94; 271 per 100,000.
  • Springville, 85; 242 per 100,000.
  • Lehi, 83; 118 per 100,000.
  • Pleasant Grove/Lindon, 80; 133 per 100,000.
  • Spanish Fork, 79; 183 per 100,000.
  • Brigham Young University and surrounding area, 74; 150 per 100,000.
  • Eagle Mountain/Cedar Valley, 61; 174 per 100,000.
  • Orem (east), 60; 251 per 100,000.
  • Alpine, 14; 129 per 100,000.

The data also shows Washington County has most of the Southwest Utah Health Department’s 236 cases, more than half of which are in St. George.

New cases

In Utah, 3,269 more tests were performed since Sunday. The state now has 7,384 confirmed infections since the pandemic began out of 174,022 people tested, a positive rate of 4.2%, according to the Utah Department of Health.

Current hospitalizations fell slightly to 98 Monday compared to 103 on Sunday. Nine new people needed hospital care.

Just under 57% of cases — 4,183 — are now considered recovered after passing the three-week point since their diagnoses.

The state health department announced Monday it will now hold only weekly briefings on the disease. Previously, the agency held briefings daily and then every other day.

The latest breakdown of Utah cases, hospitalizations and deaths by health district:

  • Salt Lake County, 3,942; 343 hospitalized; 55 deaths.
  • Utah County, 1,520; 88 hospitalized; 11 deaths.
  • Summit County, 401; 36 hospitalized; 0 deaths.
  • Davis County, 370; 32 hospitalized; 2 deaths.
  • Weber-Morgan, 234; 28 hospitalized; 3 deaths.
  • Southwest Utah, 236; 17 hospitalized; 3 deaths.
  • Wasatch County, 203; 10 hospitalized; 1 death.
  • San Juan County, 227; 19 hospitalized; 4 deaths.
  • Tooele County, 94; 6 hospitalized; 0 deaths.
  • Bear River, 90; 13 hospitalized; 1 death.
  • Central Utah, 30; 2 hospitalized; 0 deaths.
  • TriCounty (Uinta Basin), 22; 1 hospitalized; 0 deaths.
  • Southeast Utah, 15; 0 hospitalized; 0 deaths.

Correction: A previous version incorrectly said West Valley City has the highest number of cases in the state. Salt Lake City actually has the highest number, with at least 40 more cases.