SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – It’s easy to wonder, with the recent easing of restrictions and demonstrators by the hundreds taking to Utah streets…if the trend of more positive cases of Coronavirus in Utah will continue.

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In a tweet, Utah State Representative Suzanne Harrison said “This spike in COVID cases is very concerning & approaching exponential Today’s 18.5% positive test rate is double yesterday’s (9.4%). Please be careful.” This after the Utah Health officials reported 546 additional positive cases of COVID-19 in the state on Saturday, June 6th.

Tom Hudachko of the Utah Department of Health tells ABC4 “we haven’t seen case counts increase like this throughout the course of the outbreak.”

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Hudachko says, people statewide have been doing less of just about everything health officials have urged us all to do. Less social distancing, fewer masks in public and a general relaxing of attitudes toward a very real pandemic.

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“Washing your hands, staying home if you’re sick. This is our new normal, these are things as a society that are going to be with us for a long time. And, just because we’re three or so months past the beginning of this outbreak doesn’t mean that it’s time to start loosening up on those behaviors” said Hudachko.

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Nick McGurk
Nick McGurk is an Emmy Award winning journalist and a Utah native — and he couldn’t be happier to be covering news, and raising a family, in his home state.