SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – Salt Lake County, by far, reports the most COVID-19 cases per day across Utah — but it’s not leading the state when adjusted for population.
Over the last two weeks, ABC4 looked into the county totals across Utah — and the rankings below are based on the number of cases per 100,000 residents over the last 14 days.
- Summit County (2028 cases, 4771.9 per 100,000 residents
- Wasatch County (932 cases, 2,640.2 per 100,000 residents)
- Salt Lake County (25,841 cases, 2217.1 per 100,000 residents)
- Davis County (6,321 cases, 1759.6 per 100,000 residents)
- Utah County (9,816 cases, 1507.7 per 100,000 residents)
- Cache County (1,917 cases, 1474.6 per 100,000 residents)
- Grand County (140 cases, 1429.2 per 100,000 residents)
- Weber County (3,506 cases, 1334.8 per 100,000 residents)
- Tooele County (958 cases, 1285.7 per 100,000 residents)
- Iron County (703 cases, 1237.4 per 100,000 residents)
But Dr. Angela Dunn, executive director with Salt Lake County Health Dept., says case totals are more important than rates at this stage of the pandemic.
“When we have over 4,000 cases in Salt Lake County, that means we’re going to contribute a lot to our hospitals,” said Dunn.
And this matters, she says, because the sheer number of people testing positive will also be the ones calling out sick from work.
“What we’ve learned in watching states to the East of us, is that they actually start losing their essential workforce. We’re talking about police officers, firefighters, school teachers,” said Dunn.
“Off duty, because they have COVID,” she added.