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Utah to ‘pause’ on lifting virus restrictions as cases rise

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has instituted a "pause” on lifting any additional virus-related restrictions as the state’s rate of positive COVID-19 tests continues to skyrocket.

The state epidemiologist said Thursday that the recent spike began over Memorial Day weekend and was likely caused by more people gathering while disregarding social distancing guidelines. She and Herbert urged Utah residents to take precautions like wearing masks seriously.

At least one prominent doctor has suggested the state may need to take a step back after a month of reopenings. This week, city officials in Logan closed the library and the recreation center again for the foreseeable future.

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  1. “Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has instituted a “pause” on lifting any additional virus-related restrictions as the state’s rate of positive COVID-19 tests continues to skyrocket.”
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    Good move from a Republican Governor who clearly thinks for himself.

    1. I wonder, however, if they had also increased testing, like we did here in Colorado about the same time. That, too, could contribute to a “spike” in new cases. Did their deaths and number of hospitalizations go up too? Or just the number of identified cases?

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