With 867 new COVID-19 cases, Utah sets another record Friday

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With 867 new coronavirus cases reported on Friday, Utah reached another record increase two days after Thursday's spike of 722.

And with the state's 7-day average of new cases leaping from 585 to 622 on Friday, the state is straying even further from Gov. Gary Herbert's "challenge" of dropping to an average 500 new cases per day by Aug. 1.

"We all have the responsibility to do our individual part to help turn the tide of our ongoing spike in cases. Our hospitals need our cooperation and our high-risk populations need our cooperation," state epidemiologist Angela Dunn wrote in a prepared statement.

"I know we can turn this trend around, and we can do it by practicing physical…
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