Emily Means

Reporter

Emily Means hadn’t intended to be a journalist, but after two years of studying chemistry at the University of Utah, she found her fit in the school’s communication program. Diving headfirst into student media opportunities, Means worked as a host, producer and programming director for K-UTE Radio as well as a news writer and copy editor at The Daily Utah Chronicle. 

  Means has worked at many of Salt Lake City’s media organizations, starting her radio career as a board operator at KSL NewsRadio. She then balanced several news positions, working as producer of The Salt Lake Tribune’s web show, Trib Talk; associate producer for KRCL 90.9’s current affairs program, RadioActive; and a legislative intern for KCPW 88.3. 

  After accepting a full-time position at KCPW, Means created In The Hive, an award-winning, weekly current affairs program. She hosted and produced the program as a one-woman show for more than a year. At the same time, Means produced three other programs at KCPW: the political debate program Both Sides of the Aisle; the weekly news wrap-up Behind the Headlines; and Jazz Time with Steve Williams. 

  As KPCW’s Park City beat reporter, Means reports on the issues and affairs that drive Park City as well as providing coverage of the state legislature. She lives in Salt Lake City, listens to lots of podcasts and loves to try local restaurants, coffee shops and breweries. 

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert announced Wednesday afternoon a moratorium on evictions for the next month, to help residential tenants who can’t pay rent due to the impacts of COVID-19. 

It’s the first of the month. For nearly one in three Utah households, rent is due.

The Utah Department of Workforce Services reported nearly 20,000 new claims for unemployment benefits from March 15 to March 21. The industry that saw the highest number of claims was food preparation and serving, with 37% of the claims.

The Utah Department of Health reported more than 1,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases Wednesday and seven related deaths. 

State epidemiologist Angela Dunn says Utah’s growth in COVID-19 cases does not appear to be exponential and over the past couple days has even flattened a bit. But looking at the past two weeks, Dunn says that doesn’t mean Utah is in the clear.

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The Utah Department of Health released new numbers Wednesday afternoon about COVID-19 in the state.

There are 1,012 confirmed cases statewide, up 125 from Tuesday. Summit County has 204 cases, up from 181. Nine are visitors and 195 are residents. Wasatch County has 57 confirmed cases, up six from the day before. Fifty-six of those are residents and one is a visitor.

After receiving applications from around 80 people from all over the country, Park City Municipal has hired two new, locally sourced deputy city managers.

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State leaders are treating Utah’s COVID-19 outbreak as an emergency. 

The state has convened a unified command to address the COVID-19 outbreak. Each day, representatives from the Utah Department of Health, Emergency Management, the Utah National Guard and other state agencies, as well as a representative from FEMA, coordinate their response efforts at the Emergency Operations Center in the state capitol. Their objective is to address impacts to health and the economy as well as communicate plans to the public.

Utah reached 806 confirmed COVID-19 cases Monday, after testing more than 16,000 people. The state health department has identified four deaths related to the virus. 

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Utah Gov. Gary Herbert addressed Utahns on Monday, after announcing his “Stay Safe, Stay Home” directive Friday afternoon. The update included two additional state programs to help residents and business owners weather the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Utah Department of Health released new numbers Monday afternoon about COVID-19 in the state.

There are 806 confirmed cases statewide, up 87 from Sunday. Summit County has 176 cases, up from 159. Nine are visitors and 167 are residents. Wasatch County has 45 confirmed cases, up five from the day before. 44 of those are residents and one is a visitor.

A picture of Park City Main Street, with empty streets, sidewalks and buildings
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Transient room tax, or TRT, revenue comes from lodging sales taxes, and state law heavily restricts its uses. Summit County Manager Tom Fisher estimates the county has $11 million in TRT funding this year. The Park City Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau receives 70% of that total to use for marketing Summit County, while the county government receives 30% for items like the county fair, the history department and other tourism-related projects proposed by the community. 

 

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State political and economic leaders this week announced a plan to set the economy on a path for recovery as residents, business owners and employees weather the impacts of COVID-19. 

The plan is called Utah Leads Together. It’s an economic plan that also had input from health officials. Utah Gov. Gary Herbetrt says this is a uniquely challenging time.

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Anna Lehnardt, a spokesperson from Gov. Gary Herbert’s office, says the governor was notified Wednesday afternoon of Summit County’s decision to issue a stay-at-home order in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. 

“Given the infection rate in that area of the state, we understand and support their decision to issue this order at this time,” Lenhardt said.

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The Utah Department of Health released new numbers Thursday afternoon about COVID-19 in the state.

There are 402 confirmed cases statewide, up 56 from Wednesday. Summit County has 103 cases, up from 97. Ninety-five are residents and eight are visitors. Wasatch County has 21 confirmed cases, up five from the day before. Twenty of those are residents and one is a visitor.

Salt Lake County has 181, up 27 from Wednesday. After Summit County, the county with the highest numbers is Davis County, with 39 cases. 

There are 346 confirmed cases statewide, up 48 from Tuesday. Summit County sits at 97 cases, while Wasatch County remains at 16 confirmed cases. 

With a continued, daily increase in COVID-19 cases, Utah Department of Health epidemiologist Dr. Angela Dunn notes that most cases have occurred in patients 25 years and older. The count is low for children under 18, and for kids who have had it, Dunn says the illness is mild and there aren’t severe cases leading to hospitalization.

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Summit County on Wednesday afternoon announced its most restrictive measure yet in slowing the spread of COVID-19. 

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The Utah Department of Health released new numbers Wednesday afternoon about COVID-19 in the state.

There are 346 confirmed cases statewide, up 48 from Tuesday. Summit County has 97 cases, up from 90. Eighty-nine are residents and eight are visitors. Wasatch County has 16 confirmed cases, the same from the day before. Fifteen of those are residents and one is a visitor.

Salt Lake County has 154 cases, up 27 from Tuesday. After Summit County, the county with the highest numbers is Davis County, with 35 cases. 

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