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. 

The Utah Department of Health Tuesday reported 298 confirmed COVID-19 cases across the state, with 90 in Summit County and 16 in Wasatch County. 

State Epidemiologist Angela Dunn says the state now has capacity to perform up to 2,600 tests per day. They’ve also expanded testing criteria, so now anyone who has symptoms — fever, cough, shortness of breath —can get a test. Only four to five percent of people tested have tested positive, which is lower than other states. In Colorado, 12% of those tested are positive.

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

There are 298 confirmed cases statewide, up 41 from Monday. Summit County has 90 cases, up from 73. Eighty-two are residents and eight are visitors. Wasatch County has 16 confirmed cases, up four from the day before. Fifteen of those are residents and one is a visitor.

Salt Lake County has 127 cases, up 15 from Monday. After Summit County, the county with the highest numbers is Davis County, with 31 cases.

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Former Park City Councilmember Lynn Ware Peek is Park City Municipal’s new community engagement liaison, a position she held before her appointment to the city council in 2018. Peek communicates with businesses, organizations and community members.

 

“Working with residents, working with HOAs, working with anyone who is impacted by or needs information about what the city is doing,” Peek explained.

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The Summit County Health Department issued another public health order Monday, further restricting gatherings and business operations in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. 

More than one week after Summit County’s initial order limiting the operations of restaurants, entertainment venues and other places where large groups of people gather, Summit County Health Director Rich Bullough and County Attorney Margaret Olson approved an order that does the following:

Park City community members can catch up with Mayor Andy Beerman and Councilmember Tim Henney Tuesday morning — from a safe distance.

The city is hosting a virtual “Coffee with Council” event over Facebook Live to take questions from the community about the COVID-19 outbreak and other issues. The city council’s outreach events, such as Coffee with Council and Apres with Council, started in 2016 as a monthly, informal way to engage the community.

Park City leaders say their residents want the city to take bold action to address traffic congestion. That directive comes from the city’s Vision 2020 project, where more than 1,000 community members participated in surveys and focus groups to discuss the city’s future. So, the city council is revisiting a park-and-ride lot planned for the Quinn’s Junction area, near the interchange of U.S. 40 and S.R. 248. The lot would have 400 to 500 spaces intended to catch commuters coming in from Wasatch County and eastern Summit County.

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The Park City Council had a different kind of meeting Thursday. Two councilmembers gathered at City Hall, while the rest joined the meeting by phone, in an effort to practice physical distancing in response to COVID-19. 

Park City Mayor Andy Beerman kicked off the meeting by acknowledging the current situation is unprecedented. Beerman says the community must take this crisis seriously because it could change life in Park City for a few months.

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The Utah Department of Health reported Thursday there are 78 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Utah, with Summit County and Salt Lake County shouldering the brunt of the cases. 

As of Thursday afternoon, Summit County has 26 total cases — 19 of those are residents, and seven are visitors. Only Salt Lake County has more at 31 cases. State Epidemiologist Angela Dunn explained why.

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Summit County’s order to close businesses where large groups of people gather, including restaurants, theaters and gyms, is supposed to contain the spread of COVID-19. 

Escape Room Park City owner Shirin Spangenberg says March is usually her busiest month, with large families, bachelorette parties and locals patronizing the business. But what worries Spangenberg is what lies ahead for the rest of the month and onward.

The Park City Council will meet Thursday, against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The city already streams the audio from its public meetings online, but Park City Manager Matt Dias says they might test a few options, like streaming live on Facebook. Most agenda items are noticed for public comment, and in a time when the public is practicing social distancing and isolation to prevent spread of COVID-19, community members might not want to visit city council meetings in person.

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Utahns awoke to shaking and rumbling just after 7 a.m. Wednesday, when a 5.7 magnitude earthquake hit the state. The largest quake the state has seen since 1992 didn't much impact the Wasatch Back, but the scene on the Wasatch Front was different.

The epicenter is near Magna, about 20 minutes west of Salt Lake City, but the effects were felt as far north as Idaho and Wyoming and down south to Millard County. Wasatch Back residents in Summit and Wasatch Counties reported shaking from the initial quake as well as from subsequent aftershocks.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the Utah Department of Health reports there are 51 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Utah, with 15 in Summit County. 

State Epidemiologist Dr. Angela Dunn says the state still has a limited testing capacity due to a shortage of supplies and personal protective equipment for health care workers. Labs have tested nearly 900 Utahns, and 5.5% of those have tested positive. Dunn says that rate is lower than other states with widespread community transmission.

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Last week, the state and Summit County health departments confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in Summit County – a resident who likely contracted the disease during his travels. But the situation escalated when the state’s first case of community spread was reported Saturday in Summit County. 

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After issuing a public health order Sunday to close many businesses countywide, Summit County officials provided an update and an idea of what to expect during the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. 

The tally of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Summit County reached 13 by noon Monday, according to Summit County Health Director Rich Bullough. Those new cases are still being investigated, but Bullough says it’s becoming less likely that instances of the disease will be related to travel.

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The Park City Transit system will move to its spring schedule a month early, as part of a public health order from the Summit County government in response to COVID-19.

The bus system was scheduled to keep its expanded winter service running until April 12, after the peak season ends, but Park City Manager Matt Dias says the system will fully transition to spring service schedules and routing on Wednesday, March 18.

Some changes to the system from peak winter service include:

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