Jessica Lowell

Reporter

Jessica joins KPCW as a general assignment reporter and Sunday Weekend Edition host. A Florida native, she graduated from the University of Florida with degrees in English — concentrating in film studies — and journalism. Before moving to Utah, she spent time in Atlanta, GA.  

   She has interned with numerous NPR member stations around the country, working as a general assignment reporter, covering Utah’s legislative session and producing for a talk radio show.   

  In her spare time, she likes to watch movies and craft. While she's not great at knitting, she has created many unwearable sweaters.    

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Intensive Care Units in Utah are already at the threshold for capacity. And with the Thanksgiving holiday, healthcare providers are preparing for another surge in cases.

Eddie Stenehjem is an infectious disease expert at Intermountain Healthcare. During a press conference he said Thanksgiving could be a possible super spreader holiday.

“We absolutely worry that Thanksgiving will lead to increase community transmission, which will further our hospitalizations and that increased community transmission will continue through the Christmas holiday,” Stenehjem said.

Utah Department of Health reported 1,781 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday. The 7-day rolling average of new cases in the state is now 3,113 per day.

UDOH reported 26 new deaths — there have been 834 COVID-19 related deaths since the start of the pandemic. One of the deaths was a Summit County woman between the ages of 65-84 years old. She was a resident at a long-term care facility. 

Since the start of the pandemic, Summit County has seen five COVID-19 related deaths and Wasatch County has reported 13.

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Utah Republican Senator Ron Winterton spoke out against COVID-19 restrictions on businesses during a Health and Human Services Interim Committee meeting last week.

“The government's telling us how to live, and in my country, they say that's Hitler country because that's what Hitler did in his regime is how he controlled the people,” Winterton said. “And so we definitely don't want to go down that route.”

In an interview with KPCW he expanded on his original statement.

Utah’s Health Department reported 2,701 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday.

Utah’s Department of Health reported 11 new deaths — there have been 808 COVID-19 related deaths since the start of the pandemic. One of the deaths was a Wasatch County man between the ages of 45-64 years old. He was hospitalized when he died. 

Since the start of the pandemic, Summit County has seen four COVID-19 related deaths and Wasatch County has reported 13.

The 7-day rolling average of new cases is now 3,284 per day. This time last week the state’s 7-day average was 3,057.

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Utah is going back to the COVID-19 transmission index after health orders from Governor Gary Herbert expired Monday.

Social gatherings will no longer be restricted to same-households only starting Tuesday. But Governor Gary Herbert did extend the mask mandate throughout the entire state.

Even though the governor lifted certain restrictions, he said health officials are still hoping to see the effect of the now expired health orders.

Utah’s Health Department reported 2,244 new COVID-19 cases Monday. The 7-day rolling average of new cases is now per day 3,349. This time last week the state’s 7-day average was 2,949.

Summit County saw 33 new cases, and last Monday - for comparison - Summit reported 19 new infections.

And in Wasatch County, the health department reported 35 new cases, last Monday the county saw 24.

Last week Summit and Wasatch Counties Clerks certified their results for the 2020 election and both counties reached record voter turnout.

Between the COVID-19 pandemic and a highly contested presidential race, this year’s election was anything but ordinary.

Despite all the obstacles the pandemic presented, Summit County Clerk Kent Jones said the county had record voter turnout.

“I've never seen it this high before,” Jones said. “It's been a unique election right from beginning to end.”

Utah’s Department of Health Reported 3,197 new COVID-19 cases Sunday.

The 7-day rolling average of new cases is now 3,310 per day. This time last week the state’s 7-day average was 2,985.

Summit County saw 20 new cases, and last Sunday - for comparison - Summit reported 31 new infections.

And in Wasatch County, the health department reported 46 new cases, last Sunday the county saw 32.

With Thanksgiving coming up fast, and COVID-19 numbers still on the rise Governor Gary Hebert gave new recommendations for the holidays.

Under health orders from Governor Gary Herbert masks are required throughout Utah and all social gatherings are restricted to same-households only until Monday.

Summit County saw another COVID-19 related death Thursday - this is the third Summit County resident to die from COVID-19 in the past week. Wasatch County also reported another COVID-19 related death. 

Utah’s Department of Health reported 18 new deaths Thursday - bringing the total number to 756 since the start of the pandemic. One of the reported deaths was a Summit County woman who was over 85 years old. She was a long-term care facility resident. Another was a Wasatch County woman who was also over 85 years old and was hospitalized at the time of her death.

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Hospitals in Utah are nearing 88% ICU capacity. Health officials consider 85% capacity to be full after factoring in things like availability of staff and PPE. 

Intermountain Healthcare has already started to postpone some surgeries in hospitals down in the valley. But they haven’t had to cancel any surgeries in their Park City or Heber Valley Hospital locations.

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Park City’s DMV office closed Tuesday, and the Coalville and Kamas locations have been closed since the start of the pandemic — leaving Summit County residents without an open DMV.

The quarantine comes after one of four employees tested positive for COVID-19.

Summit County Treasurer Corrie Forsling, whose department handles DMV operations, said the office will not be able to operate remotely while the staff is quarantining.

Summit County reported another COVID-19 related death Wednesday. This is the second death in the county in just one week.

Utah’s Department of Health reported nine new deaths, bringing the total number to 740 since the start of the pandemic. One of the reported deaths is a Summit County woman who was between the ages of 65-84. She was not hospitalized at the time of her death.

Summit County has seen three COVID-19 related deaths since the start of the pandemic, and Wasatch County has reported 10.

Wasatch County doesn’t have a local ordinance for masks, but the county’s health department is following the governor’s new health orders, which includes that all residents must wear a mask until further notice. 

Because of the new mandate and Wasatch High School moving to online learning, a group of protesters assembled in front of the Wasatch County Administration building on Monday. 

Utah’s Health Department reported 3,178 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday. The 7-day rolling average of new cases is now more than 3,000 per day.

 

 

The 7-day rolling average of new cases is now 3,057 per day. This time last week the state’s 7-day average was 2,554. 

The Wasatch County Health Department reported 59 new cases, breaking the record they set last Thursday of 57 new daily infections. Last Tuesday for comparison the county saw 21. 

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