COVID-19

The Utah Department of Health announced 10 more COVID-19 deaths Thursday.

 

Thursday’s report of 10 COVID-19 deaths was the highest single day count since March 28th, when 13 statewide deaths were reported by the health department.

 

The four men and six women were all over the age of 65. None were from either Summit or Wasatch Counties. The Health Department specified that four of Thursday’s deaths occurred before March 18th.

 

Utah reached a milestone with COVID-19 vaccines Wednesday, but the state also saw a significant increase in cases week over week.

More than 1 million Utahns have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine - amounting to about 44% of all of the eligible population. This milestone was driven by the 34,814 people vaccinated for COVID-19 since Tuesday. 

Summit County has administered 32,742 total vaccines and Wasatch has given out 16,801 doses. Both counties are registering to vaccinate residents 16 years or older. 

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Park City Hospital owner Intermountain Healthcare announced on Monday, April 5, that the hospital system will allow visitors for all patients at its facilities as COVID-19 case rates decline in Utah.

 

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began a year ago, hospitals disallowed all patient visitors regardless of the severity of illness. Many of the more than half a million Americans who died from COVID-19 did so alone due to hospital visitor restrictions.

 

Utah saw a significant decrease in COVID-19 cases week over week Tuesday.

The Utah Department of Health announced 300 COVID-19 cases, which is about 70 fewer cases than the state saw at the same time last week. The 7-day rolling average for new cases is 387 per day, down 37 from last week. 

In the Wasatch Back, Summit County reported five new cases. In comparison last Tuesday the county saw 14.

Wasatch County reported four new cases - which is one more case than the county saw last Tuesday.  

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Summit County Council Member Chris Robinson agrees with his colleagues about not implementing a limited mask order, after the state mandate expires on Saturday, April 10.

 

But despite some heated comments directed at the council last Wednesday, Robinson still says the county needs to encourage masking up, including with private businesses, and continue vaccinations so even private mask requirements can be lifted in the future.

 

The 7-day rolling average of new COVID-19 cases is under 400 for the first time since August. Summit and Wasatch Counties also saw a significant decrease in cases week over week.

 

The Utah Department of Health announced 173 new COVID-19 cases, which is about 20 fewer cases than the state saw at the same time last week. The 7-day rolling average for new cases is 397 per day. 

In the Wasatch Back, both Summit and Wasatch Counties saw decreases in cases week over week. 

Utah’s 6-day rolling average of daily COVID-19 cases now at 400 per day -the lowest it’s been since September.   

The Utah Department of Health announced 344 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, which is 45 fewer cases than the state saw at the same time last week.

In the Wasatch Back, Summit County’s case count was down week over week, the county reported five new cases Sunday. Last week, Summit saw seven. 

Wasatch County reported five new cases, which is the same number of cases the county saw last Sunday. 

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COVID-19 vaccine eligibility opened up to all Utahns 16 years-or-older last week. KPCW checked in with the Wasatch County Health Department to get the latest on the county’s vaccine rollout.

Almost 10,300 residents in Wasatch County have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. 

Of the 15,680 vaccines delivered to the county, they have administered 16,187 doses, as of Saturday. Jonelle Fitzgerald with the county health department said that’s because the vaccine rollout has been going "very smoothly." 

The Utah Department of Health reported only one COVID-19 death in Utah on Saturday, while both Summit and Wasatch Counties saw single-digit case counts.

 

Saturday’s lone death was identified as a Utah County man between the ages of 65 and 84. To date, 2,132 Utahns have died of COVID-19, 11 in Summit County, 21 in Wasatch County.

 

447 new cases were reported across the state on Saturday, bringing the statewide rolling seven-day average for positive tests to 406.

 

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Utah's mask mandate lifts on April 10, but schools across the state will remain masked through the end of the school year.

 

The passage of House Bill 294 in the state legislature amended the governor’s pandemic emergency powers such as mask mandates and other orders related to COVID-19. It is contingent on reaching certain thresholds including positivity rates, vaccination distribution, intensive care unit bed capacities, and other criteria.  

 

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The upcoming distribution of federal money coming through the American Relief Act of 2021 will address the academic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on students, but the Park City School District isn't waiting around for those funds to take stock of student growth.

 

Utah schools have had a two-year hiatus in achievement testing. Pandemic-caused shutdowns last year eliminated the end-of-year achievement testing across the state. The state board of education also invalidated all 2019 assessment test results due to system problems.   

COVID-19 trends continued on Friday with cases in Summit County, Wasatch County, and across the state remaining relatively steady.

 

Summit County’s 15 cases on Friday and Wasatch County’s six saw both counties continue a plateau in new COVID-19 infections experienced since the beginning of March. 

 

Summit County has not recorded a day over 20 cases since February 24th and Wasatch County’s last day over 10 cases was March 2nd.

 

The Utah Department of Health reported the most COVID-19 vaccinations administered in one day Thursday.

There were 46,011 people vaccinated for COVID-19 since Wednesday, bringing the total number to 1,410,214 doses administered. 

During his weekly COVID-19 briefing, Utah Gov. Spencer Cox said while there still aren’t enough vaccines for everyone, the state will see an increase in doses delivered next week. 

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With Utah’s mask mandate ending on April 10, the Summit County Council on Wednesday considered whether to extend a local, limited mask order beyond that date.

 

Following a recommendation from County Health Director Rich Bullough, the council decided against an extension. But, the councilors did talk about supporting local businesses that voluntarily continue requiring masks.

 

Bullough told councilors that COVID-19 case numbers have been decreasing in Summit County and across the country.

 

Earlier this week the CDC extended the eviction moratorium from May 31 to June 30 due to the ongoing pandemic.

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