COVID-19

On today's Local News Hour:

( 3:37) Ben Lasseter reports  on nonprofit in the Heber Valley wanting families to come have a free meal and take one to go next Monday .

( 5:55) PC Municipal's Linda Jager, Alex Roy, and Andy Stevenson on the City's Fall Open House Projects

( 19:15) Park City Museum Education Director Diane Knispel talks about the upcoming Cemetery Tours on Saturday.

On today's Local News Hour:

( 2:15) Ben Lasseter's story on the yearly tradition that falls somewhere between a bike race, fundraiser and party, the 2021 Tour des Suds. 

( 4:30)  Rick Brough has this report on the Snyderville Planning Commission, along with county staff, working to revise their code on landscaping and change how we use and manage water.

( 7:06) Wendy Fisher from Utah Open Lands and Cheryl Fox from Summit Land Conservancy with an update on a $50mil Open Space Bond.

( 23:35) Channing Howard from DWR on Kokanee Salmon spawning.

( 35:00) The Youth Sports Alliance says organizers hope to hold this year’s Jan's Winter Welcome event in person as Ben Lasseter reports.

( 36:47) Wasatch County recorded another COVID-19 death on Friday. Wasatch County Health Department public information officer and epidemiologist Chris Smoot has an update.

( 38:23) Executive Director of Christian Center of Park City Rob Harter has an update on the services the organization offers.


Wasatch County

Wasatch County recorded another COVID-19 death on Friday. The county has now seen 26 deaths from the disease since the start of the pandemic. 

 

A man between the ages of 45 and 64 was identified as Wasatch County’s 26th COVID-19 fatality on Friday. 20 other Utah deaths were also reported, bringing the statewide death toll to 2,724.

 

On today's Local News Hour:

(  2:16) Mountain Trails Report with Matt Wagoner from Basin Recreation.

( 5:27) Rick Brough's update on Coalville mayoral candidate Lynn Wood confirming residence in town according to the Summit County Assessor’s Office.

( 7:49) Summit County Community Development Director Pat Putt has an update on development projects throughout the county.

Decline in Birth Rates During the Pandemic

Sep 9, 2021

On Cool Science Radio, Senior Editor at Scientific American magazine, Tanya Lewis, joins the show. 

Lewis recently wrote an article on how the pandemic has caused a baby bust, not a boom, as previously thought. The pandemic has resulted in declines in birth rates in many high-income countries. 

Lewis will also give a general Covid update from this science writer who has meticulously covered Covid from the onset. 

 

  

On today's Local News Hour:

( 2:14) Leslie Thatcher's report on the annual Shot Ski event canceled due to rising numbers of COVID-19 cases in the area.

( 4:22) Access to quality childcare is in a crisis, according to policy experts. Carolyn Murray has this update.

( 7:48) Summit County Council Member Doug Clyde recaps Wednesday's meeting.

( 19:04) The Kamas Planning Commission hosted a public hearing Tuesday night on whether to allow nightly rentals in town as Rick Brough reports.

( 21:24) Save People Save Wildlife Secretary Erin Ferguson and new PR person Gabby Saunders talk  about their efforts to prevent wildlife /vehicle collisions on I-80, their recent fundraising successes and what's next on their radar.

( 37:49) Youth Sports Alliance Executive Director Emily Fisher has an update on youth sport programming.

( 47:30) The Mountain West region saw more than 80 armed protests over the last year and a half. A new analysis warns these events are more likely to turn violent compared to unarmed demonstrations as Robyn Vincent reports.


Park City Municipal

Members of the Park City Council said they won’t schedule a special meeting to discuss the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

 

At last Thursday’s Park City Council meeting, councilors indicated their intent to hold a special meeting on COVID-19 sometime this week. Councilors wanted to discuss the pandemic and what options the city might have in order to help slow the recent increase in cases, which has been largely driven by the highly-contagious Delta variant.

On today's Local News Hour:

( 2:11) Summit County Manager Tom Fisher discusses the agenda for Wednesday's county council meeting.

( 14:24) The Park City Council held a work session last week discussing new 5G cell phone technology and what the city can do to regulate it as Sean Higgins reports.

( 18:19) Rick Brough reports on Summit County Council's consideration of code changes to govern campgrounds and RV uses in Manor Lands near the Mirror Lake Highway.

( 22:30) Mountain Town Music Ex. Director Brian Richards has details on the launch of the Michael James Richards Memorial Fund at the annual MTM family picnic August 29th.

(33:12) Preview of the Heber City Council meeting agenda for tonight.

( 35:03) Update on repairs and closures to the Park City rail trail happening this week.

( 36:39) Cheryl Fox - Director of Summit Land Conservancy has updates on open space issues.

(47:01) The Park City Council has indicated it plans to hold a special public meeting to discuss the city’s course of action amid the worsening COVID-19 pandemic.


Wasatch School District

The Wasatch County School District clarified its COVID-19 policies on Friday.

 

The Wasatch County School District has been following Utah Department of Health recommendations for K-12 schools since the beginning of the school year. Those recommendations include encouraging mask wearing in class and getting vaccinated. Friday’s clarification detailed other layers to the district's policy, which follows state recommendations that have been in place since before the school year. 

 

Park City Municipal

The Park City Council has indicated it plans to hold a special public meeting to discuss the city’s course of action amid the worsening COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Utah is in the middle of yet another surge in COVID-19 cases. The rising case rates have members of the Park City Council wanting to explore any action available to them in order to help stop the spread.

 

Wasatch County

Wasatch County saw its 25th COVID-19 death since the start of the pandemic today today. 

Friday's Wasatch County death was identified as a woman between the ages of 65 and 84 who was hospitalized at the time of her death. Five other statewide deaths were included in Friday’s report from the Utah Department of Health, bringing the statewide death toll to 2,658.

To date, Summit County has seen 16 COVID-19 fatalities.

KPCW

On Tuesday, Governor Spencer Cox announced a new resource for keeping up to date on COVID-19 cases in schools.

  A new page on the Utah coronavirus website breaks down “school-associated cases” of COVID-19. It shows numbers of confirmed cases among students who came to school, as well as among anyone who was on a campus within 14 days of showing symptoms starting with the fall 2021 semester.

All schools in the Park City, North Summit and South Summit districts have reported fewer than five cases on each of their campuses.

Associated Press

Governor Spencer Cox said state hospitals have reached a “breaking point” with a recent influx of COVID-19 patients. 

 

  

Cox compared the current surge in Utah to the spike last winter. He said hospitals are running out of resources to treat patients because there are fewer healthcare workers than there were during the January and February spike.

“The number of hospitalizations has continued to rise,” the governor said. “Of course, the number of cases has continued to rise, and we find ourselves at the breaking point of our hospitalizations.”

On today's Local News Hour:

( 2:38) Summit County Manager Tom Fisher discusses the agenda for Wednesday's county council meeting.

( 15:50) Summit County Health Director Phil Bondurant has the latest on Summit County going to the HIGH transmission level of COVID-19.

( 36:19) Park City Friends of the Library Member Araby Leary has an update on this year's Used Book Sale and Author Luncheon.

( 44:44) Carolyn Murray reports on the Park City School District's zero tolerance policy for bullying after the viral video of an assault last week at the Treasure Mountain Middle School was released.


Summit County Health Department

The level of COVID-19 transmission in Summit County has been raised to the highest level. 

Late last week, the Summit County Health Department changed the local transmission level from moderate to high.

The change occurred because Summit County’s 14-day case rate surpassed the necessary threshold. The other factor is Utah’s statewide 7-day ICU usage is considered full.

The new transmission level doesn’t bring any immediate changes to rules county residents have to follow.

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