COVID-19

KPCW's Consolidated coverage of Coronavirus - COVID-19 for Summit County and Wasatch County Utah with rendering of virus from the CDC
Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS

Utah Governor Gary Herbert addressed Utah’s Latinx community today on Tuesday to give an update on the state’s COVID-19 response and the new statewide health guidance levels.

 

According to the most recent data, the Latinx community makes up just over 14% of Utah’s population but currently accounts for 28.5% of total COVID-19 cases. Pacific Islanders have been the hardest hit demographic, making up 1.6% of the population and 3.3% of positive cases.

 

Utah saw another 1,201 new COVID-19 cases Monday. Summit County saw 27 new COVID-19 cases. And Wasatch County saw 23. 

 

There were no new deaths reported in Summit or Wasatch counties. But the state reported another two deaths — bringing the total to 574 since the start of the pandemic. 

The rolling 7-day average for new cases is 1,494. The average percent of positive test results in the last week is 17%.  

There are currently 299 people in the hospital. And 69% of all ICU beds are in use. 

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At Friday morning’s Park City Council special meeting, the council and city staff discussed a new federal CARES Act grant program for local small businesses. The city has recently received $2.2 million dollars of State and Federal CARES Act assistance.

 

The application process for the Park City CARES Grant Program is tight. Applications for grants open on Monday October 26th and close on November 9th, with checks distributed on November 20th.

 

KPCW's Consolidated coverage of Coronavirus - COVID-19 for Summit County and Wasatch County Utah with rendering of virus from the CDC
Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS

Utah recorded another record number of COVID-19 cases Friday, one day after 21 counties in the state were designated as ‘high’ transmission areas. 

 

“Now is not the time to let down your guard,” Governor Gary Herbert said in an email on Friday. A record 1,960 new COVID-19 cases were announced by the Utah Department of Health. 

 

With the number of COVID-19 cases on the rise, Summit County is now in the high transmission level based on the state’s new ranking system -  joining Wasatch County which has been in the high level since last week. This announcement comes after Utah set a new record of 1,543 COVID-19 cases being reported for a single day. 

There are now 21 counties in the high transmission level of Utah’s COVID-19 response plan. That’s up from just six last week. 

KPCW's Consolidated coverage of Coronavirus - COVID-19 for Summit County and Wasatch County Utah with rendering of virus from the CDC
Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS

Summit County remains a 'moderate' transmission area according to the statewide COVID-19 Transmission Index.

 

The Utah Department of Health confirmed to KPCW late last week that Summit County was among a handful of Utah Counties expected to move to ‘high’ transmission areas this week after several days of concerning COVID-19 numbers.

 

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Ski season is just around the corner. Last season was cut off short because of the pandemic, and with numbers on the rise, it begs the question what’s different this time around? 

Summit County Health Director Rich Bullough said this season health professionals know a lot more about the virus than they knew back in March. 

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Under Utah’s new COVID-19 metrics, Wasatch County is now at a HIGH level of transmission. The County Council heard from the public health department during Wednesday’s meeting.

Deer Valley Resort

During a worldwide pandemic, things can change very quickly.  Still, Deer Valley Resort is hoping for a normal schedule for the 2020 - 2021 ski season.   

On today's Local News Hour:

( 05:34 ) Dr. Mike Farrell with the University of Utah Medical Center has details about the upcoming Optimizing Brain Health Series

( 18:14) Park City Mayor Andy Beerman has an update from yesterday's special meeting.

( 35:47  ) Summit County Health Dept. Director Rich Bullough has an update on the COVID-19 situation in Summit County.

There are new rules in Utah to slow the spread of COVID-19.  Under the restrictions announced Tuesday, there can be no gatherings of more than 10 people in both Wasatch and Summit counties for the next two weeks.  And Wasatch residents have to wear masks, just like Summit County residents.

 

Utah will now categorize counties as high, moderate or low risk for COVID-19, which replaces the old color-coded guide, with red being high-risk and green being low-risk.

Summit County’s Health Director says he expects a COVID-19 vaccine will appear toward the end of the year.

But he says it will be several months after that before it’s available to the general public.     The vaccine was a major topic during last week’s Conversation With Council.

Health Director Rich Bullough said that when a vaccine is ready, it will be released in stages, beginning with the segments of the population having the highest risk.

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COVID-19 testing in Park City headed indoors this week as the state continues to struggle so get the current surge in cases under control. We have details on when, where, and why you should get tested.

 

The current Utah COVID-19 spike continued this week with another record-setting day on Thursday with 1,501 new cases reported by the Utah Department of Health. An additional 1,343 cases were reported on Friday.

 

On today's Local News Hour:

( 00:01) Charlie Sturgis has this week's Mountain Trails Report.

( 05:01) Dr. Wing Province with Park City Hospital about changes to COVID testing

( 22 :39) Park City Councilmember Max Doilney has a update on the  Hideout Anexation.

( 35:01) Rotary member Jim Whitney has details on this year's virtual Shot Ski to raise money for Sunrise Rotary.

Wasatch County

The Wasatch County Council heard Wednesday that COVID-19 cases are increasing, and public health is working hard to keep up with contact tracing and identifying infection sources. Statewide case hit a record 1500 on Thursday. 

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