COVID-19

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.

 

North Summit School District

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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Park City High School

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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Summit County Council Members on Wednesday decided they don’t want to extend a limited mask order, after the state’s mask mandate expires on April 10.

 

Despite that, a line-up of speakers in public input were still upset with county officials.   They bashed mask mandates, and the promotion of vaccines and said Covid restrictions have taken a toll on citizens over the past year.  

 

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As Summit County weathered the past pandemic year, it resorted to a number of programs to help businesses slammed by the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, such as the Economic Development Advisory Board.

 

Summit County Economic Development Director Jeff Jones said the Economic Advisory Board was formed last summer. It was enabled by the recently passed Utah Senate Bill 95, creating a Rural County Grant Program to help businesses.

 

The past two days Utah saw an increase in daily COVID-19 cases week over week, but Tuesday the state reported a slight decrease.

The Utah Department of Health announced 371 new COVID-19 cases, which is about 10 fewer cases than the state saw at the same time last week. The 7-day rolling average for new cases is 424 per day.

In the Wasatch Back, Summit County reported 14 new cases. In comparison last Tuesday the county saw 20.

Utah has seen an increase in COVID-19 cases week over week for the past two days.

The Utah Department of Health announced 194 new cases, which is about 30 more cases than the state saw at the same time last week. 

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

Summit County reported seven new cases. In comparison, last Monday, Summit saw five. 

Wasatch County reported five new cases - up considerably from last Monday when the county saw one.  

As COVID-19 numbers in Utah continue on a downward trend, the state saw a slight increase in cases week over week on Sunday.  

The Utah Department of Health announced 389 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, which is about 15 more 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 seven new cases Sunday. Last week, Summit saw 12. 

Wasatch County reported five new cases, significantly up from last Sunday when the county saw one. 

The Utah Department of Health reported 10 additional COVID-19 deaths on Saturday. 

 

According to the health department, six of the deaths reported on Saturday occurred before March 1st. All victims were over the age of 45 and none were from either Summit or Wasatch Counties.

 

The statewide death toll from the disease is now 2,101. To date, 11 people have died of COVID-19 in Summit County, 21 in Wasatch County.

 

The Utah Department of Health reported three more statewide deaths on Friday, while other state and local numbers continued to trend in the right direction.

 

The three deaths reported on Friday were all individuals between the ages of 45 and 64. None were from either Summit or Wasatch County. Friday’s deaths brings the total number of Utahns who have died from COVID-19 to 2,091. To date, 11 people have died in Summit County, 21 in Wasatch County.

 

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Utah Governor Spencer Cox received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday. The Governor also said he expects health restrictions to be largely lifted by July 1st.

 

Governor Cox and First Lady, Abby Cox, both received their first dose of the Moderna vaccine at a mass vaccination center in Spanish Fork on Thursday morning.

 

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