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Utah Department of Health

Depression, anxiety, and psychosis in mothers who have recently given birth can be debilitating and sometimes fatal, and that’s why Utah Gov. Spencer Cox has signed a resolution declaring February as Maternal Mental Health Month.

 

YWCA Public Policy Analyst Gabriel Archuletta co-hosted the press conference announcing the move along with Voices for Utah Children. They collaborated with the Maternal Mental Health Policy Committee. 

 

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After 30 years in the field, Dave Hanscom organized his final race on behalf of the Wasatch Citizen Series on Saturday – and he’s leaving big ski boots to fill after his retirement.

 

In 1992, Dave Hanscom, a Park City resident and longtime Nordic skier stepped up and agreed to take on the role of race director for the popular winter Nordic ski races held locally. 

 

Wasatch County reported another COVID-19 death Monday. This death comes as Utah reported its lowest daily COVID-19 case count since Sept. 8.

The Wasatch County woman who died of COVID-19 was between 45-64 years-old, and was a long term care facility resident. She was the only reported COVID-19 death in Utah Monday. 

To date, 1,853 Utahns have died due to COVID-19, including eight from Summit County and 20 from Wasatch County.

  A new bill could limit executive power during public health emergencies. 

Original state code for emergency powers dates back to the 1950s, long before Utah had any inclination that it would face a long term pandemic. 

Lawmakers raised concerns over the duration of the Emergency Management Act. The act allows the governor and state and local health departments to create public health orders and extend them after they expire. 

Deputy Director of Utah State Parks Scott Strong discusses the 33% increase in visitors to state parks last year during the pandemic and what that means for revenue. He also shares updates on new state park projects.

  

Today on the Local News Hour:

(01:49) - Utah Avalanche Forecast Center Report

(09:03) - Utah Division of Parks and Recreation saw a record number of visitors in the past calendar year. Deputy Director of  Utah State Parks Scott Strong talks about the increase in visitation.

(23:51) - US Ski and Snowboard Association update with Communications Manager Lara Carlton.

(34:31) - President of the South Summit Trails Foundation Tom Noaker has details about the S.R. 32 paved trail petition.

Leslie Thatcher

The Summit County Council on Feb. 17 received a review of the Snyderville trail system.   Council Member Chris Robinson said he’s gratified that the Basin Recreation District has done a good job, overseeing a region straining with a lot of visitors from inside Summit County and outside.   

The County Council was concerned last year, in particular about visitors parking around hot-spot areas like Rob’s Trail in Sun Peak, and in Summit Park.   

Robinson told KPCW that he is glad to see the District actually doing something.     

Summit County

Summit County, which is one of nearly two dozen locales in the Community Renewable Energy program, could be deciding soon if they want to take a leadership role in the effort—and if so, how much expense is involved.   

Summit County is one of 23 cities and counties in Utah that signed on to a program to have Rocky Mountain Power supply their electricity from renewable sources.

County Council Member Chris Robinson noted that he attended a meeting on the program Wednesday with Council Member Glenn Wright and County Manager Tom Fisher.       

Utah has seen less than 1,000 new daily COVID-19 cases for eight of the last nine days. The statewide 7-day rolling average for new COVID-19 cases now sits at 777 per day.

The Utah Department of Health announced 701 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, which is about the same amount of cases as last week.

Summit County reported five new cases, In comparison, last Sunday, Summit saw 14. 

Wasatch County reported eight new cases. Last Sunday, the county saw five.  

The Utah Department of Health reported eight more COVID-19 deaths on Saturday, but saw state and county infection numbers the lowest since late summer and early fall of last year.

 

Saturday’s eight deaths brings the statewide death toll from the disease to 1,842. None of Saturday’s deaths were from either Summit or Wasatch Counties.

 

The Health Department reported 778 new cases of the disease, further dropping the seven day average of positive tests to 779.

 

Park City Mountain

With virtually the entire state of Utah classified as experiencing severe drought, snowpack averages will actually look to be rebounding next year. KPCW’s Sean Higgins has more on why those numbers could actually be deceiving.

 

Utah State Legislature

State Sen. Ron Winterton, who represents Park City and Wasatch County in the Utah state Senate, provided KPCW with an update on the status of the legislation he’s sponsored in the ongoing 2021 General Session, which runs through March 5.

The Utah Department of Health reported 21 new COVID-19 deaths on Friday, while statewide averages for case counts and positive tests continued to decline. 

 

The Health Department specified in Friday’s COVID-19 report that 19 of the 21 deaths actually occurred before February 1st. 

 

The Health Department has clarified in the past that the reporting of official COVID-19 deaths is a lengthy process and each day’s counts do not reflect the number of people who have died in the last 24 hours.

 

Utah State Legislature

Summit and Wasatch County Senator Ron Winterton joins the Local News Hour to bring us the latest on this legislative session.

  

Executive Director of Connect Summit County Deanna Rhodes has details about the first Utah State of Mind Virtual Conference.

The three-day event explores topics such as school-based mental wellness, implications of housing on recovery, and exploration of mental health impacts on businesses.

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