Wasatch County

The Utah Department of Health announced Tuesday that the state has met the COVID-19 thresholds outlined in HB 294, or the pandemic “endgame” bill, passed by the state legislature in March.


As of Tuesday, all public health orders are terminated. The inability for local governments to enforce health orders caused friction between state and local lawmakers during the legislative session, but the bill passed with a veto-proof majority in the state legislature in March.


One more Utah COVID-19 death was reported by the Utah Department of Health on Saturday and the Wasatch Back remained stable in their numbers of new cases.


Saturday’s lone death was identified as a Salt Lake County woman between the ages of 45 and 64 who was hospitalized at the time of her death. To date, 2,203 Utahns have died of COVID-19.


Summit and Wasatch Counties both recorded four new cases on Saturday, continuing a single-digit streak that extends back to the middle of April.


The Utah Department of Health announced five more COVID-19 deaths Friday, while Summit and Wasatch Counties continued their streak of single digit numbers of new cases.


Friday’s five deaths were identified as three women and two men all over the age of 65. The Health Department said two of the deaths occurred before April 1st. None of Friday's deaths were from either Summit or Wasatch Counties.



With the passage of Proposition 4 by Utah voters back in 2018, an independent redistricting commission will help draw the state’s  legislative boundaries this year. Redistricting happens once every 10 years -- the boundaries drawn this year will be in place for the next decade.


The Utah Department of Health announced one more COVID-19 death on Saturday.


Saturday’s death was identified as a Salt Lake County man between the ages of 45 and 64, who was hospitalized at the time of his death. To date, 2,180 Utahns have died of the disease, 12 in Summit County, 21 in Wasatch County.


Statewide, the Health Department reported 472 new COVID-19 cases. The rolling seven-day average of positive tests in Utah is now 378 per day.



The Utah Department of Health lifted the statewide pause on administering shots of the one-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine late Friday.


The pause in Johnson & Johnson vaccinations had been in place since April 13th. The Health Department decided Friday evening to follow the direction of the Food & Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control to lift the pause.


The Utah Department of Health reported that the state has crossed the 2 million mark for doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered.


With over 29,000 vaccine doses administered since Thursday, Utah has officially crossed the 2 million shot threshold for vaccinations.


Wasatch County

The Wasatch County Council took public input for almost 3 hours on Wednesday night to consider becoming a Second Amendment “sanctuary county” via citizen’s initiative. 


The majority of the public comments were in support of the ordinance.


Wasatch County

The Wasatch County Council meets 3 p.m. on Wednesday to tackle an agenda including Second Amendment rights, mental health awareness and a real estate development nearly a decade in the making.


On today's Local News Hour:

( 00:29) Summit County Manager Tom Fisher discusses the agenda for Wednesday's county council meeting.

( 16:16) Jessica Lowell reports on the vaccination clinic at the Park City High School.

( 18:52) Director of the Utah Women and Leadership Project Dr. Susan Madsen has details on new reserach showing COVID-19's impact on Utah women and work - specifically looking at Summit and Wasatch Counties.

Wasatch County

After an 18-month delay in plans, Wasatch County’s top health official is retiring. 


Randall Probst has been the director of Wasatch County Public Health for about eight years. He started his career as a nurse and has spent 35 years in healthcare administration with stints at several hospitals. He said a county water study delayed his retirement initially planned for December of 2019. The COVID-19 pandemic, however, derailed his plans to retire in the spring of 2020.


On today's Local News Hour:

( 00:25) Summit County asks Heber City 4th District Court to strike down Hideout's request for annexation as Rick Brough reports.

( 03:57) Christine Coleman and Kristi Cumming from PCCF about Solomon Fund, executive search, climate fund, etc.

( 20:46) Chris Penn Aquatics Program Manager with the DWR talks about the Kokanee Salmon release in Rockport Reservoir

( 26:18) Jessica Lowell story on the vaccine clinic today at the Park City High School. 


The Utah Department of Health reported no additional COVID-19 deaths on Saturday and single-digit numbers of new cases were reported in Summit and Wasatch Counties.

Saturday saw only two new COVID-19 cases in Summit County, the lowest single-day case count since March 7th, when the county reported no new cases. Wasatch County reported six new cases on Saturday, rebounding from a 12 case day on Friday.

Wasatch County experienced a spike in COVID-19 cases on Friday as statewide case numbers continued to stabilize.


Wasatch County’s 13 cases was the highest single-day number of cases in the county since April 6th, when 14 cases were reported. Previous to that, the county had not seen more than nine cases in a day since March 2nd.


Summit County reported seven new cases on Friday, continuing the county’s downward trend seen since late March.


At the Wasatch County Council’s meeting Wednesday night, Wasatch County Public Health Director Randall Probst provided an overview of how the COVID guidelines have changed with the April 10 expiration of the Utah mask mandate. 


Still, there remain social distancing and mask requirements in place for specific events.