COVID-19 News Coverage – Summit County and Wasatch County, Utah

Credit Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS

KPCW's COVID-19 news coverage for Summit County and Wasatch County, Utah. 

You can also visit the Utah Department of HealthU.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization websites for additional information. 

CDC

Businesses from Silicon Slopes, Utah’s tech sector, have created an online tool in partnership with the state to collect more data about where Utah’s COVID-19 hotspots are and who should be tested. Through the TestUtah initiative, there’s now an online survey for anyone to take – with or without symptoms – to recommend whether people should seek testing.

CDC

The Utah Department of Health released new numbers Thursday afternoon about COVID-19 in the state.

There are 1,074 confirmed cases statewide, up 62 from Wednesday. Summit County has 204 cases, the same from yesterday. Eleven patients have been hospitalized. Wasatch County has 61 confirmed cases, up four from the day before. Three have been hospitalized.

CDC-Coronavirus

Wasatch County’s decision to issue a “Stay at Home” order went into effect on Wednesday. Wasatch County Manager Mike Davis shares his thoughts

Unemployment Claims Up 2400% Last Week

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Utah DWS

A record number of unemployment claims were filed last week. Nearly 29,000 Utahn’s submitted claims to the Department of Workforce Services.

Director of Unemployment Insurance Kevin Burt says his staff is implementing strategies to respond to the historic volume of claims they’ve received in the past two weeks. He says the claims last week are 2400% more than the average weekly claims for 2019.

“We have seen almost the same number of claims filed than we did in all of 2019. With this historic volume there will be some disruption in some of our normal service level.”

Earl Foote- CEO Nexus IT Consultants

Everybody should be on the look out for bad actors using internet trickery to infiltrate your privacy, steal your identity and wreak havoc on your hard drive. The world of cybercrime is now, more than ever, a threat to anyone with a device in hand.

Nexus IT Consultants CEO Earl Foote says hackers are looking for ways to exploit the fear and anxiety caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  He says they’re seeing an uptick in phishing campaigns.

State of Utah

Unemployment claims in Utah have skyrocketed.   But the staff at the Utah Department of Workforce Services are working to handle a situation that is unprecedented in their history.  

Earlier this week, we talked to Brooke Porter Coles, the spokeswoman for Workforce Services.

She noted that for the week of March 15th to the 21st, the state’s unemployment claims shot up by 1400 percent.

For the same week, Summit County filed 839 claims, or 5 percent of the state-wide total.   Wasatch County recorded 386 claims, or two percent of the state total.

Wasatch County Health Department

 

Wasatch County’s ‘Stay at Home’ order went into effect Wednesday morning. Wasatch County Council and invited city leadership sat in on a council meeting Wednesday afternoon.

CDC

Summit County has received a couple of formal challenges to its recent Stay At Home order.    One appeal was heard by the Board of Health on Monday.

Summit County Manager Tom Fisher told us that the Health Board heard an appeal from the Four Seasons transportation firm, which wanted to start third-person deliveries.    However, that appeal was rejected by the Board.

Fisher said another appeal came from the Board of Realtors, which wants to continue the marketing of homes.    He said the Health Department worked out a resolution with the realtors.        

Gov. Gary R. Herbert has issued an Executive Order instituting a moratorium on residential evictions for a narrow group of tenants who have been directly impacted by COVID-19. The order is effective immediately and applies only to individuals who have suffered wage or job loss as a result of COVID-19, have undergone self-isolation or quarantine in compliance with an order issued by the Utah Department of Health or a local health department, or have tested positive for COVID-19. It is effective through May 15.

Intermountain Health Care

Wasatch Back Hospitals are reporting they have ample healthy staff and personal protective gear but that isn’t stopping them from preparing for a potential surge.

Utah's COVID Hot Spots Are Summit And Wasatch Counties

Apr 1, 2020
CDC

Intermountain Healthcare has launched 20 COVID-19 curbside testing sites in Utah. One is in Park City and one is in Heber, which are the two biggest virus hotspots in the Utah. They’ve tested over 10,000 people since the middle of March.

IHC Urgent Care Medical Director Anthony Wallin, MD says the testing will help the state epidemiologist identify hotspots, which he says is critical to flattening the curve on the numbers of people who get the virus.

Vail Resorts is furloughing nearly all of their year-round hourly employees.  Salaried employees are getting at least a five percent pay cut. 

Park City Mountain Director of Communications Margo Van Ness says 391 employees at the resort will be furloughed for at least the next one to two months starting this Saturday, the result of cost-saving measures.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert announced Wednesday afternoon a moratorium on evictions for the next month, to help residential tenants who can’t pay rent due to the impacts of COVID-19. 

It’s the first of the month. For nearly one in three Utah households, rent is due.

The Utah Department of Workforce Services reported nearly 20,000 new claims for unemployment benefits from March 15 to March 21. The industry that saw the highest number of claims was food preparation and serving, with 37% of the claims.

The Utah Department of Health reported more than 1,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases Wednesday and seven related deaths. 

State epidemiologist Angela Dunn says Utah’s growth in COVID-19 cases does not appear to be exponential and over the past couple days has even flattened a bit. But looking at the past two weeks, Dunn says that doesn’t mean Utah is in the clear.

CDC

The Utah Department of Health released new numbers Wednesday afternoon about COVID-19 in the state.

There are 1,012 confirmed cases statewide, up 125 from Tuesday. Summit County has 204 cases, up from 181. Nine are visitors and 195 are residents. Wasatch County has 57 confirmed cases, up six from the day before. Fifty-six of those are residents and one is a visitor.

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