Summit 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.

 

Summit County Health Director Rich Bullough announced his retirement to the Summit County Board of Health Monday and will be officially stepping down in August.

 

Bullough has led the Summit County Health Department as Director since 2010 and told the board on Monday night that although he already had plans to retire -- twice -- prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, he could not in good conscience step away before guiding the county through the crisis.

 

On today's Local News Hour:

(04:06) - Summit County Manager Tom Fisher discusses the agenda for Wednesday's county council meeting.

(21:26) - Jessica Lowell reports on Avalanche Fences Above The Colony Get Push Back From Community

(25:34) - Summit County Transportation planner Chris Putt has details about this year's bike share program and an update on the U of U Bike Rack Design Challenge.

(35:03) - Cheryl Fox, Director of Summit Land Conservancy has an update on open space issues.

(45:38) - Leslie Thatcher reports on Residents Push for More Time to Comment on Quinn's Junction Contaminated Soil Landfill


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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.

 

Park City Municipal

Both Park City Municipal and Summit County officials have indicated they are open to the idea of extending at least a part-time remote work model after the COVID-19 pandemic ends.

 

Despite all of the bad things that came from the COVID-19 pandemic, there were a few silver linings.

 

On today's Local News Hour:

( 01:32 ) Summit County Manager Tom Fisher discusses the agenda for Wednesday's county council meeting.

( 21:58) Park City Board of Realtors President Mark Jacobson and Ex. Director Jamie Johnson have a rundown of the 2020 award winners as well as a look at the market over the last year.

( 38:58) US Ski Team Member Sam Dupratt talks about his horrific accident, recovery, and future plans as he's been named as ambassador for the Picabo Street Academy.

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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.

 

FDA

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.

 

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Wildlife officers are now looking for the perpetrator in the shooting of a bald eagle in Summit County earlier this month.

 

Division of Wildlife Resources conservation officers received a report of an injured juvenile bald eagle near Henefer on April 2. 

 

A Utah State Parks ranger and Utah Highway Patrol trooper located and captured the injured bird near the Weber River, west of Interstate 84 along the frontage road. It was transported to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah in Ogden.

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.

 

Summit County

After more than a year of pandemic, Summit County is gradually reopening its buildings to in-person public services.

 

During Tuesday night’s meeting of the Council of Governments, County Manager Tom Fisher reported that county buildings are opening up. Staffers are filtering back in, though they are talking with their directors about whether they will work in person, remotely or some combination of the two going forward.

 

Fisher said they’ve decided to take a gradual approach.

 

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.

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