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Intensive Care Units in Utah are already at the threshold for capacity. And with the Thanksgiving holiday, healthcare providers are preparing for another surge in cases.

Eddie Stenehjem is an infectious disease expert at Intermountain Healthcare. During a press conference he said Thanksgiving could be a possible super spreader holiday.

“We absolutely worry that Thanksgiving will lead to increase community transmission, which will further our hospitalizations and that increased community transmission will continue through the Christmas holiday,” Stenehjem said.

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Several local organizations secured contracts through Rocky Mountain Power to deliver renewable energy from a new solar project here in Utah.

The 80-megawatt Elektron Solar project in Tooele County is slated to be online by 2023 and provide renewable energy to six customers in Utah, including four right here in the Wasatch Back.

Summit County, Park City Municipal, Park City Mountain Resort, and Deer Valley Resort all secured contracts through Rocky Mountain Power, along with Salt Lake City and Utah Valley University. 

Utah Department of Health reported 1,781 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday. The 7-day rolling average of new cases in the state is now 3,113 per day.

UDOH reported 26 new deaths — there have been 834 COVID-19 related deaths since the start of the pandemic. One of the deaths was a Summit County woman between the ages of 65-84 years old. She was a resident at a long-term care facility. 

Since the start of the pandemic, Summit County has seen five COVID-19 related deaths and Wasatch County has reported 13.

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Utah Republican Senator Ron Winterton spoke out against COVID-19 restrictions on businesses during a Health and Human Services Interim Committee meeting last week.

“The government's telling us how to live, and in my country, they say that's Hitler country because that's what Hitler did in his regime is how he controlled the people,” Winterton said. “And so we definitely don't want to go down that route.”

In an interview with KPCW he expanded on his original statement.

Utah’s Health Department reported 2,701 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday.

Utah’s Department of Health reported 11 new deaths — there have been 808 COVID-19 related deaths since the start of the pandemic. One of the deaths was a Wasatch County man between the ages of 45-64 years old. He was hospitalized when he died. 

Since the start of the pandemic, Summit County has seen four COVID-19 related deaths and Wasatch County has reported 13.

The 7-day rolling average of new cases is now 3,284 per day. This time last week the state’s 7-day average was 3,057.

Republic Services, Summit County local trash and recycling pick up, wishes everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. Collection Services will not take place on Thanksgiving Day. Services for Thursday and Friday will be pushed out 1 day. Therefore, Thursday's pick-up will be on Friday, and Friday's pickups will be on Saturday. If any questions, please call 435.615.8311.

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Utah is going back to the COVID-19 transmission index after health orders from Governor Gary Herbert expired Monday.

Social gatherings will no longer be restricted to same-households only starting Tuesday. But Governor Gary Herbert did extend the mask mandate throughout the entire state.

Even though the governor lifted certain restrictions, he said health officials are still hoping to see the effect of the now expired health orders.

Utah’s Health Department reported 2,244 new COVID-19 cases Monday. The 7-day rolling average of new cases is now per day 3,349. This time last week the state’s 7-day average was 2,949.

Summit County saw 33 new cases, and last Monday - for comparison - Summit reported 19 new infections.

And in Wasatch County, the health department reported 35 new cases, last Monday the county saw 24.

On today's Local News Hour:  

( 03:34) Summit County Manager Tom Fisher discusses the agenda for today’s special county council meeting.

( 19:06) U.S. Ski and Snowboard Update with Lara Carlton.

( 35:59) Musicians Tanya Taylor and Diego Brazuca have details about their upcoming album DIVERSITY: A Holiday Celebration.

Last week Summit and Wasatch Counties Clerks certified their results for the 2020 election and both counties reached record voter turnout.

Between the COVID-19 pandemic and a highly contested presidential race, this year’s election was anything but ordinary.

Despite all the obstacles the pandemic presented, Summit County Clerk Kent Jones said the county had record voter turnout.

“I've never seen it this high before,” Jones said. “It's been a unique election right from beginning to end.”

Utah’s Department of Health Reported 3,197 new COVID-19 cases Sunday.

The 7-day rolling average of new cases is now 3,310 per day. This time last week the state’s 7-day average was 2,985.

Summit County saw 20 new cases, and last Sunday - for comparison - Summit reported 31 new infections.

And in Wasatch County, the health department reported 46 new cases, last Sunday the county saw 32.

The Utah Department of Health reported nearly 3,400 additional COVID-19 cases on Saturday and 14 new deaths, including one from Wasatch County.

3,395 was the number of new COVID-19 infections reported by the Utah Department of Health on Saturday, and 14 new deaths brings the total to 787 since the pandemic began.

Among Saturday’s reported deaths was a Wasatch County man between the ages of 65 and 84 who was in a long-term care facility at the time of his death. To date, Wasatch County has recorded 12 COVID-19 deaths. Summit County has seen three.

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Hospitals in Utah are nearing 88% ICU capacity. Health officials consider 85% capacity to be full after factoring in things like availability of staff and PPE. 

Intermountain Healthcare has already started to postpone some surgeries in hospitals down in the valley. But they haven’t had to cancel any surgeries in their Park City or Heber Valley Hospital locations.

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Park City’s DMV office closed Tuesday, and the Coalville and Kamas locations have been closed since the start of the pandemic — leaving Summit County residents without an open DMV.

The quarantine comes after one of four employees tested positive for COVID-19.

Summit County Treasurer Corrie Forsling, whose department handles DMV operations, said the office will not be able to operate remotely while the staff is quarantining.

Summit County reported another COVID-19 related death Wednesday. This is the second death in the county in just one week.

Utah’s Department of Health reported nine new deaths, bringing the total number to 740 since the start of the pandemic. One of the reported deaths is a Summit County woman who was between the ages of 65-84. She was not hospitalized at the time of her death.

Summit County has seen three COVID-19 related deaths since the start of the pandemic, and Wasatch County has reported 10.

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