Summit County

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The Utah State Legislative Session comes to an end Friday and some local officials have raised concerns about the legislature’s willingness to take authority away from Utah cities, towns, and counties. 

 

In only 45 days, the Utah Legislature conducts the business of the state each year. Hundreds of bills are considered each session, causing a whirlwind of committee hearings, votes, amendments, and more votes before it’s all over.

 

Summit County’s Health Director says the county is seeing some positive trends in the pandemic with the arrival of vaccines and a decline in cases. But Rich Bullough said citizens still need to be cautious.

Health Board Chairman Chris Cherniak noted that they were meeting almost a year to the day from the time the Board received its first briefing on a new virus the World Health Organization was calling Coronavirus Disease 2019.

The Summit County Board of Health heard Monday that there is continued good news, on a number of fronts, in getting vaccinations to the people.

 

County Health officials say they’re meeting their goals in serving the senior population. Vaccines are making their way into stores. And Health Director Rich Bullough says he thinks vaccination appointments will be available to the general population within the month.

 

Bullough told the Board of Health that he’s urging citizens to get vaccinated if they have the chance.

22 COVID-19 deaths were reported by the Utah Department of Health on Saturday.

 

Saturday’s report brings the statewide death toll from the disease to 1,929. None of Saturday’s deaths were from either Summit or Wasatch Counties.

 

The Utah Department of Health reported 17 new COVID-19 deaths across the state on Friday. Despite the higher number of deaths, average case numbers across the state, including those in Summit and Wasatch Counties continued to decline.

 

Friday’s 17 deaths brings the statewide death toll from COVID-19 to 1,907 since the start of the pandemic last march. All of Friday’s deaths were individuals over the age of 45 and none were from either Summit or Wasatch Counties.

 

Governor Spencer Cox announced Thursday new vaccine eligibility for Utahns over the age of 16 with certain comorbidities, effective immediately. 

 

Initially expected on March 1st, individuals 16 and older with comorbidities like cancer and chronic heart disease are now immediately eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. A full list of eligible comorbidities can be found here.

 

Widespread internet outages in the Wasatch Back on Monday night into Tuesday occurred after utility cable was damaged by Utah Department of Transportation crews in the Salt Lake Valley.

 

Construction crews working on I-15 along the Wasatch Front near Draper damaged utility lines on Monday, disrupting internet service for AT&T and Centurylink customers. Customers of Wicked Fast internet in Park City were also affected.

 

On today's Local News Hour:

(02:10) Utah Avalanche Forecast Center Report 

(05:48) Summit County Manager Tom Fisher discusses the agenda for Wednesday's county council meeting.

( 22:18) Mental Health Counselor Katie Thomas has details about an upcoming small group teen girls resiliency program she is offering throughout the month of March.

(36:30) Park City Local and American Idol contestant Wyatt Pike talks about getting on the show and when we might see his audition.

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.

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.

 

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.

  

Tribe Outside is a free program for youth ages 11-17 to foster connection and joy for life through outdoor experiences. A Tribe Outside free Nordic Skiing event will be held on March 8. Winter gear is available at no cost.  Register in advance by visiting the events page at CTCsummitcounty.org or contacting heather@ctcsummitcounty.org. See Event Calendar to register for all upcoming Tribe Outside events including Skate Skiing on March 22. 

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