Summit County

  The average number of COVID-19 tests coming back positive in Utah is below 20% for the first time since the beginning of November.

 

 

  

The statewide 7-day rolling average for positive tests 19.9%. The state saw a dramatic increase in positive lab tests at the beginning of this month, when almost a third of all tests were coming back positive. Over the last couple weeks, that percentage has declined. 

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On Tuesday,  January 19, 2021, Summit County will join counties across the nation in a moment of silence to honor Americans who have died from COVID-19.

At a meeting on January 13th, the Summit County Council passed a proclamation to memorialize the hundreds of Utahns and six Summit County residents who died from the virus. All residents of Summit County are encouraged to stand in tribute and honor those who have succumbed to COVID-19.  

On today's Local News Hour:

(04:14) -  Summit County Manager Tom Fisher discusses the agenda for Wednesday's county council meeting.

(30:49 ) - Deseret Wellness Medical Cannabis Dispensary Market President Jeremy Sumerix has details on the opening of the dispensary at the end of the month.

(41:57) -  Recycle Utah director Carolyn Wawra and Education Director Mary Kloser with information about this years Green Business Resiliency Award.  

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Monday, the Utah Department of Health reports 1500 people have died from COVID-19. That is an increase of seven people since yesterday. (Sunday) Public health concerns that hospitals are close to capacity continues as a statewide issue.  

Despite increasing COVID-19 testing over the last week, new cases throughout the state have continued to decline.

The Utah Department of Health announced 1,585 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, which is almost 700 less cases than the state saw at the same time last week.

The state reported an increase of 7,199 new tests administered. 

Summit County reported 34 new cases. In comparison, last Sunday Summit County saw 55 cases.

Wasatch County reported 22 new cases. Last Sunday, the county saw 38.  

The Utah Department of Health reported just over 2,000 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday as statewide metrics, including those in Summit and Wasatch County, continue to decline after a holiday surge.

 

With 2,150 COVID-19 cases reported on Saturday, the statewide rolling seven-day average of positive tests dropped to 2,315, according to the Utah Department of Health.

 

The Utah Department of Health confirmed the state’s first case of the highly-contagious strain of COVID-19, frequently referred to as the ‘UK variant,’ Friday.

 

The Health Department says the case was discovered through ongoing genetic sequencing of positive COVID-19 samples by the Utah Public Health Laboratory.

 

COVID-19 vaccine appointments are currently booked out more than two weeks. Please DO NOT drive to the clinic if you do not have an existing appointment to receive the vaccine. Links to schedule appointments will go out the week of January 18 if you have already registered at summitcountyhealth.org/vaccine or vacc.me/70. The COVID-19 Phone Hotline is 435-333-0050.  

  Utah has continued to ramp up COVID-19 testing without seeing a significant spike in cases.

The Utah Department of Health announced 2,742 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, which is over 1,800 less cases than the state saw at the same time last week.

The state saw an increase of 16,231 new tests administered. 

Summit County reported 55 new cases. Last Thursday Summit County set a new record of positive cases in a day with 76.

 

 

  

U.S. House of Representatives

The Wasatch Back’s two Congressmen, Representatives Blake Moore and John Curtis, both voted ‘no’ in Wednesday’s impeachment of President Donald Trump for inciting last week’s deadly riot in Washington DC.

 

Wednesday’s impeachment vote of the President was not split along party lines with 10 Republicans joining the Democrats and voting to impeach. Utah Congressmen Blake Moore and John Curtis were not among them.

 

A string of instances where counterfeit bills were passed to Summit County retailers has been reported, all using fake $50 bills.

 

The first reported counterfeit was on December 10th of last year when four fake $50 bills were used to pay for a Christmas tree at the Park City Nursery. Then, on January 8th, another counterfeit $50 was reported at Park City Coffee Roasters. 

 

The most recent was just this week, with Smith’s in Kimball Junction reporting four fake $50 bills from their January 11th sales.

Last week nearly a third of all COVID-19 tests were coming back positive in Utah, this week percent positivity has started to decline.

The statewide 7-day rolling average for positive tests is nearing 28% which is down from Tuesday’s average.

Summit County’s seven-day average of positive laboratory tests is close to 27%, which is the highest the county has ever reported. And more than 32% of tests are coming back positive on average in Wasatch County. 

Summit County Government

A Summit County Attorney has been nominated for a vacancy on the Second District Court.

Blake Hill has been a prosecutor in Utah for over two decades. Earlier this week he was nominated for the position by the Second District Judicial Nominating Commission.

Hill is currently the Special Victim Prosecutor for Summit County. Before working in the Wasatch Back, he worked at the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office from 2000-2017. He graduated from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law in 1998.

On today's Local News Hour:

(08:01) Former State Representative for Summit County and Commissioner of the Utah Dept. of Agriculture and Food Logan Wilde.

( 16:31 ) Director of Development for Dakota Pacific Jeff Gochnour has an update on the development proposal, that goes to a public hearing tonight before the Summit County Council, including plans for a new medical building as the rest of the project looks for approval.

(32:18) Summit County Health Dept. Director Rich Bullough has an update on the vaccinations rollout and challenges they’re facing.

On today's Local News Hour:

( 00:34) Summit County Manager Tom Fisher discusses the agenda for Wednesday's county council meeting.

( 19:40)  HKS Archtects Emir Tursic & Tommy Zakrzewski talk about the architectural changes and sustainability details of the PCMR base project

( 36:13) Cheryl Fox - Director of Summit Land Conservancy with this months open space issues update.

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