COVID-19 Weekly Update

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I hope you are all keeping safe and healthy. We continue to see a rise in positive COVID-19 cases in our state. While our hospitalization rate is still manageable, it is imperative we each do our part to prevent the spread of the virus. This week the Governor issued a challenge for Utahns to help slow the spread of the virus by wearing masks and social distancing to decrease our daily case rates to 500 by August 1st.

On Monday, July 13th the Utah Department of Health reported 418,335 total tests administered, 30,030 total positive cases, 17,728 estimated recovered cases, 1,850 total hospitalizations, 207 current hospitalizations and 216 total fatalities.

The Bear River Health Department reported the following local data breakdown:

COUNTYCasesHospitalizedRecoveryDeaths
Box Elder23711101
Cache1650513002
Rich4030
TOTALS   1891614133

The graphic below comes directly from the coronavirus.utah.gov website and shares the latest breakdown of Utah hospitalizations and ICU bed occupancy.

Last week Governor Herbert met with Utah State Senate President Stuart Adams and Speaker of the House Brad Wilson to discuss matters relating to COVID-19 including masks. After the meeting President Adams released a statement opposing a government mandate requiring masks. In his statement he shared, “Mandating masks raises questions of enforcement and punishment. As legislators, we are working to strike a balance between policies that protect public health and citizens’ rights. Let us rise to the occasion and do what we can, proudly and willingly. I am asking you to help out by wearing a mask voluntarily.” You can read the full statement here.

During the weekly COVID-19 press conference last week, Gov. Herbert announced that masks will be required in all K-12 schools this fall. For parents and teachers who are interested, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released guidance for school re-entry. In addition, the CDC issued guidance for childcare, schools and youth programs.

With the deadline around the corner, I wanted to send out one more reminder that this year the tax filing deadline was moved to July 15, 2020. Individual taxpayers who need additional time to file beyond July 15 can request a filing extension by filing Form 4868 through their tax professional, tax software or using the Free File link on IRS.gov. Businesses who need additional time must file Form 7004. You can read more here.

In the News

Herbert Extends Yellow Color Risk Level for 19 Counties; Pandemic Mask Mandate for State Facilities
Utah Legislative Leaders Call for Voluntary Mask-Wearing Instead of State Mandate
Federal Pandemic Food Assistance Approved for Utah
Why Pediatricians are Pushing for Kids to Go Back to School in the Fall
UDOH Gives Guidelines for Visiting Assisted Living Homes
I Love Life and Liberty, and Wearing a Mask Protects Both

What do you think?

You can connect to me online via Facebook (Senator Lyle W. Hillyard) or on Twitter (@senlylehillyard). I can also be reached by email at lhillyard@le.utah.gov or by phone at 435-757-0194.

Senator Lyle Hillyard