Updates on Covid-19 Efforts – July 8th

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I hope everyone enjoyed celebrating Independence Day this weekend. It surely was a unique one that we won’t soon forget. While many of the old familiar events were cancelled, it seems like everyone was bound and determined to celebrate with gusto. Freedom is always worth celebrating.

Utah has made great progress with COVID-19, but we need to remember we’re not out of the woods yet. We all must continue doing everything we can to slow the spread of COVID-19.

State Data (as of July 7th)
Total Cases:                            26,033
Total People Tested:               382,849
Total Hospitalizations:            1,653
Total Deaths:                          194
Estimated Recovered:             14,764

Bear River Health Department
Total Cases:    1751
Box Elder:          190
Cache:                 1557
Rich:                   4
Recovered:      1142
Box Elder:          81
Cache:                 1059
Rich:                   2
Deaths:            3
Box Elder:          1
Cache:                 2
Rich:                   0

The graphic below illustrates Utah data on COVID-19 patients hospitalized, individuals with COVID-19 not hospitalized, and available ICU and non-ICU hospital beds.

The graph below shows Utah’s ICU capacity from May 1 through June 28.

Education

In order for our educational institutions to resume operations, it is apparent that some changes need to be implemented. The CDC has issued recommendations for childcare, schools and youth programs, as well as colleges and universities. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released its own recommendations for school re-entry. Their guidance can be found here.

State Fair

The Utah State Fair is also going to be quite different this year, with limits to food and vendor booths as well as a rebranding. The event will be called a “September to Remember.”  Learn more about the changes here.

Child Well-Being

With so much of our focus on the negative over the last few months, it’s always good to hear a little positive news about Utah. The Annie E. Casey Foundation has found that a child’s chances of thriving depend on individual, family and community characteristics but also on the state in which the child is born. The Foundation ranked Utah 4th in the nation for overall child well-being. Learn more here.

In the News

Utah Hospital Association urges governor to mandate masks for Utahns
Gov. Herbert meets with Utah legislative leaders about a statewide face mask mandate
Some teachers ‘nervous’ as district’s debate plans for fall return
COVID-19 survivor still can’t smell or taste 4 months later
Utah health department says family visits at some assisted living centers are OK

I Look Forward to Hearing from You!

Connect with the Utah Senate for updates wherever you live on social media. We’re on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, and all sorts of other sites. Feel free to visit our new website for updates, articles, and information: https://senate.utah.gov/.

I’ll try to continually keep you informed about my work on the Hill – likewise, please keep in touch – I’d love to hear your insights and opinions.

I can also be reached by email at ssandall@le.utah.gov. My mobile phone number is (435) 279-7551. You’re also welcome to join me at the Capitol.

If you’d like to meet with me in person during the interim or the legislative session, you can reach Jason Gould at jgould@le.utah.gov. He’ll help us get in touch.

I’m truly grateful for the opportunity you’ve given me to serve in this capacity. We live in a unique and special place. Thank you for all you do to make Utah the best state in the nation – and thanks for paying attention.

Until next time,

Scott Sandall
Senate District 17