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COVID-19 Update July 13, 2020

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I want to express my appreciation to all of you for helping our state combat COVID-19. We must continue to do everything in our power to slow the spread of this virus. Our state has overcome difficult times before, and we will do it again.

State Updates

  • Gov. Herbert announced that masks will be required in all K-12 schools this fall. To help prepare for schools to reopen, all Utahns are challenged to do their part to have daily case rates under 500 by August 1.

  • During the Utah State Board of Education’s last meeting, they reviewed the results of the 2020 school safety survey of Utah school building administrators, agreed to alter several administrative rules to include the phrase “subject to appropriation” in light of budget uncertainties and approved an updated standards revision process that relies more on full Board participation. The full summary can be found here.

The Utah State Board of Education Planning Requirements (USBE) and Recommendations for K-12 Schools Reopening are to be included with the state’s Phased Guidelines for the General Public and Businesses to Maximize Public Health and Economic Reactivation. USBE requires all Utah public schools to create reopening plans and post them on school websites by August 1. Read more here.

  • Traditional unemployment insurance claims decreased 3.1 percent from the previous week to 4,850 claims. Read the full report here.

  • The Paycheck Protection Program is extended through August 8. The extension will make available the remaining $134 billion for small businesses and qualifying entities. Learn more here.

  • The Public Health and Economic Emergency Commission unanimously voted to make additional COVID-19 data public and to send notifications when information is updated. More information here.

State COVID-19 Data

As of July 13, at 1:00 p.m. Utah's private and public laboratories have administered 418,335 total tests with 30,030 testing positive. There are currently 207 people hospitalized with COVID-19. There have been 216 fatalities, with an estimated 17,728 recovered. Additional information can be found here.

Local Updates for COVID-19

In Case You Missed It

  • The Department of Workforce Services is hosting a virtual job fair on July 30 for individuals looking for work. There are nearly 25,000 job openings in a wide variety of industries at

  • Blake Shelton will host three drive-in concerts in Utah this summer. Tickets go on sale July 14. Find tickets here.

  • Deer and elk hunting permits will only be sold online this year, beginning July 16, due to COVID-19 concerns. More information here.

Our district has breathtaking hiking and biking trails. Enjoy the summer by exploring Utah’s surroundings while being socially distant. Check out some options here.

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