Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Over the last few weeks, the state has seen an increase in COVID-19 cases, which is concerning. However, we have not seen a proportionate increase in hospitalizations. Data shows that the younger population is less likely to be hospitalized due to COVID-19 and can recover at home.
Key data points we are monitoring as we make recommendations to protect all Utahns include hospital utilization rates, the transmission rate, rate of community spread and high-risk populations. Information and updates on key data points can be found here.
If you’re experiencing any of the following flu-like symptoms, get tested for COVID-19. Symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, muscle aches and chills, decreased sense of smell or taste. To find a testing location near you, click here.
The Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development created the Utah Industry and Innovation Center, a combined focus on targeted industries with the Small Business Innovation Research program. Learn more here.
Utah is still trending in a positive direction with more individuals ending weekly unemployment insurance claims than new applications. Read the report here.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has programs that provide immediate and long-term assistance to rural communities affected by COVID-19. These programs can support recovery efforts for rural residents, businesses and communities. More information here.
The Salt Lake Chamber partnered with the Utah Department of Health (UDOH) to launch the statewide campaign, Stay Safe to Stay Open. This campaign seeks to educate, inform and help businesses communicate to their consumers that they have pledged to follow safety guidance from the UDOH. More information here.
As of June 29, at 1:00 p.m. the Utah Department of Health reported 333,905 total tests administered, 21,664 total testing positive, 12,205 estimated recovered, 1,417 total hospitalization, 193 current hospitalizations, and 168 total fatalities. Additional information can be found here.
Local Updates for COVID-19
The mask mandate that went into effect in Summit County on June 27 was a recommendation from local county officials, not from state officials, which was approved by the Governor. Local and health officials are taking preemptive measures in making this recommendation. Studies suggest wearing a face mask reduces transmissions, thus decreasing the chance of infecting the high-risk population from getting COVID-19. You can read more about the public health order from the Summit County Council here.
While this decision falls out of my control, I will continue to voice your concerns in my meetings on this subject.
With the Fourth of July this weekend, please be aware of the latest fireworks restrictions here. Stay connected with the appropriate outlets during this fire season or find your local fire department for current guidelines here.
I hope you enjoy the holiday with family and good food as we celebrate our victory to freedom and independence.