Update - August 19, 2020

Updated: Aug 24, 2020

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Congratulations on helping Utah become the top state in economic outlook for the 13th year in a row. The people of the great state of Utah have made it a pretty incredible place to live and work. Utah entered the health crisis with a vibrant economy, record-low unemployment, and the title of best state for entrepreneurs. This healthy economic outlook will help us bounce back from the pandemic. It will take hard work, dedication, and a willingness to offer a helping hand to those most affected by the virus.

The graph below shows Utah’s ICU capacity from May 1 through August 12:

The graph below shows Utah’s COVID-19 curve status from June 16 through August 12. While daily case counts are not the most useful indicator of risk to the state, they can provide perspectives on trends. Data from last week shows that cases are beginning to decline. However, this does not mean we should ease up but maintain our efforts and continue to wear masks and practice beneficial hygiene measures.

State Data (as of August 18th)

Total Cases: 47,157

Total People Tested: 606,516

Total Hospitalizations: 2,804

Total Deaths: 369

Estimated Recovered: 38,555

Utah County Dept Health

Total Cases: 9,683

Total Tested: 119,151

Hospitalizations: 441

Deaths: 41

Estimated Recovered: 7,473

Lost Wages Assistance

On August 8, 2020, President Trump made available up to $44 billion from FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund to provide financial assistance to Americans who have lost wages due to the COVID-19 pandemic. FEMA approved Utah’s application to receive Lost Wages Assistance funding from FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund. More information here.

Online Charter School

The Utah State Board of Education approved a recommendation from the State Charter School Board to increase the enrollment cap for two online charter schools. Read more here.


The first U.S. case of SARS-CoV-2, the animal virus linked to COVID-19, was discovered. Five infected mink were identified at two Utah mink farms. Read more in English here and Spanish here.

Virtual Job Fair

The Department of Workforce Services will host a virtual job fair on August 27. Learn more here.

In the News:

Cloth masks performed well, study says

A pair of online charter schools in Utah see big jumps in enrollment

Will you get a refund if COVID-19 closes your campus?

Intermountain Healthcare research: Clear link between COVID-19 and heart disease

I Look Forward to Hearing From You!

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 be reached by email at You’re also welcome to join me at the Capitol and if you’d like to meet with me in person outside of interim or the legislative session, you can reach Jason Gould at 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,

Senator Dan McCay

Utah Senate District 11

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