Presidential Debate and Other Updates

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

This last week, the first presidential debate took place. No matter which side people are on politically, I think most will agree that tensions were high. I am proud to be a Utahn, where civility is a priority. My hope and expectation are that Utahns will lead by example. We are all under tremendous strain during this crazy time, but we are stronger when we show kindness, patience and charity to those around us, regardless of our differences.

Salt Lake City will host the only vice-presidential debate of the 2020 election cycle this Wednesday, October 7, at 7 p.m. More information here.

The graph below shows Utah’s ICU capacity from May 1 through September 30:

State Data (as of October 5th)

Total Cases: 78,723

Total People Tested: 866,180

Total Hospitalizations: 4,019

Total Deaths: 482

Estimated Recovered: 57,965

Utah County Dept Health

Total Cases: 21,180

Total Tested: 181,306

Hospitalizations: 720

Deaths: 63

Estimated Recovered: 13,314

State Audit

Last week, the Office of the State Auditor released an audit on Utah’s emergency procurements and response during the early stages of COVID-19. Read the audit here.

Some Positive News

Positive COVID-19 trends in Utah shared during the weekly COVID-19 briefing:

  • The state is seeing a significant reduction in cases among Latino communities.

  • Hospital stays for COVID-19 patients are shortening.

  • Utah continues to have one of the lowest mortality rates in the United States.

Economic Snapshot

The Governor's Office of Management and Budget released an economic snapshot, showing Utah’s economic progress during COVID-19. Read the report here.

Jobs Available

The Utah Department of Workforce Services launched a new web portal to help link Utahns to an estimated 30,000 available jobs. View the portal here.

Small Business Grant

The Utah Labor Commission announced a new $2 million Small Business Quarantined Employee Grant to help small businesses pay employees to stay home during quarantine or isolation for a maximum of 40 hours per week for a period of up to two calendar weeks. More information here and here.

Utah Teacher of the Year

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Sydnee Dickson named John Arthur, a sixth-grade teacher at Salt Lake City’s Meadowlark Elementary School as the 2021 Utah Teacher of the Year. Read more here.

Prison Cases

There are currently 47 cases of COVID-19 within the Utah State Prison in Draper. Forty-five of those cases have been confirmed in the Wasatch Facility in Baker Block, and the other two cases are new prison intakes. Read more here.

School District Dashboard

The Utah Department of Health updated the coronavirus dashboard to include COVID-19 cases by school districts. Learn more about this change and other changes to the dashboard here.

In the News

$2.2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package narrowly passes US House, bipartisan deal not reached

Drive-thru job fair on 'Work for us Wednesday'

How the state plans on making you more comfortable shopping in public

Online learning still a challenge for students, districts say it’s getting better

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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