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Update - August 11, 2020

Dear Friends and Neighbors,


Last week, it was reported that Utah’s COVID-19 seven-day rolling average was at 449 cases. If you remember, our goal was to be under 500 cases by August 1. We met our goal! Our state is now being challenged to be under 400 cases by the first of September. I know that we can do it.


The graph below shows the state of Utah’s ICU capacity from May 1 through August 5:

State Data (as of August 11th)

Total Cases: 44,752

Total People Tested: 578,549

Total Hospitalizations: 2,677

Total Deaths: 349

Estimated Recovered: 34,764


Utah County Dept Health

Total Cases: 8,719

Total Tested: 111,905

Hospitalizations: 403

Deaths: 37

Estimated Recovered: 6,533


Testing Compact


Utah is partnering with the Rockefeller Foundation and seven other states, led by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, to purchase and deploy rapid point-of-care antigen testing. This agreement will help better detect outbreaks more quickly. Read more here.


Housing Assistance


The Housing and Community Development Division of the Utah Department of Workforce Services adjusted the eligibility requirements for the $20 million pandemic housing assistance program. Read more here.


School PPE


Utah's Unified Command will provide a one-time PPE push pack, which includes five KN95 masks and two face shields, to every teacher, faculty member and school bus driver in the state. This initiative totals over 250,000 KN95 masks and 100,000 face shields for 28,000 teachers and 16,000 faculty members. The PPE push packs will provide a buffer for school districts to work on securing their own supply of PPE.


Unemployment


The number of total new claims filed for unemployment benefits in Utah was 5,080 for the week of July 26 to August 1 with over $75 million of benefits paid. There were 81,439 continued claims filed during that same week. Traditional unemployment insurance claims decreased 16 percent from the previous week to 3,137 claims. Pandemic Unemployment Assistance claims decreased by 36 percent from the previous week to 832 claims. Pandemic Extended Unemployment Claims increased 9.7 percent from the last week to 1,111 claims. Read the full report here.


Job Fair


The Utah Department of Workforce Services is holding a free virtual job fair on August 27 and offering a free virtual job fair prep class on August 26. Learn more at jobs.utah.gov.


In the News


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Pandemic doesn’t stop the rise of flexible and shared office spaces in downtown Salt Lake City


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 dmccay@le.utah.gov. 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 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,


Senator Dan McCay

Utah Senate District 11



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