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Update - August 3, 2020

Updated: Aug 25, 2020

Dear Friends and Neighbors,


I hope this update finds all of you healthy and safe. We are going on 6 months of the new normal and it may sometimes feel like there is no end in sight. It is a little comforting to know that our nation has gone through similar times and survived to find new strengths and insights. In times like these, optimism is a necessity to get over the bumps in the road.


Think of the many conveniences that we now enjoy that the nation’s citizens didn’t have during the 1918 Influenza Pandemic. Quarantine is so much easier when we can order just about everything we need through a phone call or click of a button. We can have face-to-face conversations with friends and family without being in the same room. Medical advances have given us such a leg-up for fighting disease. Government programs provide for temporary assistance when people are in need of food, shelter, and healthcare.


In 1918, people relied on the kindness of their friends and neighbors and as much as I appreciate modern advances, kindness is needed in our society more than ever before.


State Data (as of August 3rd)

Total Cases: 41,529

Total People Tested: 540,182

Total Hospitalizations: 2,450

Total Deaths: 314

Estimated Recovered: 29,967


Utah County Dept Health

Total Cases: 8,047

Total Tested: 105,629

Hospitalizations: 373

Deaths: 35

Estimated Recovered: 5,504


Sports


The Utah High School Activities Association governing board confirmed plans to proceed with fall sports as scheduled. Read more here.


Schools


The Utah Department of Health, in collaboration with the Utah State Board of Education, created a manual that will help parents, teachers and schools open safely and stay open during the 2020-21 school year. Read the manual here.



Dr. Dunn


During Gov. Herbert’s weekly COVID-19 briefing, Dr. Angela Dunn answered a series of questions individuals around the state had about COVID-19. Watch here, starting at minute six and ending at minute 20.


Unemployment


The number of total new claims filed for unemployment benefits in Utah was 6,057 for the week of July 19 to July 25, 2020 with over $71 million of benefits paid. There were 83,716 continued claims filed during that same week. Traditional unemployment insurance claims decreased 17.11 percent from the previous week to 3,737 claims. Pandemic Unemployment Assistance claims decreased by 12.4 percent from the previous week to 1,307 claims. Pandemic Extended Unemployment Claims decreased by 4.5 percent from the last week to 1,013 claims. Read the full report here.


The job attachment status for active claimants will end effective August 15, 2020. Individuals whose employment has been impacted by COVID-19 should visit jobs.utah.gov/covid19 for updated information.


Tourism


The Utah Office of Tourism released guidance for safe and responsible recreation. Read the guidance here.


In the News


‘Drive-up, park, and apply for a job’: Staffing company to host drive-thru job fair on Wednesday

How does a face mask affect wearers' health on hot days?

4 months after pandemic began, Wayne County reports first case of COVID-19

Data shows inconsistent closures at Utah childcare facilities with COVID-19 outbreaks

Debate begins for who's first in line for COVID-19 vaccine


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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