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Update - July 15, 2020

Dear Friends and Neighbors,


I hope that all of you are staying positive and doing what you can to keep you and your families healthy and safe. As you may have heard, Governor Herbert challenged Utahns to reduce transmission of the novel coronavirus by staying home when sick and wearing a mask in public whenever social distancing isn’t possible. As part of the challenge, the goal will be to reduce the average daily new cases to 500 by August 1st. He and Senate leadership want to stay away from mandates and work toward lowering cases while keeping the economy rolling. It is a tough ask, but I believe Utahns have what it takes to succeed.



Covid-19 Numbers


State Data (as of July 15th)

Total Cases: 30,891

Total People Tested: 432,080

Total Hospitalizations: 1,913

Total Deaths: 233

Estimated Recovered: 18,593


Utah County Dept Health

Total Cases: 5,560

Total Tested: 75,656

Hospitalizations: 280

Deaths: 29

Estimated Recovered: 3,400


Unemployment


Traditional unemployment insurance claims decreased 3.1 percent from the previous week to 4,850 claims. Pandemic Unemployment Assistance claims decreased by 10.6 percent from the previous week to 1,502 claims. Pandemic Extended Unemployment Claims increased by 6.2 percent from the previous week to 897 claims. The total new claims for all three programs ended the week at 7,249 and the combined weekly claims for all three programs was at 91,439. Read the report here.


Outdoor Recreation


This year, the Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation’s annual summit will feature in-person meetings and virtual sessions. It will be held at the Utah Valley Convention Center on August 25-26, and will be streamed electronically. More information here.


PPP


The Paycheck Protection Program is extended through August 8. The extension will make available the remaining $134 billion for small businesses and qualifying entities. Learn more here.


In the News


Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris Peterson calls for statewide mask mandate

#SaveUtahBars pushes for liquor law changes during COVID-19

Walmart will start requiring all customers to wear masks

National Parks may become the latest battleground in reopening


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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