Update - July 8, 2020

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I hope everyone enjoyed celebrating Independence Day this weekend. It surely was a unique one that we won’t soon forget. While many of the old familiar events were cancelled, it seems like everyone was bound and determined to celebrate with gusto. Freedom is always worth celebrating.

Of course, with any freedom comes responsibility. It requires us to watch out for each other and to guard against abuses, not through a mandate, but through the values that we have been taught living in a free land. I encourage everyone to follow CDC guidelines and to wear a mask in public. Wearing a mask is about protecting our families, friends, neighbors and communities. It's about keeping Utahns working, and businesses open. It's about preventing our health care system from being overwhelmed. While we all would prefer not to wear masks, Utahns look out for each other, so let's unite and do it anyway.

Utah has made great progress with COVID-19, but we need to remember we're not out of the woods yet. We all must continue doing everything we can to slow the spread of COVID-19.

State Data (as of July 7th)

Total Cases: 26,033

Total People Tested: 382,849

Total Hospitalizations: 1,653

Total Deaths: 194

Estimated Recovered: 14,764

Utah County Dept Health

Total Cases: 4,648

Total Tested: 66,913

Hospitalizations: 238

Deaths: 23

Estimated Recovered: 2,700

The graphic below illustrates Utah data on COVID-19 patients hospitalized, individuals with COVID-19 not hospitalized, and available ICU and non-ICU hospital beds.

The graph below shows Utah’s ICU capacity from May 1 through June 28.


In order for our educational institutions to resume operations, it is apparent that some changes need to be implemented. The CDC has issued recommendations for childcare, schools and youth programs, as well as colleges and universities. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released its own recommendations for school re-entry. Their guidance can be found here.

State Fair

The Utah State Fair is also going to be quite different this year, with limits to food and vendor booths as well as a rebranding. The event will be called a “September to Remember.” Learn more about the changes here.

Child Well-Being

With so much of our focus on the negative over the last few months, it’s always good to hear a little positive news about Utah. The Annie E. Casey Foundation has found that a child’s chances of thriving depend on individual, family and community characteristics but also on the state in which the child is born. The Foundation ranked Utah 4th in the nation for overall child well-being. Learn more here.

In the News

Utah Hospital Association urges governor to mandate masks for Utahns

Gov. Herbert meets with Utah legislative leaders about a statewide face mask mandate

Some teachers 'nervous' as district's debate plans for fall return

COVID-19 survivor still can’t smell or taste 4 months later

Utah health department says family visits at some assisted living centers are OK

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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