Update - May 17, 2020

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I hope you and your loved ones had a safe Memorial Day weekend. What a great opportunity we have each year to remember those who have gone before us, especially those who sacrificed so much for our freedom and safety. I’m grateful for all who have served in our armed forces, especially those who carry the burden of their sacrifice with them years and decades after active duty.

The battle against Covid-19 continues as the state begins opening up its economy. It is important that we stay vigilant and continue to think about the health of vulnerable Utahns as we patronize local businesses. Here are the most recent numbers:

Covid-19 Statistics (as of May 27th)

COVID-19 Cases- 8,706

Reported People Tested- 200,626

COVID-19 Hospitalizations- 716

COVID-19 Deaths- 105

High-Risk Individuals

Last week the Utah Department of Health released recommendations for businesses to protect High-Risk Individuals in the workforce who are unable to do their jobs from home.

Many of the precautions outlined apply to high-risk individuals themselves, but most of the recommended strategies require us as fellow citizens to change habits to be successful. All of us have friends and family who belong to this category. Read the full list of recommendations, here.

Utah Leads Together 3.0

Utah leaders also released the Utah Leads Together 3.0 plan, which builds on previous versions. It includes guidance for high-risk individuals and outlines steps to help ensure multicultural communities are getting the help they need and an economic response aimed at protecting lives and livelihoods. Read the 3.0 plan here.


The Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program is now available for Utahns. Eligible individuals may receive up to 13 weeks of additional unemployment benefits. This is the fifth and final CARES Act program to be implemented in the state. Read more here.

In the News

Governor Herbert Issues Executive Order Transitioning Summit and Wasatch Counties to Low Health Risk Level

Utah’s Move Towards Green “New Normal” Phase Could Take months, Governor Suggests

Utah Launches Suicide Prevention Campaign Amid Pandemic

State School Board Recommends up to $382 Million in Budget Cuts in Wake of COVID-19

Utah Researchers Collect Antibody-Rich Plasma for COVID-19 Treatment

Here's what could potentially be cut as Utah lawmakers deal with COVID-19 economic fallout

Red Cross in urgent need for blood donations as hospital demand increases

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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