Update - September 15, 2020
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Last week, we remembered and paid tribute to the lives lost during the terror attacks on September 11, as well as those who have sacrificed to keep our nation safe and secure. It is hard to believe that it’s been almost 20 years since that fateful day. On September 11, and the days following that horrific event, we learned the strength and resolve of our country.
We now have been confronted by a different challenge. The last seven months have been difficult, but I’m proud of the way Utah has handled the situation.
Recently, 24/7 Wall Street ranked Utah as having the best economy in the nation. Our state is taking calculated steps to restart the economy and protect individuals' health while planning for an even stronger future.
Unified Response Scoreboard
Recently, the state presented the Unified Response Scoreboard, a new data dashboard that shows how Utah will measure its progress toward public and economic health. The public health goal is to keep the case-fatality ratio of less than 1 percent. The economic recovery goal is to maintain or lower the unemployment rate of 4.5 percent between now and the end of the calendar year. More information here.
The graph below shows Utah’s ICU capacity from May 1 through September 7:
State Data (as of September 14)
Total Cases: 58,438
Total People Tested: 721,682
Total Hospitalizations: 3,338
Total Deaths: 436
Estimated Recovered: 48,934
Utah County Dept Health
Total Cases: 12,611
Total Tested: 140,825
Estimated Recovered: 9,925
Gov. Herbert recently issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency due to the severe windstorm that passed through our state Monday night and Tuesday morning. More information here.
The Governor also issued an executive order moving Carbon County and Box Elder County to the minimal level of restriction (green) phase effective Friday, September 11. Read more here.
Traditional unemployment insurance new claims increased by .3 percent from the previous week to 2,612 claims. Pandemic Unemployment Assistance new claims increased by 2.4 percent from the previous week to 765 claims. Pandemic Extended Unemployment Claims decreased by 6.6 percent from the previous week to 1,159 claims. Read the report here.
Lost Wage Assistance
This week, the Utah Department of Workforce Services began to send the Lost Wage Assistance payments to eligible claimants for the weeks of August 1, 8 and 15. Eligible claimants will receive an additional $300 for each of these weeks. Learn more about the Lost Wages Assistance program here.
The Utah Health and Economic Recovery (Hero) Project released their phase one findings after collecting data from 8,500 Utahns aged 12 and older from Davis, Salt Lake, Summit and Utah counties. The main findings from phase one of the study are included below:
An estimated .96 percent of the population has COVID-19 antibodies, meaning 1 in 100 residents showed evidence of prior infection.
For every case that was detected, approximately another 2.4 cases were not detected, suggesting that COVID-19 testing was comparatively comprehensive during the early months of the health crisis.
Roughly 30 percent of participants who had COVID-19 antibodies reported having a prior positive COVID-19 test, indicating more people have had COVID-19 infection than clinical diagnosis, contact tracing and screening indicate.
Utah's infection fatality rate was approximately .29 percent, and the case fatality rate was approximately 0 percent in Utah.
When one member of a household has antibodies, the proportion of other household members getting COVID-19 was 12.4 percent.
The above findings largely reflect infections that occurred up until the beginning of June. Read the full report here.
REAL ID Cards
The Department of Homeland Security announced that all 50 states are now in full compliance issuing REAL ID cards. All Utahns are encouraged to obtain a REAL ID card by the October 1, 2021 deadline. Learn more here.
Next week is September interim. Due to COVID-19 health concerns, the Legislature will continue to hold interim committee meetings electronically and will take public comments remotely. However, a new process for public comment has been set in place. Members of the public may join the electronic meeting and watch committee meetings live. Learn more about the new process here, and a step by step guide can be found here.
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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.
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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