SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – Mayor Jenny Wilson gave a six-month report on Salt Lake County’s COVID-19 response with a look back and a look forward since the pandemic began.
Mayor Wilson pointed out that health and consumer confidence are critical to the county’s recovery. She said by increasing the number of testing sites in high risk areas, 25% of the county’s population has now been tested.
Mayor Wilson says although tourism has taken a big hit, revenues, sales tax and consumer spending are hanging in there and in some cases actually doing better than last year.
Mayor Wilson said, “The health of our community is our biggest asset, there’s not much that can be done to run our businesses, or succeed in other ways, if we are not a healthy community.
She said they were worried about the rising number of cases. She said they knew getting kids back in school would make an impact on the numbers and they hope to stay on top of it, with parents making the right call and keeping kids away when they’re showing symptoms.
She said the team as a whole is “watching our counts, and seeing what more we can do in terms of interventions and partnerships with the schools.”
It was noted testing went down in August. They are expecting with the rise in cases to see a rise in testing but that has not happened yet.
The did note a larger about of cases in the High School age kids.
The City is making plans for the arrival of a vaccine, as per the CDC notifications, with the first dispersion, going to healthcare, longterm health, and first responders. The current plans for a vaccine for the general population are currently in the first quarter of 2021.