Daily News Round Up
July 13, 2021
COVID-19 Cases Continuing To Rise Throughout Utah
(St. George, UT) -- COVID-19 cases keep rising throughout Utah. Yesterday, the state added over 12-hundred new cases to the total, pushing it over 420-thousand. Six new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll, which is at 23-hundred-99.
Governor Apologizes For COVID Data Mix-Up
(St. George, UT) -- Governor Spencer Cox is apologizing after data revealed that the state didn't meet its vaccine goal. Last week, the governor announced that state and federal data showed that Utah technically met its goal to have at least 70-percent of adults partially vaccinated by July 4th. Cox posted a statement on Twitter yesterday, saying they screwed up and a mistake was made in how the state counted federal doses. As of yesterday, about 67-percent of adults in the state have received at least one-dose of the vaccine, not 70-percent. Cox asks Utahns to forgive them and says changes have been made to ensure this doesn't happen again.
St. George Regional Hospital Reporting COVID Surge
(St. George, UT) -- St. George Regional Hospital is seeing a surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations. Officials say over the last two to three weeks, they have seen hospitalizations increase dramatically and a significant number of them are younger. The hospital has over 30 of the reported 220 people hospitalized with the virus in the state. With the rise in cases and hospitalizations, Washington County was moved back into the high-transmission level of the state Department of Health's index. Officials say their staff is tired as seeing patients die from the virus is heartbreaking. They urge Utahns to get vaccinated.