Utah Governor Spencer Cox will address the state during his monthly press conference.
He is expected to discuss the current COVID-19 trends across Utah as well as several other issues currently impacting the state.
The latest data from the Utah Department of Health indicate that despite the 7-day rolling average of positive case counts dropping, Utah is still amid a surge of coronavirus cases. On Wednesday, another 15 people succumbed to the virus, pushing the state’s total number of COVID-19 deaths to 3,688. The newly discovered omicron variant was first found in a Utah on Friday, Dec. 3. This news comes as the rapidly spreading delta variant continues as the dominant strain in the state.
Utah saw its first big snowstorm of the season Tuesday through Wednesday. The Salt Lake Valley saw anywhere from six to 15 inches of new snow. This caused major backups and several crashes on roadways, however, the new snow continued to help Utah’s drought situation by creating more snowpack. The Beehive State has experienced a dry stretch for much of the cold season.
Salt Lake City recently revealed that the city has submitted its bid to host the 2024 Republican National Convention. Mike Deaver, senior vice president of Strategies 360 – which has been spearheading the bid effort with Visit Salt Lake – confirmed the application was hand-delivered last Wednesday to the Republican National Committee. This is the third time Utah’s capital city has tried to host the GOP convention. Previous efforts to host the 2012 and 2016 conventions failed.