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Coronavirus in Utah: Latest COVID-19 Updates Thursday April 16

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Posted at 5:45 AM, Apr 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-17 07:45:53-04

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THURSDAY APRIL 16

5:59 PM - The Utah Highway Patrol will now wear masks on the job to abide with health official recommendations.

5:34 PM - Gov. Herbert's office response to the White House's multi-phase plan to reopen the economy:

“Gov. Herbert has been communicating regularly with the National Governors Association, and the Administration throughout Utah’s Coronavirus response. He will continue to do so as he works with state, community, and legislative leaders to guide Utah through this pandemic.”

4:34 PM - President Donald Trump and the White House announced a three phase plan to reopen the economy.

2:10 PM - Utah Senator Mike Lee named to President Trump’s Congressional Economic Task Force. Utah's Junior Senator Mitt Romney was the only GOP Senator to be left off the task force.

1:30 PM - Utah's latest coronavirus numbers: 21 deaths, 2,683 confirmed cases, 238 hospitalizations, 49,678 tested.

1:15 PM - Utah Senator Mike Lee named to President Trump's group which will study when and how to open up the economy.

12:55 PM - The Granite School District shares the superintendent's thank you to the office professionals.

10:00 AM - PRESS RELEASE:

Salt Lake City distributes nearly $1,000,000 to local businesses through Emergency Loan Program

SALT LAKE CITY - 52 Salt Lake City businesses have been selected to receive immediate funding through Salt Lake City’s Emergency Loan Program to offset revenue losses during the COVID-19 crisis.

Applicants were awarded funding in two rounds, with nearly $500,000 in total being allocated to 26 businesses in each round.

“We know there are many businesses hurting right now and I want them to know we’re here for them,” Mayor Mendenhall said. “One of our highest priorities during this crisis is helping to minimize the impact to our local business community.”

In all, 727 businesses applied for the loan with a total request of nearly $13,000,000.

The businesses which received loan approval were among the most deeply impacted by the COVID-19 crisis in Salt Lake City and were evaluated by business type, financial need, narrative, proposed use of funds and credit score.

9:00 AM - NEW UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS:

"The number of new claims filed for unemployment benefits in Utah was 24,171 for the week of April 5 to April 11, 2020. Part of the Unemployment Insurance system is filing a weekly claim, there were 74,441 weekly claims filed during that same week. A total of $11,661,720 was paid in traditional unemployment benefits reflecting payments going out and claims being processed in the midst of a record volume. This was the first week of the CARES Act $600 weekly stimulus being available. An additional $6,445,260 of this stimulus was paid out to claimants, for a total of $18,106,980 in unemployment benefits for the week." Source: Utah Department of Workforce Services

7:15 AM - The Iron County School District shares a message of hope from the Cedar High School Mental Health Club.

6:50 AM - Heber City Police give a shout out to an 8-year-old boy on his birthday.

5:50 AM -Latest Utah numbers: 2,542 confirmed cases, 20 deaths, 221 hospitalizations, 47,614 people tested. Updated numbers around noon.

5:45 AM - Latest US numbers: 644,188 confirmed cases, 28,579 deaths.

5:40 AM - Latest world numbers : 2,076,015 confirmed cases, 138,008 deaths.