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Tuesday evening, December 22, 2020

State

Utah COVID-19 Update

Utah health officials announced 2,302 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday. Vaccine distribution continues to get underway, as more than 8,500 doses have already been administered. The state has received 25,000 so far. Officials reported 12 more people have died from the disease — four were younger than 65. There are currently 544 people hospitalized due to COVID-19. — Ross Terrell

Utah’s Congressional Delegation Reacts To Federal Relief Package

Utah’s Congressional delegation had mixed reactions and votes on the latest COVID-19 relief package. Sen. Mitt Romney, R-UT, and Rep. Ben McAdams, D-UT, both voted to pass the bill. In a statement, McAdams said the legislation wasn’t perfect, but it was sorely needed. Republicans Mike Lee, Chris Stewart and John Curtis all voted against it. Lee and Curtis both cited the length of the bill as their reason why. It came in at more than 5,000 pages, which they said they didn’t have time to review. Stewart said on Twitter he couldn’t support such a large spending bill with the U.S. debt exceeding $27 trillion. Rep. Rob Bishop, R-UT, who is retiring at the end of this session, was absent from the vote. President Trump is expected to sign the bill in the near future. — Caroline Ballard

Northern Utah

VA Medical Center Receives First Vaccine Shipment

The VA Medical Center in Salt Lake City got its first shipment of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday. The 2,200 doses will go first to frontline health care workers, but high-risk veterans are
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