Our Mission on COVID-19

“Confronting coronavirus requires a bold vision for how we can take actions that benefit all Utahns. As our state continues to put forward an adaptive and innovative response plan that serves as an example to the rest of the nation, I am confident we can make progress. My optimism for Utah’s effective recovery is not rooted in wishful thinking, but rather faith in our people to keep Utah strong.” - Governor Gary R. Herbert

The Story:

During the past several weeks, Utah, the nation, and world have been undergoing a public health crisis. COVID-19, also referred to as “coronavirus,” is a novel strain in the coronavirus family that has spread throughout the global community. Millions of people have been affected by the outbreak, the scale of which has never before been seen in modern times. 

Because this virus is a new strain, most people are not likely to have immunity, and there is no current vaccine. This makes our response to COVID-19 particularly important when compared to other viruses like influenza. Even today, scientists are working to learn more about how the virus spreads and what can be done to contain it. 

As a result of the emergence of COVID-19, many public health experts have called for government-led action to help safeguard the health and well-being of their communities. Across the country, states have implemented various restrictions and guidelines to help protect their constituents.

Here in Utah, we are no exception, and government on all levels has taken data-driven decisive action to mitigate risk. We know firsthand this disease does not respect boundaries or one’s position in life. Too many have lost those they hold dear, and numerous Utahns are struggling economically.

Despite these trying times, we should not lose hope. We can all be inspired by how Utahns have joined together to help their communities. Heroes in healthcare have sacrificed greatly, working tirelessly to care for those in need. Leaders in business have partnered with government and each other to support employees and neighbors in the face of economic peril. The generosity and determination of Utahns to donate, volunteer, and adhere to guidelines has been a source of immense pride. Utah is known around the world for our collaborative spirit and willingness to help, and the actions of our constituents have reinforced this perception.

Though Utah’s response has been received favorably thus far, progress is still needed on our path forward. All of us must take the responsibility to help protect those at high-risk, and help keep our state as one of the most innovative and desirable places to live in the nation. 

During the coming days, we encourage you to frequently visit our coronavirus website for the most current news and updates. Consuming accurate information from reliable sources is an important part of the solution, and we encourage you to share updates and news with your friends and neighbors.

As we continue down the road of economic recovery and take steps toward a new normal, we know that our instinctive desire to lift one another up and lean on our friends will be a source of strength. Governor Herbert is proud of the efforts of Utahns thus far, and is confident we will continue to make progress together as one Utah. 

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State Issues New Public Health Order

SALT LAKE CITY (Nov. 23, 2020) – Today the Utah Department of Health has released a new public health order after the recent one will expire at midnight. The new order will go into effect tomorrow, Nov. 24 and will remain in effect until Dec. 8th unless otherwise modified or amended.   View the full order […]

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Additional Updates Added to the State of Emergency and Public Health Order

SALT LAKE CITY (Nov. 12, 2020) – Today additional updates were added to the State of Emergency and the Public Health order to provide additional clarification.  The revised order clarifies that: Physical child custody exchanges, court-ordered parent time, and at-home child care services (including nannies and babysitters) are permitted; Business services provided at a place […]

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Gov. Herbert Updates State of Emergency and Public Health Order

SALT LAKE CITY (Nov. 9, 2020) – Following last night’s announcements of new restrictions designed to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Utah, Gov. Gary R. Herbert and the Utah Department of Health have released updated orders which clarify several points of confusion.  Under the new orders:  Bars and restaurants may not serve alcohol after […]

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Governor Declares New State of Emergency to Address Hospital Overcrowding, Case Surge

SALT LAKE CITY (Nov. 8, 2020) – Following weeks of continued stress on Utah’s hospital networks due to a rise in cases of COVID-19, Gov. Gary R. Herbert has declared a new State of Emergency to address hospital overcrowding.  Pursuant to the State of Emergency, the governor and Utah Department of Health have issued concurrent […]

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Governor Announces Utah’s COVID-19 Transmission Index: A New Paradigm in COVID Guidance

Yesterday, Governor Herbert was joined by Director Richard Saunders and Dr. Angela Dunn of the Utah Department of Health to unveil the state’s new response plan to the coronavirus pandemic. This novel framework arrives during a time when the state has seen spiking case counts across the board.  Though Utah fared well during the initial […]

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Governor Announces Small Business Grant

During the governor’s weekly press briefing this morning, Governor Herbert announced the launch of a new $2 million “Small Business Quarantined Employee Grant” for small businesses in Utah. The grant was created using federal CARES Act funding as a way to provide an important lifeline to Utah’s many small businesses who may be experiencing payroll […]

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