Governor Herbert Renews State of Emergency

Governor also issues brief renewals of several suspended statutes  SALT LAKE CITY (Sept. 19, 2020) — With COVID-19 cases hitting record highs yesterday Gov. Gary R. Herbert has issued an Executive Order that will again place Utah under a State of Emergency. The previous order was scheduled to expire today.  Under the new State of […]

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Five Things To Know About Utah’s COVID-19 Testing

The information in this post was adapted from coronavirus.utah.gov. For more information on testing, including testing locations, visit here.  Responding to the novel coronavirus has required Utahns to stay up to date with constantly evolving information. The fluid nature of the pandemic has generated many questions about key areas of our response.  In order to […]

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Governor Issues Executive Order Lowering Restrictions in Box Elder and Carbon Counties

SALT LAKE CITY (Sept. 11, 2020) – In close consultation with local health authorities and with the Utah Department of Health, Gov. Gary R. Herbert has issued an Executive Order moving Box Elder County and Carbon County to the Minimal Level of Restriction Status, or Green. View the full order here.  # # # 

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Governor Issues Executive Orders

 Orders Lower Restrictions in Salt Lake and Sevier Counties, Extend Requirements for Face Coverings in State Facilities  SALT LAKE CITY (September 4, 2020) – In close consultation with local health authorities and with the Utah Department of Health, Gov. Gary R. Herbert has issued an Executive Order moving Salt Lake City to the Low Level […]

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Protecting Lives and Livelihoods During COVID-19

The oft-repeated mantra of Utah state government during this pandemic revolves around “protecting lives and livelihoods.” Utahns will have undoubtedly heard some iteration of this phrase spoken in press conferences, included in data releases, and posted across social media. But what does it actually mean?  As the state works to limit the spread of coronavirus, […]

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Why Utah Remains in a State of Emergency

The information in this post was adapted from coronavirus.utah.gov. Over the past 170 days, Utah has been under a state of emergency due to the coronavirus. Governor Herbert first issued an executive order placing the state under this status on March 6. The last state of emergency expired on August 20, and as a result, […]

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Governor Herbert Reissues Seven Executive Orders

SALT LAKE CITY (August 20, 2020) – Today, Gov. Gary R. Herbert has issued seven Executive Orders. All the executive orders that were issued today replace orders that will expire when the current state of emergency expires at midnight tonight. The executive orders include:  Executive Order 2020-51, Declaring a State of Emergency Due to the […]

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Hospitals are Open and Safe to Use

The coronavirus pandemic has come with its fair share of startling statistics and data—some expected and some unexpected. Managing the response to the virus has been a complex web of decisions on how to most effectively and efficiently respond to these trends. One of the more concerning data points surrounds the decline of hospital visits […]

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Governor Issues Executive Order Adopting Updated Phased Guidelines

SALT LAKE CITY (August 14, 2020) – Gov. Gary R. Herbert has issued an Executive Order adopting version 4.10 of the Phased Guidelines. The updates primarily change terminology from “risk levels” to “levels of restriction.” Other changes indicate that political subdivisions may adopt mask mandates without prior approval from the Utah Department of Health. The […]

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The Safety and Efficacy of Masks

With fall approaching, Utahns will be presented with the opportunity to further reduce the spread of COVID-19 and hasten our return to normal. As summer ends, many will be heading back to resume school and may experience increased interaction with others.  As a result, if we are to continue making progress in a return to […]

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