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The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a tremendous toll on individuals, families, communities, and businesses. Economic activity and health outcomes are tightly connected. Economies thrive when people feel and are safe. One of the simplest ways to protect lives and livelihoods is by wearing a face mask. Nearly all reputable medical and scientific organizations agree that masks are an effective way …

Impact of Masks on the Economy

During Governor Herbert’s Monday briefing, Taylor Randall from the University of Utah’s Eccles School of Business spoke to the media about a recent study conducted exploring the impact of mask mandates on the economy. The results of the study indicated that mask requirements can increase consumer confidence, which can lead to higher economic activity. Click here to access a summary …

Gov. Gary Herbert declares state of emergency for hospital overcrowding, case surge

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.

The situation is dire and unsustainable. We must take action now to protect our hospitals and healthcare workers and to avoid further devastation on our families, communities, and businesses.

Gov. Herbert Statement on Friday COVID-19 Case Count

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Gov. Gary R. Herbert released a statement regarding Friday’s COVID-19 case numbers, saying in part,
“The numbers being reported today are exactly what we’ve been warning Utah residents about for weeks. They are why we’ve implored Utahns to adopt the behaviors that could have prevented us from reaching this point.

Utah will deploy a single Wireless Emergency Alert statewide due to rising case counts

Utah reported record case counts for COVID-19 today. Despite the ongoing pandemic, there are a number of people who are not aware of the dire situation we find ourselves in. Today, we will issue a single Wireless Emergency Alert statewide as a brief interruption to make sure nearly everyone is aware of the serious nature of the pandemic. The alert …

Safe Halloween Recommendations

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The Utah Department of Health (UDOH) wants everyone to have a great holiday season. If you are planning Halloween or other holiday activities, we have some tips and recommendations from our partners at Intermountain Healthcare and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to keep you and your family safe while having fun.

Governor Herbert Renews State of Emergency

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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 Emergency, the governor will only …