Concealing COVID case counts is reckless, outrageous and dangerous

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Gov. Spencer Cox on the Utah Capitol, Jan. 20, 2022.

Right here’s an attention-grabbing thought from the latest problem of The David Eccles College of Enterprise Journal relating to attitudes about customers in the course of the pandemic: “Our survey outcomes counsel that the common Utahn remains to be aware of case counts and better anticipated COVID-19 case progress is probably going growing uncertainty and dampening spending progress. Moreover, it is very important be aware, that in 2020 People responded extra to case counts than authorities shutdowns.” (Mac Gaulin, et al., “Family Finances Spending,” Vol 14, 2022.)

In different phrases, as COVID case counts enhance, that has a detrimental impact on shopper spending. Amazingly, our state’s response to that is to announce, on Feb. 18, that case counts will now not be supplied to the media for reporting to the individuals of our state. It could appear our state’s leaders consider that, if this very important data is just hid from us, we’ll have extra confidence in our security and thus help the financial system with elevated spending. However is that this confidence justified? Possibly; but in addition perhaps not. We’ll by no means know, as a result of the pertinent knowledge is now not going to be shared with us.

This strategy is — to say the least — reckless, outrageous and harmful. Right here’s hoping Gov. Cox and different State leaders will rethink this problem — with alacrity.

Thomas N. Thompson, Salt Lake Metropolis

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