Utah Gov. Cox proposes move to “steady state” model on COVID-19

Governor Spencer Cox and Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson addressed the Utah covid disaster on Friday and introduced a state plan to transition right into a “regular state mannequin”.

The transfer means Utah will quickly be a part of the rising record of states transitioning away from treating the coronavirus pandemic as a public well being disaster and as a substitute shift to a coverage centered on prevention, Cox mentioned throughout a press convention.

Vaccines are nonetheless extremely inspired, and the vaccine administration will proceed based on Henderson nevertheless the give attention to testing websites will reduce as Utah strikes towards a much less covid centered future.

“I feel it is necessary for all of us to reset our thoughts about how we will take a look at issues as we go ahead as a result of issues are altering,” mentioned Dr. Michelle Hoffman from the Utah Division of Well being. “Not solely are circumstances happening, however how we’re capturing circumstances has actually modified. And so, we have to take a look at it another way.”

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox spoke at the Utah Legislature for the annual State of the State speech and highlighted what issues he wants the state to focus on. Jan. 20, 2022

The state will preserve its contracts with vaccine and testing distributors in case there may be one other surge in circumstances. The Utah Division of Well being will in the reduction of on covid reporting and return to weekly updates on numbers as a substitute of each day.  

“I feel it is necessary to notice that once more, we’ve to have the ability to ramp down and that is what we’re doing. And I wish to simply reemphasize that is we’re trending in direction of March 31, the tip of March. So, this can be a six-week ramp down,” Cox mentioned.

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