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 listing 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 in keeping with Henderson nonetheless the deal with testing websites will reduce as Utah strikes towards a much less covid centered future.

“I feel it is vital for all of us to reset our thoughts about how we’ll 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 instances happening, however how we’re capturing instances has actually modified. And so, we have to take a look at it otherwise.”

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 hold its contracts with vaccine and testing distributors in case there may be one other surge in instances. The Utah Division of Well being will reduce on covid reporting and return to weekly updates on numbers as a substitute of every day.  

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

What you need to know about Utah’s new ‘Steady State‘ COVID-19 response

This previous week, we introduced that it’s time for Utah’s response to the coronavirus pandemic to shift to higher match the place we’re.

By March 31, our response will transition to what we’re calling a “Regular State.” Some components of the response will transition to being the duty of our extremely succesful well being care methods. It will enable our public well being system to refocus on issues a public well being system would usually take care of, like illness surveillance, information assortment and reporting, vaccinations, and public consciousness. If we see one other surge, we are going to preserve groups and contracts that enable for ramping again up shortly if essential.

Right here’s what this implies for you.

COVID-19 testing in Utah

Testing websites throughout the state will shut as we transition away from neighborhood websites to well being care settings, personal suppliers — for occasions and journey — and at-home testing.

We nonetheless suggest sure individuals search testing, together with older individuals with high-risk circumstances, weak populations and those that work with them and those that typically go to weak individuals. These Utahns ought to search testing by means of their well being care supplier.

Well being care and remedy of COVID-19 in Utah

Much like testing, well being care and coverings will grow to be extra totally primarily based within the well being care system. Monoclonal antibody remedies can be found in hospitals and pressing cares statewide. Well being care suppliers throughout the state at the moment are in a position to prescribe oral antivirals.

State contracts for COVID optimistic long-term care services are drawing to a detailed and we’re demobilizing UDOH remedy websites. Public well being will, nevertheless, proceed to assist navigating weak populations to care.

COVID-19 information reporting in Utah

Utah will proceed to supply public info, however much less typically. We will likely be lowering dashboard replace frequency from each day to weekly.

We all know this isn’t over and can proceed watching the information carefully, monitoring wastewater, clinic and ER visits, hospitalizations, and deaths. We’re additionally keeping track of new variants or any improve in instances and can ramp again up if wanted.

COVID-19 vaccines in Utah

Vaccines have been and would be the surest means out of the pandemic. This administration is devoted to getting vaccines to as many individuals as doable. 

That features vaccinations for kids youthful than 5 as quickly as they’re approved. We’ve made nice strides in making ready for this: At the least 79% of the state’s well being care suppliers who take part within the Vaccines for Kids program are additionally now enrolled to manage COVID vaccines. We’ll proceed to work with the remaining 21% of suppliers to persuade them to supply COVID vaccines to their sufferers as nicely.

We all know that vaccination stays the easiest way to guard your self from the coronavirus. Please assist out our neighborhood by getting vaccinated immediately!

Shifting ahead

This isn’t the “finish” of the pandemic. We’re nonetheless keeping track of the longer term and are able to ramp again up if essential. However we’ve made nice strides in combating the pandemic:

Previously two years, we’ve 

  • introduced an extra 917,000+ instances.
  • processed greater than 9.1 million checks.
  • administered greater than 4.9 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines.
  • closed colleges, and safely re-opened them.

All the key metrics are transferring in the correct course. Vaccines are extensively obtainable and hopefully quickly everybody older than six months will likely be eligible to obtain the vaccine. Remedies are extra extensively obtainable, and provides are enhancing each week. Testing is accessible within the consolation of your personal dwelling! Hospitals and ICUs — and the well being care employees who workers them — are nonetheless at excessive ranges, as they path behind different indicators, however they too are lastly beginning to see some aid.

As at all times, you’ll find coronavirus info at coronavirus.utah.gov and well being.utah.gov.