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.