SALT LAKE TOWN, Utah – Public health contracts in Utah for COVID-19 have been terminated after the state meets all the criteria established under the “final game bill” passed by the legislature, according to Utah Department of Health officials.
UDOH said the Utah legislature was notified of the achievement on Tuesday afternoon.
Utah has met the requirements to terminate public health procurement for COVID-19. Remember that masks are still required for K-12 schools until 6/1 or until the end of the school year, whichever comes first.
Also, businesses may still need masks and other health and safety measures. https://t.co/e07rk0Gp6W
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The thresholds to be met under Parliament’s Bill 294 were:
- 14-day incidence of less than 191 per 100,000 people (currently 163.4)
- Average 7-day ICU use of COVID-19 less than 15% (currently 11.2%)
- More than 1,633,000 primary doses of COVID-19 vaccine distributed to the state (1,566,025)
“I understand that HB294 is controversial. Important, legitimate arguments were presented on all sides of the issue. But today must give us all a reason to celebrate. “No matter which side someone falls on, we can all be proud of the results we have achieved so far,” wrote Rich Saunders, CEO of UDOH, in a letter to the Utah legislature.
Most public health contracts will end, according to the UDOH, but HB294 allows them to continue orders at K-12 schools, which include wearing face masks.
The State Department of Health issued a state public health order 2021-11 on Tuesday, which requires “continuous, routine testing of participants in high school sports and other extracurricular activities, and also requires that facecloths be worn in K-12 schools. “.
UDOH officials said the order would expire on the last day of the 2020-21 school year or June 15, whichever comes first.
“It’s important that we don’t give up on the accumulated foundation, especially in our schools,” Saunders said. “We ask teachers, administrators, parents and students to pray that they stay there and end the year healthily.”