SALT LAKE CITY – Utah Department of Health officials said Wednesday they were working to extend an emergency public health order issued last week by Gov. Gary Herbert. The order restricts social gatherings and requires masks to be worn in the state, among other restrictions designed to slow the spread of COVID-19.
The information was shared during a meeting of the Interim Committee on Health and Humanitarian Services of the Utah Legislature, including presentations by state epidemiologist Dr. Angela Dunn and Health Department Executive Director Rich Saunders.
Dunn opened the briefing by looking at the critical point reached by the Utah coronavirus case numbers. She pointed out intensive care units equipped to work with patients with coronavirus with a capacity of 98%, and the COVID-1
“It’s really a time of high tide, great importance and great urgency to drop the number of cases,” Dunn said.
We try to say out loud that the safest Thanksgiving gathering is one of those you live with in your own home.
– Executive Director of the Utah Department of Health Rich Saunders.
Saunders outlined some guidelines for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. He encouraged Utah to keep their collection a bit and encouraged virtual participation; it also encourages maintaining social distance in seating and wearing a mask when social distancing cannot be observed, tracking attendees for contact tracking and limiting food preparation to one person, with one person serving food. .
“We’re trying to say out loud that the safest Thanksgiving gathering is one of those you live with in your own home,” Saunders said.
If it enters into force, the new public health order is expected to take effect on November 24, after the previous order has expired. Saunders said the new order is likely to include a restriction on social gatherings, extend the term of the mask and no new restrictions on business; bars and restaurants are likely to continue serving alcohol after 22:00
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