Utah COVID-19 recovery plan touts local support
Governor Gary Herbert’s recovery plan to ease the economic consequences of COVID-19 in Utah calls for three different phases he hopes will quickly put the state back on sound footing in roughly 36 months.
“Our highest priority is the health and welfare of Utahns,” said Herbert this week while unveiling his “Utah Leads Together” plan. “We must protect against the devastating health effects of COVID-19 and provide the best care possible for those who contract the virus. At the same time, we must protect and provide concrete practices and policies to those impacted by the economic consequences the virus has created.”
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Herbert appointed Salt Lake Chamber president and CEO Derek Miller to chair the Utah Economic Response Task Force, which in turn brought together business, government and community leaders throughout the state to create the recovery plan.
The plan outlines three phases as part of the recovery process:
- Urgent Phase: A coordinated public health response coupled with historic economic stimulus from federal, state and local governments. The estimated duration is tentatively estimated to be eight to 12 weeks with the measure of challenge being job losses.
- Stabilization Phase: Public health measures and economic interventions begin to take effect. The estimated time frame is 14 weeks and the primary measure is job stabilization.
- Recovery Phase: Return to stability and positive job growth. This phase relies on successes in the prior phases and is estimated at eight to 10 weeks in duration.
The report says local support is crucial to the service industry as it is one of the hardest hit during the COVID-19 spread. The report points out that many stores are offering Senior and Immunocompromised store hours to help those vulnerable populations.
Scientists are the University of Utah, meanwhile, were awarded a national grant to study how environmental conditions may affect the virus, the report said. The testing is important as hopes of a summer thaw on virus spread is yet to be determined.