A high epidemiologist in Utah lately warned of one other “complete shutdown” in the state if the typical variety of new day by day coronavirus instances doesn’t go down.
In a memo supplied to state and native well being officers final Friday, Dr. Angela Dunn, the state epidemiologist, warned that Utahns are “quickly getting to a point where the only viable option to manage spread and deaths will be a complete shutdown,” if day by day new COVID-19 instances don’t attain 200 or beneath by July 1, in accordance with a duplicate of the memo supplied to the Salt Lake Tribune.
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For context, the state reported some 444 new instances on Monday, marking the 26th straight day with greater than 200 newly reported instances, in accordance with the newspaper.
Presently, with the exception of Salt Lake City, almost all of Utah is in “yellow” and “green” phases of reopening; yellow means there’s a low threat of an infection whereas inexperienced represents the “‘new normal” in the state. “Orange” and “red” signify a reasonable threat and excessive threat, respectively. Instances started to surge on Might 27, or about 12 days after the state moved into the yellow part of reopening, stated the memo.
Utah may have to maneuver again to “orange” if the state doesn’t decrease its common variety of new day by day coronavirus instances by subsequent month.
“This might be our last chance for course correction,” the memo reads. “Utahns care about these colors. They change their actions based on them. They are the key messaging tool to the public.”
Well being officers in the memo additionally wrote that shifting again to orange “will send the message to Utahns that this outbreak continues to be a serious problem, and state leadership is committed to saving lives and preventing a complete economic shutdown.”
If state officers don’t cease the easing of restrictions and mandate the usage of face coverings, “we need to be clear with the public about why decisions are being made lessening restrictions,” they wrote, noting it might be for financial causes, not well being ones.
“We have heard from the [Utah Hospital Association, University of Utah Health and Intermountain Healthcare] that hospitals are going to exceed their capacity to care for individuals within the next 4-8 weeks,” they added.
However responding to the memo on Twitter, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert stated he presently “has no plans to shut down Utah’s economy” regardless of the actual fact he “shares many of [Dunn’s] concerns.”
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“Dr. Dunn’s internal memo raises alarm about the increasing COVID-19 cases in Utah. I appreciate her analysis and share many of her concerns. We will work to stem this tide, but I have no plans to shut down Utah’s economy,” the tweet reads.
“I urge Utahns to protect themselves and their loved ones from the spread of the virus by following our common sense guidelines for social distancing, good hand hygiene and especially the use of face coverings. #StayStrongUtah,” he added.
So far, the Beehive State has reported some 18,300 instances of the novel virus and greater than 160 COVID-19 deaths, according to official state estimates.