COVID-19 Risk Moved to Orange

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Gov. Gary Herbert has announced that Utah will slightly turn the dial from Red (high risk) to Orange (moderate risk) on Friday. The move signals the hopeful beginning of normalcy.

As explained in Utah Leads Together 2.0, this is the beginning of stabilization. The goal of the plan is to manage the risk of COVID-19 to avoid overwhelming the healthcare system and find balance between physical and economic health. 

There are a few small differences between Red and Orange in the plan, with the overall goal to protect high-risk individuals, including those over the age of 65 and those with underlying conditions such as respiratory issues, cardiovascular issues, cancer patients, and diabetes.

As an agency, we should continue to work remotely wherever possible. For anybody who does want to return to an office, please monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and always take extreme caution. If any of our services are opening to the public, please take every precaution possible to protect employees and customers. Everyone should wear masks, including customers, and always practice social distancing.

Also, the Centers for Diseases Control is recommending that groups of more than 20 people should not gather, and groups under 20 should be family or close friends. Social distancing rules still apply and have not changed between red and orange. 

This order will open restaurant dining rooms, salons, and other businesses that can meet the social distancing guidelines and everyone wears a mask.

Overall, the trends are optimistic. Utah is testing more than 5,000 people daily and infection rates are under 5 percent. Hospital beds and resources are not being stretched. 

It was emphasized that this shift to Orange is happening because of the vigilance of Utahns. Everyone needs to continue to wash hands, social distance, and wear masks. The state will continue to adjust the dial based on their data, and local jurisdictions can also make their own adjustments in coordination with state health officials.