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saltwn 11-09-2020 10:03 AM

Utah governor declares emergency, issues mask mandate: ‘We cannot afford to debate th
 
Utah governor declares emergency, issues mask mandate: ‘We cannot afford to debate this issue’

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For months, even as coronavirus cases have dramatically risen in his state, Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert (R) has refused to order residents to wear a mask. But on Sunday, after the state’s worst week yet and amid fears that hospitals could soon be overwhelmed, he reversed course.

In a video posted to Twitter late on Sunday — which Utah residents were alerted to watch via an emergency cellphone alert — Herbert also declared a two-week state of emergency and announced a spate of other restrictions aimed to curb infections, which the governor noted are “growing at an alarming rate.”

“Our hospitals are full,” Herbert said in the clip. “This threatens patients who rely on hospital care from everything from covid-19 to emergencies like heart attacks, strokes, surgeries and trauma. We must work together to keep infections low until a vaccine is available.”

The announcement comes as Utah’s rolling seven-day average for new daily coronavirus cases reached a new high for the fifth consecutive day on Sunday and grew by nearly 40 percent in the past week, according to data tracked by The Washington Post. The state reported a record number of 437 virus-related hospitalizations on Sunday. In all, Utah has reported 132,621 cases and 659 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

Coronavirus cases are surging in the United States, with several other states like Minnesota, Wisconsin, Arkansas, the Dakotas and Alaska experiencing record surges in hospitalizations and newly reported infections. Health officials, including the country’s leading infectious-disease expert, Anthony S. Fauci, have warned that hospitals could soon be overwhelmed.

“It’s much more about some of the states like Utah, Nevada, South Dakota, North Dakota, where … they never had a pretty good reserve of intensive care beds and things like that. I hope they’ll be okay, but it’s still a risk that, as you get more surging, they’re going to run out of capacity,” Fauci told The Post in late October.
The governor put up an almost 9 min video seen here:

https://twitter.com/i/status/1325663243545636865


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