Strike Teams Will Help Utah Reopen Safely

May 1, 2020

When the clock strikes midnight on May 1, Utah will begin to transform as it moves from the “red” risk category to the “orange” category of the coronavirus response plan.

Earlier this week Gov. Gary Herbert announced plans to reopen Utah. This includes places such as bars,gyms, and other personal care establishments, however, it does not include church gatherings. Dine inoptions will become available at restaurants. Another change is the governors’ daily briefings will not be happening every week day. Briefings will bethree times a week with Dr. Dunn the state epidemiologist, and other state officials with the governorspeaking at least once a week. In order to ensure the reopening of society runs smoothly, Dr. Dunn said strike teams will be formed toinvestigate community hot spots and outbreaks in long term care facilities. These teams will have mobiletesting teams, investigators to identity the exposure, and support services to help those that need toisolate.