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Governor Cox covers COVID boosters, suicide prevention and redistricting in news conference

Governor Spencer Cox stands at a podium in front of two flags.
Utah Office of the Governor

Governor Cox has announced nearly all Utahns will be eligible for a vaccine booster starting this week.

“Almost all Utahns currently reside in a high transmission County and therefore are at high risk of contracting COVID-19 . . . we are asking all providers to provide boosters to any adult in the state of Utah, who would like to receive a booster . . . into the holiday season, we know that families are going to be together, especially with higher risk grandparents and others, and we want people to be as safe as possible,” Cox said.

In light of Davis County student Isabella Tichenor’s recent suicide, Cox assured Utahns that the state is doing everything it can to address bullying and suicide prevention, but that the DOJ investigation into the suicide has limited coverage on what actions the school district has taken.

“There are some great things happening in the school district,” Cox said. “Even though there's some things that they can't share yet about what they're doing to address the Department of Justice investigation, that they are doing even more than has been broadcast out there, and more will be forthcoming.”

Cox also spoke about his recent signing of a congressional redistricting bill that has drawn ire from some across the state. Cox emphasized that while he’s aware of the backlash, it’s not up to the governor to draw congressional maps.

“The Constitution of the State of Utah says that the legislature draws the maps. It doesn't say the governor draws the maps. It doesn't say any independent redistricting commission draws the maps. It was clear that the redistricting commission all they could do is make suggestions. That's what they did. They made those suggestions. The legislature chose not to follow those recommendations. And, they passed overwhelmingly,” Cox explained.

Aimee Van Tatenhove is a science reporter at UPR. She spends most of her time interviewing people doing interesting research in Utah and writing stories about wildlife, new technologies and local happenings. She is also a PhD student at Utah State University, studying white pelicans in the Great Salt Lake, so she thinks about birds a lot! She also loves fishing, skiing, baking, and gardening when she has a little free time.