‘We need leadership’: Jan Garbett shares her thoughts on COVID-19 pandemic


SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) The race for Utah’s next governor is unfolding amidst the coronavirus outbreak. ABC4 News Senior Political Correspondent Glen Mills checks in with the candidates to get their thoughts on the COVID-19 pandemic and moving forward.

Gubernatorial candidate Jan Garbett said the government has failed Utahns. She claimed there is a Utah company that has the capacity to test tens of thousands of samples per day but it is not being utilized.

Garbett said the state must increase its testing capabilities.

“We got to get those tests in place. We’re not going to know when to come out of quarantine unless we have sufficient testing, unless we have sufficient case management… to let us know it’s safe to back to school—to go back to work,” said Garbett.

In regard to jump starting the ailing economy, Garbett went on to suggest starting road and building projects to get people back to work immediately. She said inviting the outdoor industry back to the state would infuse millions of dollars into the service industry.


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Glen Mills

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For this Beetdigger and Ute it’s an honor to be doing what he loves in his home state! Glen is an award-winning journalist, who joined the ABC4 News team in June 2013. You can catch him anchoring ABC4 News at 5 and 6, Monday through Friday. He also serves as our Senior Political Correspondent, keeping you up to date on issues that impact your life at the city, state and national level. His political reports run throughout the week, and he hosts Inside Utah Politics, Sunday mornings at 8. The Utah Headliners Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has recognized Glen as the best government and military television reporter in the state. Before returning home to Utah, he spent 11 1/2 years developing his journalism skills in other states. He held various on-air and management positions at KPVI in Pocatello, Idaho, WGBA in Green Bay, Wisconsin and KKCO in Grand Junction, Colorado during that time. Read More...