iSALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – Governor Herbert held his monthly news conference addressing what is happening in our state. Top on his mind is the surge of COVID-19 Utah is experiencing in September.
The Governor hit on the high and low points of the pandemic, he touched on what we’ve done well, and some of the places we need to improve.
He said Utah is reporting 1,198 cases on Thursday which is another high day.
He spoke about the economy, and how Utah’s 4.1% unemployment rate is one of the best of the country. He pointed out where the economy is doing well, citing the job increase at Northrop Gruman.
But there are also hard hit industries like hospitality that are experiencing a 17% decline.
He said they are trying to achieve a balance between protecting people’s health and keeping the economy going.
The Governor spoke about schools, and how the teachers, faculty, and administrators can be some of the most vulnerable people to the virus. He said, “I know we have to make sure we are more consistent, part of the concerns I hear from the teachers is we had rules in place that have not always been followed as we understood them to be.”
“I’ve met with the teachers association yesterday talking about their concerns, if we need to modify the plan that has been developed by a set of values and guidelines, coming from our health department and experts in medical and science, if there are areas that need to be modified in the plan to make it more consistent enforceable, that’s under consideration right now.
“This has been kind of a learn as you go experience. “We have learned, we’ve improved and we’re getting better.
You can watch the entire press conference above