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Utah News About COVID-19

June 9, 2020
Request for Proposals – CARES Act Funding in Support of COVID-19 Treatments

Contact: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 9, 2020 The Utah Legislature has set aside $2M of CARES Act funding to support efforts focused on partnerships with companies developing treatments for COVID-19 antiviral development, and has charged the University of Utah with evaluating and prioritizing Utah projects for funding.  Public and private Utah entities developing therapeutics […]

May 28, 2020
Governor Issues Executive Order Releasing Updated Guidelines for Low-Risk Phase in the Utah Leads Together Plan

SALT LAKE CITY (May 27, 2020) – Gov. Gary R. Herbert has issued an Executive Order updating guidelines for areas in low health risk designation under Utah’s phased health guidance plan. The order specifically addresses updated guidelines pertaining to social gatherings, education, businesses, travel and events. “We are making progress and we can see that […]

May 22, 2020
Grants Still Available for the Utah Commercial Real Estate Assistance Program

On May 11, 2020, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) began accepting applications for the Utah Commercial Real Estate Assistance Program, to provide rental relief to small businesses that have lost revenue as a result of COVID-19 mitigation efforts. The program, with $40 million in funds, has received 2,700 applications to date, totaling just […]

May 15, 2020
Governor Herbert Says Most of Utah Will Move from “Orange” to “Yellow” This Weekend

Governor Herbert announced at a press conference on Thursday that most of Utah will move from the moderate-risk phase (orange), to low-risk phase (yellow) this weekend. Grand, Summit and Wasatch counties, as well as Salt Lake City and West Valley City, however, will remain under moderate-risk guidelines. Salt Lake City Airport will also remain in […]

May 13, 2020
Governor Issues Executive Order Clarifying Recommendations for Moderate and Low-Risk Phases

New Guidance Applies to Social Gatherings, Outdoor Recreational Activities, Gyms, and Personal Care Services SALT LAKE CITY (May 6, 2020) – Gov. Gary R. Herbert has issued an Executive Order clarifying guidelines in the moderate- and low-risk phases of the Utah Leads Together plan.  The order specifically addresses guidelines pertaining to social gatherings, outdoor recreation, […]

May 13, 2020
PPE Push Pack Program Launched to Help Small Businesses Jump Start COVID-19 Transition

SALT LAKE CITY (May 5, 2020) – Gov. Gary R. Herbert today announced the launch of the “PPE Push Pack” program to support small businesses in the transition to “moderate risk” COVID-19 protocols. Through a public/private partnership, the program provides a free, one-week supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) to sole proprietors and businesses with […]

May 8, 2020
Utah COVID-19 Commercial Rental Assistance Program

Governor Gary Herbert has launched a COVID-19 Commercial Rental Assistance Program which grants $40 million in rental relief to Utah small businesses that have lost revenue as a result of measures taken during the pandemic to minimize the public’s exposure to COVID-19. The program will fund up to a month of rent for affected companies […]

May 7, 2020
Where to Find Economic Resources – PPP Update

Economic Resources: To help Utah companies identify resources to respond to the economic impact of COVID-19, the Utah Economic Response Task Force has created a tool that will help you determine the optimal federal, state, and local resources for your business.  Economic Resource FinderFor information on federal resources click here. Utah PPP Update: The second […]

May 1, 2020
State Legislature Wraps Up Special Sessions

Last week, the Utah State Legislature wrapped up three special sessions in which lawmakers passed a number of bills to respond to the COVID-19 crisis, including measures to expand unemployment benefits and to provide immunity from coronavirus claims for business operators. Another special session will be held, likely in May, to consider adjustments to the […]

April 30, 2020
Gov. Herbert Issues Executive Order Placing Utah Under “Moderate Risk” Protocols for COVID-19

SALT LAKE CITY (April 29, 2020) – Gov. Gary R. Herbert issued an Executive Order that formally places the state of Utah under “moderate risk” protocols for COVID-19 beginning on May 1, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. Detailed guidelines are provided in the updated Utah Leads Together Plan, and apply to individuals and businesses. “We aren’t […]

April 27, 2020

On April 22, Governor Herbert announced a new mobile platform that will provide COVID-19 symptom tracking, connects users with testing, and augment current contact tracing mechanisms. In releasing the app, the Governor said, “the more Utahns choose to use this application, the more clearly our public health teams will be able to see exactly where, […]

April 23, 2020
State of Utah Releases “Healthy Together” Beta App

New Mobile Platform Provides Symptom Tracking, Connects Users with Testing, and Helps Public Health Trace Spread of COVID-19 SALT LAKE CITY (April 22, 2020) – Today, Gov. Herbert announced the public beta testing phase for Healthy Together, a symptom checking mobile application that helps augment current contact tracing efforts. The app is designed to help […]

April 17, 2020
COVID-19 Updates From GOED

  An initiative is underway in Utah to dramatically increase the rate of COVID-19 testing. The push is for Utahns to have better access to testing to help stem the spread of the coronavirus. The TestUtah initiative is sponsored by Silicon Slopes in partnership with state leaders and private corporations. Its goal is to get the message out […]

April 10, 2020
Special Session Expected for State Legislature, BioUtah Pushes For First-Week Unemployment Benefits

The Utah State Legislature is expected to convene next week to address a number of issues related to the devastating health and economic impacts of COVID-19. Fox13now reported that state lawmakers could consider a host of proposals via online voting. One item of particular interest to employers is lifting the one-week delay in unemployment compensation. […]

April 10, 2020
Governor Issues Executive Order on Inbound Travel

SALT LAKE CITY (April 9, 2020) – Gov. Herbert has issued an Executive Order establishing a requirement for individuals entering Utah to complete a travel declaration form. The Utah Department of Transportation will collect this information in an electronic form individuals will receive via text message upon entering the state. The order requires every individual […]