Utah’s COVID-19 case rates drop more than 40% as omicron wave subsides

Gov. Cox announces Utah’s Adopt-A-School program

SALT LAKE CITY (Feb. 23, 2022) — Gov. Spencer J. Cox and Expertise Prepared Utah, in partnership with the Utah State Board of Schooling, are happy to announce the launch of the Utah Undertake-A-Faculty program. Right this moment, the governor issued an invite to Utah companies to assist assist Utah’s Ok-12 faculties and supply entry to new alternatives for Utah college students.

Utah’s statewide Undertake-A-Faculty initiative, one of many first of its type within the nation, will join companies with faculties the place objectives, sources, and wishes align. This revolutionary, collaborative partnership will help in connecting corporations, with sources like volunteer time, gear, or money donations, to native faculties in want of particular assist. The net portal – utahadoptaschool.org – makes it simple to go looking and join, offering a matchmaking service between faculties and companies.

“I consider the first function of training is to assist put together each pupil to appreciate their final potential, in no matter profession or life path they could select,” stated Gov. Cox. “Many companies have an unbelievable want to be concerned and sources accessible to assist our college students and academics. We’re grateful to those that are already doing a lot. And, right now, we’re asking extra Utah companies to become involved — in no matter means they will — so that each Utah pupil can obtain one of the best training and preparation potential.”

With Utah Undertake-A-Faculty, companies have a singular alternative to make the most of Utah’s training system as a software for workforce growth. College students obtain world-class alternatives by way of engagement actions inside and outdoors the classroom to reinforce studying by way of real-world software. Recognized by many names, project-based, work-based, or hands-on studying fosters the event of work-ready {and professional} expertise. It additionally connects younger folks with enterprise professionals who form pupil perceptions and inform future profession choices. 

“Thanks to the numerous Utah companies already engaged in company giving and philanthropic work,” stated Dan Hemmert, government director of the Governor’s Workplace of Financial Alternative. “Efforts on this area present blueprints for others to suppose innovatively about partnering with native Utah faculties. Packages together with Mission Lead the Manner, Jordan PREP in partnership with Advantage Medical, MarketStar’s Pack the Pantry, and SHINE sponsored by Savage Companies signify a small fraction of the affect companies are making within the lives of Utah college students.”

All through the state, there are alternatives for companies to affect the success and progress of scholars, households, and communities by way of volunteerism, mentoring, and donations of meals, shelter, clothes, and extra. As the fundamental wants of younger college students are met, we promote achievement within the classroom and take away boundaries that distract from success. With a collective effort addressing areas of want inside Utah’s faculties, notably in multicultural and rural communities, elevated entry to alternatives change into accessible to all college students.

“Utah has unbelievable educators who dutifully instruct and lead the younger folks of our state. It’s been a privilege for our staff to assist and bolster the necessary work already going down within the classroom,” stated Derek Adams, chief expertise officer of Brainstorm, Inc. “As we glance first to satisfy our training companions the place they’re at, we are able to additional the affect our efforts as enterprise companions have on Utah’s youth, its faculties and communities.”

Companies and faculties enthusiastic about partnering can be taught extra at utahadoptaschool.org. Schooling and trade companions can full a web-based evaluation, which the Expertise Prepared Utah staff will use to convey collectively partnerships the place objectives, wants, and sources align.

The Utah Undertake-A-Faculty program advocates for benchmark packages and fosters a neighborhood round collaboration, sharing experience to encourage impactful partnerships serving college students in each nook of the state. This platform will host references to established packages and frameworks supporting affect for companies trying to have interaction with Utah’s faculties and schoolchildren.

To be taught extra concerning the Utah Undertake-A-Faculty program, an initiative of Expertise Prepared Utah powered by the Governor’s Workplace of Financial Alternative, go to utahadoptaschool.org.

In regards to the Utah Governor’s Workplace of Financial Alternative (Go Utah)

Underneath Gov. Spencer J. Cox’s course, the Utah Governor’s Workplace of Financial Alternative (Go Utah) supplies sources and assist for enterprise creation, progress, and recruitment. It additionally drives elevated tourism, movie manufacturing, outside recreation, and combined martial arts in Utah. Using state sources and personal sector contracts, the workplace administers packages in financial areas that show the best potential for growth and essentially the most alternative for Utahns. Expertise Prepared Utah, an initiative managed by Go Utah, develops trade and training partnerships to assist construct Utah’s workforce. Using state sources and personal sector contracts, Go Utah administers packages in financial areas that show the best potential for growth and essentially the most alternative for Utahns. Study extra at enterprise.utah.gov or by calling (801) 538-8680.

Obtain a replica of this press launch right here.

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What you need to know about Utah’s new ‘Steady State‘ COVID-19 response

This previous week, we introduced that it’s time for Utah’s response to the coronavirus pandemic to shift to higher match the place we’re.

By March 31, our response will transition to what we’re calling a “Regular State.” Some parts of the response will transition to being the duty of our extremely succesful well being care methods. This can enable our public well being system to refocus on issues a public well being system would usually take care of, like illness surveillance, information assortment and reporting, vaccinations, and public consciousness. If we see one other surge, we’ll preserve groups and contracts that enable for ramping again up rapidly if essential.

Right here’s what this implies for you.

COVID-19 testing in Utah

Testing websites throughout the state will shut as we transition away from group websites to well being care settings, personal suppliers — for occasions and journey — and at-home testing.

We nonetheless suggest sure folks search testing, together with older folks with high-risk circumstances, weak populations and people who work with them and people who typically go to weak folks. These Utahns ought to search testing via their well being care supplier.

Well being care and therapy of COVID-19 in Utah

Just like testing, well being care and coverings will develop into extra absolutely primarily based within the well being care system. Monoclonal antibody therapies can be found in hospitals and pressing cares statewide. Well being care suppliers throughout the state at the moment are in a position to prescribe oral antivirals.

State contracts for COVID constructive long-term care amenities are drawing to an in depth and we’re demobilizing UDOH therapy websites. Public well being will, nonetheless, proceed to assist navigating weak populations to care.

COVID-19 information reporting in Utah

Utah will proceed to supply public info, however much less typically. We might be lowering dashboard replace frequency from every day to weekly.

We all know this isn’t over and can proceed watching the info intently, monitoring wastewater, clinic and ER visits, hospitalizations, and deaths. We’re additionally maintaining a tally of new variants or any enhance in circumstances and can ramp again up if wanted.

COVID-19 vaccines in Utah

Vaccines have been and would be the surest manner out of the pandemic. This administration is devoted to getting vaccines to as many individuals as potential. 

That features vaccinations for youngsters youthful than 5 as quickly as they’re licensed. We’ve made nice strides in making ready for this: At the very least 79% of the state’s well being care suppliers who take part within the Vaccines for Youngsters program are additionally now enrolled to manage COVID vaccines. We are going to proceed to work with the remaining 21% of suppliers to persuade them to supply COVID vaccines to their sufferers as properly.

We all know that vaccination stays one of the simplest ways to guard your self from the coronavirus. Please assist out our group by getting vaccinated at the moment!

Transferring ahead

This isn’t the “finish” of the pandemic. We’re nonetheless maintaining a tally of the longer term and are able to ramp again up if essential. However we’ve made nice strides in preventing the pandemic:

Prior to now two years, we’ve 

  • introduced an extra 917,000+ circumstances.
  • processed greater than 9.1 million exams.
  • administered greater than 4.9 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines.
  • closed colleges, and safely re-opened them.

The entire key metrics are shifting in the appropriate route. Vaccines are broadly obtainable and hopefully quickly everybody older than six months might be eligible to obtain the vaccine. Remedies are extra broadly obtainable, and provides are bettering each week. Testing is obtainable within the consolation of your personal house! Hospitals and ICUs — and the well being care staff who employees them — are nonetheless at excessive ranges, as they path behind different indicators, however they too are lastly beginning to see some reduction.

As all the time, you’ll find coronavirus info at coronavirus.utah.gov and well being.utah.gov.

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Snow is ending, but when will Utah’s temperatures get back to normal?

It’ll be frigid for a couple of days — about 20 levels under regular.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Salt Lake Metropolis coated in contemporary snow on Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021. Extra snow is anticipated in Utah on Wednesday, and chilly temperatures will linger via the tip of the week.

Winter climate and wind advisories throughout Utah are scheduled to run out on Wednesday, however unseasonably chilly temperatures will proceed for a number of days — about 20 levels under regular —  in response to the Nationwide Climate Service.

Salt Lake, Utah, Davis, Weber and Tooele counties might all see an inch or two extra snow in the course of the day and winter driving situations are potential, however the snow will taper off and winter climate advisories expire at 5 p.m. Thursday will probably be cloudy and there’s a slight likelihood of a bit extra snow on Thursday evening, however the solar will return on Friday and stick round at the very least via Tuesday.

A excessive wind warning throughout a lot of the world expired at 7 a.m. and was changed with a excessive wind advisory, which expires at 10 a.m. Till then, 20 to 35 mph winds with gusts as much as 50 mph are potential,  particularly close to Farmington, Ogden, and Weber Canyons.

In a single day, wind gusts as much as 76 mph have been recorded in Davis County, 60 mph at Hill Air Pressure Base, 55 mph in Sugar Home, 50 mph in Ogden, and 45 mph in downtown Salt Lake Metropolis.

Temperatures will stay nicely under regular. In Salt Lake Metropolis — the place regular highs are 48-50 right now of 12 months — the forecast requires highs within the higher 20s via Friday, dipping as little as 10 in a single day. It would get again above freezing on Saturday, with a excessive of 37 and a low of 16. However temperatures received’t return to wherever close to regular till Sunday (45), Monday (46) and Tuesday (51).

Farther south, there might be 2-5 inches of snow within the central mountains and Wasatch Plateau/E-book Cliffs, and a inch or two in valleys.

In southern Utah, bands of heavy snow moved via Cedar Metropolis, Zion Nationwide Park, Parowan, Enterprise, Veyo and Pine Valley and thunder was heard in some areas in a single day. Snow started to fall in St. George on Thursday morning, and as much as an inch is anticipated. And it is going to be chilly there, too. Regular highs in St. George are 61-62, however the forecast requires 42 on Wednesday, 45 on Thursday, 48 on Friday and 49 on Saturday, with in a single day lows within the low 20s.

Temperatures will get again to just about regular on Sunday (56), Monday (60) and Tuesday (64).