Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Happy belated Mother’s Day to all the mothers who deserve much more gratitude than they receive. When times are stressful, it seems like the mothers of the world dig in and work harder to create normalcy and peace in their households.
I’m proud of the citizens of our state and the example they have set for the rest of the country. It hasn’t been perfect, but the state has done a good job of balancing health and economy. It is really easy for us all to criticize the decisions state leaders make from the comfort of our homes. The opinions of a small-business owner suffering under the lockdown may differ from the family of a Covid-19 patient. Both groups have legitimate concerns that need to be taken into account when making decisions that affect us all.
It is gratifying when experts outside of our state recognize Utah’s response to the pandemic. Harvard researchers recently determined that Utah is one of only nine states ready to begin safely opening restrictions. Read about that study here.
Covid-19 Statistics (as of May 11th)
COVID-19 Cases- 6,362
Reported People Tested- 150,585
COVID-19 Hospitalizations- 517
COVID-19 Deaths- 68
Orange Phase Clarifications
As reported last week, Governor Herbert issued an executive order moving the state to the “Moderate Risk” phase. He has since issued executive orders meant to clarify and expand on those orders. These clarifications pertain specifically to social gatherings, outdoor recreation, personal services, gyms, and fitness centers. For more information on the Governor’s clarifications, click here. For Governor Herbert’s updated phase guidelines, click here.
The Pandemic and Mental Health
With all the ways that the pandemic has changed our lives, mental health has become increasingly important. Economic uncertainty, social isolation, and illness added to the stresses of everyday life can make even the most well-adjusted feel hopeless. KSL has compiled a list of resources to help us all maintain a positive mindset. Exercise, fresh air, hobbies, cleaning, and walking the dog can all help us clear our minds and break the monotony. Sometimes, we need more help and it can be difficult to admit to for most people. Professional help is phone or video call away and it can change your life. The University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute has a hotline at (801) 587-3000 for Utahns experiencing a mental health crisis. These specialists provide 24-hour crisis intervention, suicide prevention, information and referral, emotional support, and assistance to individuals experiencing emotional distress or psychiatric crisis.
High Risk Populations
The Public Health and Economic Emergency Commission announced its recommendations to protect those in Utah who are most vulnerable to COVID-19. As part of these recommendations, the Commission asked the governor to proceed with the Governor's Office of Management and Budget's plan to address high-risk populations. The Commission also adopted the "Protecting High-Risk Populations Project," a targeted plan to help those who are most vulnerable. Read more about the draft plan to protect high-risk individuals here.
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I Look Forward to Hearing From You!
I'll try to continually keep you informed about my work on the Hill – likewise, please keep in touch – I’d love to hear your insights and opinions.
I can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You’re also welcome to join me at the Capitol and if you’d like to meet with me in person outside of interim or the legislative session, you can reach Jason Gould at email@example.com. He’ll help us get in touch.
I’m truly grateful for the opportunity you’ve given me to serve in this capacity. We live in a unique and special place. Thank you for all you do to make Utah the best state in the nation – and thanks for paying attention.
Until next time,
Senator Dan McCay
Utah Senate District 11