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COVID-19... Where Are We Now?

First, I hope that you and your family are safe. Compared to other States, Utah’s numbers are looking relatively good. As of Friday, May 1, the Utah Department of Health has reported 4,828 positive cases, 403 hospitalizations, and 46 deaths. In all, Utah has administered 112,558 total tests. The progress we have made as a state is encouraging, but we all must continue to do our part to slow the spread, even as businesses reopen and activities resume. 
 
Utah Moves From Red to Orange

This week, Governor Gary Herbert announced that Utah will be moving from the “red” to “orange” phase of the Utah Leads Together 2.0 plan. The Governor’s executive order can be viewed here and the entire plan can be viewed here. As part of this, many businesses will begin reopening. Utahns should continue washing and sanitizing their hands, staying home when sick, and avoid touching their faces. When in public, Utahns should continue to practice social distancing and wear a face mask.
 
A Mask for Every Utahn

As part of this announcement, Governor Herbert announced the production of 2 million face masks. This project is funded through the CARES Act and is in partnership with the Utah Manufacturers Association. You can request a face mask at coronavirus.utah.gov/mask
 
Unemployment and Business Resources

By moving into the “orange” phase, Utah’s economy will gradually begin to restart and we can expect unemployment rates to drop. However, there are still a number of resources available for those who are left without work and who are suffering financially due to this pandemic. If you are in need of assistance, please visit jobs.utah.gov. Other helpful resources can be found at coronavirus.utah.gov/business and https://coronavirus.utah.gov/employment-resources-for-people-impacted-by-covid-19/
 
Education

As many of you are aware, Utah schools have been dismissed for the remainder of the school year. Classes for both public education and higher education have been moved to online courses. Each district and each university is best suited to meet the needs of their students, including how to move forward with graduation plans. Please visit https://coronavirus.utah.gov/education/ for up-to-date information regarding your student’s education. 
 
Mental Health

It is common to feel anxious, stressed, or worried during these uncertain times. It is important that you care for yourself and your family’s mental health. Please visit https://coronavirus.utah.gov/Mental-health/ if you are in search of resources available to you. 
 
*For multilingual resources please click here.
 
Legislative Special Sessions

Last week, the Utah Legislature convened in the Third and Fourth Special Sessions to address issues related to COVID-19. A summary of the bills passed in the two sessions can be found here.
 
Utahns Helping One Another

Although this has been a trying time for many, we have seen communities come together, neighbors support one another, and Utahns become one. I would love to hear of examples of this that you have seen in our community. 
One example that I have seen is UHEAL (Utah Healthcare Employee Appreciation Lunches), a service project created by members of the Utah House Legislative Staff, partnered with the Utah Restaurant Association. UHEAL raised money to provide lunches from local restaurants to healthcare employees throughout the state. The first round of lunches were delivered to hospitals this week, and more deliveries will be made next week.

Utah is well-equipped to handle the challenges we are faced with. For more information and to read the latest COVID-19 news, please visit coronavirus.utah.gov.

F-35 Demo Team

As many of you saw (and/or heard), the F-35 Demo Team and the 388th Fighter Wing wanted to salute and thank all of the healthcare workers, first responders, military members, and essential personnel on the front lines of the fight against  COVID-19 with a multi-city flyover throughout the State of Utah. Thank you! Here is a photo I took from my home on Thursday.



Thanks again for all your support.  My contact information is as follows. Feel free to contact me regarding any issue.

Legislative email: chall@le.utah.gov
Personal email: hcraighall@yahoo.com
Website: www.votecraighall.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/votecraighall
Twitter: www.twitter.com/hcraighall
Cell phone: (801) 573-1774

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