Utah Cities And Counties Lack Resources To Respond To Pandemic Health And Economic Issues

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Organizations that advocate for local government informed a Utah legislative committee Wednesday that they have limited resources to address the coronavirus pandemic.

Jill Parker, executive director of the Utah Association of Local Health Departments, said health departments have had to borrow staff to stay on top of contact tracing, particularly as the state has loosened restrictions. When Utah was in the high-risk phase, she said every positive case would have about five contacts.

“We now see that one positive case has about 30 to 40 contacts,” Parker said. “Or in one instance that I helped a county with [Tuesday], one case had 90 contacts.”

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