CORONAVIRUS UTAH

Governor Announces New Multicultural Task Force Subcommittee In Fight Against Coronavirus

Apr 23, 2020, 2:01 PM | Updated: 3:57 pm
Gov. Gary Herbert speaks during a press conference April 23, 2020...
Gov. Gary Herbert speaks during a press conference April 23, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Gov. Gary Herbert on Thursday announced the creation of a new multicultural task force in the state’s ongoing efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

It will be a subcommittee of the state’s COVID-19 Community Task Force.

“We care about everybody in the state, making sure everybody has an opportunity to get through this challenging time,” Herbert said.

The task force was created in response to the higher rate of infections seen in Utah’s Hispanic and Pacific Islander communities. Data also shows a negative impact on lower-income communities, especially if they don’t speak English or don’t have access to technology, according to state officials.

Herbert said Utah’s eight recognized Native American tribes are a specific focus for the task force.

“We’ve pushed out public health emergency preparedness funding to tribal programs that have applied for help and assistance and also to the Urban Indian Center here in Salt Lake City,” Herbert said.

Other aid includes agricultural assistance for alfalfa and grain for the San Juan Southern Paiute Nation, personal protection equipment as requested by each tribe, food donations and hygiene material.

The tribes have also received several radios to help support communication needs.

“We are anxious to continue and even increase our efforts with our native American brothers and sisters,” the governor said.

Utah had previously supplied the Navajo Nation with mobile testing units as it continues to struggle with slowing the spread of COVID-19.

As of Wednesday, 49 deaths and 1,282 cases were reported in the hardest-hit Native American reservation. By comparison, Utah has 35 confirmed deaths for the entire state.

The tribe has imposed daily and weekend curfews and a news release said there were no plans to loosen any orders efforts to control the disease.

A full report of impacts to multicultural communities will be available at multicultural.utah.gov.

The state also has a multilingual resources section on its website. It includes information in Arabic, Burmese, Chinese, French, Karen, Kinyarwanda, Korean, Mongolian, Persian Farsi, Portuguese, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Tongan and Vietnamese.

State holds daily COVID-19 update

LIVE: Health officials hold daily Utah COVID-19 update; one new death and 167 new cases reported

Posted by KSL 5 TV on Thursday, April 23, 2020

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Coronavirus Utah

The Nurse Crisis and Patent Risk....
Debbie Worthen

Utah registered nurses are leaving the field, creating the ‘perfect storm’

"Without nurses, we can't have hospitals." Utah nurses are overworked and underpaid. Some say it's put people at risk.
13 days ago
Four-year-old Viola Fairfax-Panza Getting her COVID-19 vaccination, held by her mother Keke Fairfax...
Jed Boal

Salt Lake Co. distributes COVID vaccines for children 6-months and older

Salt Lake County begins COVID-19 vaccinations for children 6 months and older.
13 days ago
FILE PHOTO (Photo by Stephen Zenner/Getty Images)...
Jed Boal

Utah’s youngest kids should be able to get COVID-19 vaccine next week

Kids as young as 6 months old should be able to get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by the middle of next week. This is an eagerly awaited opportunity for many parents and an issue of concern for others.
17 days ago
Utah COVID testing site. Getty images...
Cary J. Schwanitz, KSL TV

New mobile COVID-19 testing sites open in Utah

With the summer travel season underway and a steady stream of people still testing positive for COVID-19, Nomi Health opened several mobile testing sites across Utah.
26 days ago
The CDC is released updated mask guidance as researchers learn more about COVID-19. (KSL TV)...
Michael Houck, KSL TV

Charter school asks students not to mask to help ‘normalize’ not wearing masks at school

The American Preparatory Academy asks students not to wear a mask during their last three days of school to help with their 'academic and emotional growth.'
1 month ago
AURORA, CO - DECEMBER 15: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center investigat...
Jed Boal, KSL TV

Pfizer booster shot is now approved for children 5-11, here’s what a doctor advises

The CDC now recommends Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots for children ages five to 11. But, a leading pediatric epidemiologist suggests some parents may want to wait based on their summer plans.
1 month ago

Sponsored Articles

hand holding 3d rendering mobile connect with security camera for security solutions...
Les Olson

Wondering what security solutions are right for you? Find out more about how to protect your surroundings

Physical security helps everyone. Keep your employees, clients, and customers safe with security solutions that protect your workplace.
Many rattan pendant lights, hay hang from the ceiling.Traditional and simple lighting....
Lighting Design

The Best Ways to Style Rattan Pendant Lighting in Your Home

Rattan pendant lights create a rustic and breezy feel, and are an easy way to incorporate this hot trend into your home decor.
Earth day 2022...
1-800-GOT-JUNK?

How Are You Celebrating Earth Day 2022? | 4 Simple Ways to Celebrate Earth Day and Protect the Environment

Earth Day is a great time to reflect on how we can be more environmentally conscious. Here are some tips for celebrating Earth Day.
Get Money Online...

More Ways to Get Money Online Right Now in Your Spare Time

Here are 4 easy ways that you can get more money online if you have some free time and want to make a little extra on the side.
Lighting trends 2022...

Lighting Trends 2022 | 5 Beautiful Home Lighting Trends You Can Expect to See this Year and Beyond

This is where you can see the latest lighting trends for 2022 straight from the Lightovation Show at the Dallas World Trade Center.
What Can't You Throw Away in the Trash...

What Can’t You Throw Away in the Trash? | 5 Things You Shouldn’t Throw in to Your Trash Can

What can't you throw away in the trash? Believe it or not, there are actually many items that shouldn't be thrown straight into the trash.
Governor Announces New Multicultural Task Force Subcommittee In Fight Against Coronavirus