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Gov. Cox announces latest tactics against the omicron variant

With the spike in cases and a huge demand for testing, today Governor Spencer Cox announced some temporary changes that he hopes will slow the spread.

He joined health and state advisors at the capitol today to lay out his latest tactic against omicron.

“Our response to COVID-19 needs to change as the virus has changed,” said Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson.

The latest lates omicron surge is impacting all aspects of Utahns lives.

In schools, since Christmas day, Governor Spencer Cox said new covid cases increased from 1200 to 9500 a day. Dr. Sydnee Dickson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction said the stress on school staffing has been tremendous.

“Recently one school district in Utah saw  nearly one out of every six of it’s full-time employees absent for health or other reasons.”

Daily covid testing has gone up from 19,000 to almost 48,000. With a delay in getting their normal supply of tests, Governor Cox says that has led to people having to wait hours in line to get tested.

“Every single Industry we’re struggling to find employees and that is true in testing as well.”

Until more tests arrive, Governor Cox announced some temporary changes. Test-to-Stay program will be put on hold.

And if you have symptoms, do not get tested. Stay home, isolate for 5 days and assume you have Covid.

“On day six if you’re feeling better and you don’t have a fever it’s reasonable to go back into society wearing a mask for another five days,” said Dr. Leisha Nolen, State Epidemiologist.

It’s an approach Governor Cox hopes will help Utahns reach the peak of omicron in the coming weeks.

“I am more optimistic that I have been at any point in this pandemic that with omicron spreading so rapidly that will help us move on.”

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