Corona virus updates with SL County District Attorney Sim Gill, Governor Gary Herbert, SLC Mayor Erin Mendenhall and Visit Salt Lake. Plus, Dr. Dave on the mental and emotional toll of the pandemic, and Art and Soup fundraiser goes virtual.
Dr. David Derezotes, who heads the Peace & Conflicts Studies program at the University of Utah, weighed in on the mental and emotional toll of the Coronavirus.
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SL County District Attorney Sim Gill talked about the force of law given that earlier today the SL County Health Department declared a public health emergency and limited some business operations, including restaurants, bars and taverns. The declaration takes effect at 11:00 p.m. March 16, 2020.
Kimberly Dansie of Community Nursing Services, which is moving its annual Art & Soup event online March 25-29. Proceeds of the now virtual event will help thousands of Utah patients and families in need. CNS is Utah's oldest nonprofit home health and hospice agency.
Also earlier today, Governor Gary Herbert and SLC Mayor Erin Mendenhall held a press conference at the offices of the Salt Lake Chamber on steps they are taking to address the economic impact of COVID-19. RadioACTive shared a portion of that press conference, featuring comments from the following:
- Governor Gary Herbert, who announced an Economic Response Task Force that will work in conjunction with the governor’s COVID-19 Task Force. The new task force will help to minimize economic losses.
- SLC Mayor Erin Mendenhall, who tomorrow night will ask the SLC Council to approve a $1 million relief fund in support of small business. She said more than 90% of the 17,000 licensed businesses in SLC are small businesses.
- Business Owners: Click here to SLC’s COVID-19 Business Impact Survey. Click here for results to date. She is also working to stand up a Small Business Recovery Task Force.
- Mendenhall asked landlords and property owners to be conscientious of tenants and exercise flexibility with regard to rent payments in the coming weeks.
- Kaitlin Eskelson of Visit Salt Lake, which is already reporting cancellation of seven conventions worth an estimated $45 million to the local economy in the coming months. As with all other county-owned facilities, The Salt Palace Convention Center is closed until at least March 31, 2020.
- Eskelson noted that Utah’s tourism economy is worth $9.75 billion and supports 37,000 jobs in SL County alone.
- Kevin Burt of the Utah Department of Workforce Services, Unemployment Division. “Don’t convince yourself you’re not eligible,” Burt said. “If you’re not sure, apply.” Click here for more information.
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