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Fauci impressed with Utah response to COVID-19; state to train more in contact tracing

By Mary Richards, KSL Newsradio | Posted - Apr. 8, 2020 at 10:04 a.m.

SALT LAKE CITY — Governor Gary Herbert says the nation’s top infectious disease doctor is impressed with Utah’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

This comes as Lt. Governor Spencer Cox said Utah is working on another step of the plan to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Cox told KSL Newsradio that 1,000 state employees are being trained right now in contact tracing.

Contact tracing is when health officials talk to each person with a case of the virus and identify who they’ve been in contact with. Then they call those people and work to quickly inform and isolate those at risk.

“This is a much more surgical approach,” said Cox, compared to the “sledgehammer way” of requesting everyone stay home.

Cox said contact tracing combined with more universal testing and rapid testing coming online will help Utah get through this faster.

“There is a light at the end of the tunnel. We are lowering that curve,” he said.

Both Cox and Gov. Herbert were on a phone call with Dr. Anthony Fauci on Wednesday. Herbert said the nation’s top infectious disease doctor was impressed with Utah’s response to the pandemic.

“Just finished a productive visit with Dr. Anthony Fauci about the actions and results from Utah’s Stay Safe Stay Home directive to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Fauci expressed how favorably impressed he was with Utah’s comprehensive response,” Herbert wrote on Twitter.

Gov. Herbert will be live with KSL at 12:35 to answer your questions about the coronavirus on KSL’s Coronavirus call in.

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