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Message from the Governor
My fellow Utahns,
In the weeks since we released the first version of Utah Leads Together, we have gained a deeper understanding of the impact of COVID-19. We now know firsthand that this disease does not respect state boundaries or one’s station in life. We have lost those we hold dear, and too many of our friends and family members find themselves struggling economically. Despite these challenges I remain optimistic. My optimism is not founded in wishful thinking, but rather studied observation. I am inspired by how Utahns have banded together. Indeed, our community response epitomizes our state’s symbol: The Beehive. We have been industrious and innovative for the sake of our community – not for the sake of self. Our heroic health care workers stand on the frontlines of this battle, working tirelessly and around the clock. These professionals and those who support them deserve our gratitude, respect, and admiration. On behalf of the people of Utah, I express sincere thanks for your service. I express appreciation for Utah businesses as they apply grit and determination to power through this difficult time. I have been impressed by your innovative problem solving and your efforts to support employees and community members in the face of economic peril. Utah is known around the globe for our collaborative spirit. Utah must continue to lead through partnership and problem-solving. I thank our public and private partners, legislative leaders, local health departments, counties, and cities for your vital and continued service. Finally, you see countless examples of Utahns helping Utahns and Utahns helping other states. You’ve reached out to vulnerable populations in our state. You’ve donated protective equipment to help our medical professionals. You’ve adopted new practices of social distancing that cut against our natural tendencies to come together physically. But despite our physical distancing, we are united as Utahns and as citizens of this great country. I encourage Utahns to take this Utah Leads Together plan and make it your own. As we face these challenges, I am confident we will continue to draw upon and be strengthened by our goodness. Our distinctive desire to engage, to care for, to protect, and to lift one another sets us apart. As one Utah, I know we will adapt, innovate, and emerge even stronger.
– Governor Gary R. Herbert
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