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(1) The commission shall advise and make recommendations to the governor regarding the state's response to the COVID-19 emergency.
(2) As part of the commission's duties under Subsection (1), the commission shall:
(a) identify at least three economic and health guidance levels that may be used to:
(i) establish an overall risk assessment for the state; and
(ii) provide targeted risk assessments based on:
(A) geographic areas of the state;
(B) groups of individuals, based on each group's risk level of serious illness from COVID-19 due to demographic characteristics, including age or underlying health conditions;
(C) groups of individuals, based on each group's personal experience with COVID-19, including testing positive for, having symptoms of, or having recovered from COVID-19; or
(b) establish criteria for assigning each economic and health guidance level described in Subsection (2)(a);
(c) identify the social and economic activities that the commission recommends take place or be restricted under each economic and health guidance level described in Subsection (2)(a);
(d) develop a plan to promote widespread testing of individuals for COVID-19;
(e) develop a plan to encourage individuals to use available technology to allow the state to identify and track the prevalence and transmission of COVID-19; and
(f) develop universal communication elements for governmental entities to use in messaging related to the COVID-19 emergency.
(3)(a) On or before April 22, 2020, the commission shall present a plan to the governor that:
(i) provides for the state to operate under an economic and health guidance level described in Subsection (2)(a)(i) that is immediately below the highest risk economic and health guidance level;
(ii) includes reasonable guidelines under which health care providers may perform elective surgeries and procedures and restaurants may resume or continue, subject to the reasonable guidelines, normal operations; and
(iii) is available to the public.
(b) If the governor does not implement the commission's plan described in Subsection (3)(a) on or before April 30, 2020, the governor shall, on or before April 30, 2020, issue a public statement that explains the governor's decision, including the generally accepted data the governor relied upon in reaching the decision.
(4) In conducting the commission's work, the commission shall:
(a) focus on the overall well-being of the state's residents by balancing economic and public health considerations and exploring all options to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 emergency on daily life; and
(b) consult with local government officials, as appropriate.
Cite this article: FindLaw.com - Utah Code Title 53. Public Safety Code § 53-2c-202. Commission duties--Recommendations--Governor's response - last updated May 05, 2022 | https://codes.findlaw.com/ut/title-53-public-safety-code/ut-code-sect-53-2c-202.html
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