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Utah governor tells people to stay home to combat COVID-19

Added 03-27-20 08:03:02pm EST - “Utah Gov. Gary Hebert issued a stay-home directive Friday as the state works to curb the spread of the new coronavirus that's now infected hundreds of people and killed two in the state.” - Washingtontimes.com

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah Gov. Gary Hebert issued a stay-home directive Friday as the state works to curb the spread of the new coronavirus that’s now infected hundreds of people and killed two in the state.

The directive calls on people to avoid all gatherings, including family get-togethers and children’s playdates, and public places as much as possible. It does not require business closings or carry penalties if the rules are broken.

Herbert said it was a “data-driven” approach that would allow for some economic activity to continue while creating protections to combat the virus that has infected 480 people. Authorities also want to avoid overloading hospitals as the disease progresses.

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“This is really a call to action for all of us,” said Herbert, a Republican. “If we all get together we’re going to get though this with minimal disruption economically … and were going to be able to get to a good place.”

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