We are heartbroken to learn that a young boy passed away from Covid-19. His death was reported by the Utah Department of Health on December 15. We can’t imagine the anguish his family, friends, and loved ones are feeling. Our hearts and prayers are with them at this most difficult time.
This tragedy is another stark reminder that Covid-19 isn’t just a pandemic of the frail and elderly. Without adequate preventive measures in place, we enable the unmitigated spread of this horrific virus and allow it to find and infect the vulnerable among us, regardless of age and medical history.
We reiterate our call for Utah’s elected leaders to remove the roadblocks they imposed on local health departments and school districts to implement public health measures and slow the spread of Covid-19. As the virus continues to evolve, our health authorities and school districts must be able to respond.
To date, more than 3,600 Utahns have died from this virus, each leaving behind family and loved ones. This growing number is more than all the souls lost on 9/11, nearly double the deaths from Hurricane Katrina, and 20 times the death toll of the Oklahoma City bombing. At least 35,000 children have confirmed cases since school started in August. We urge our elected leaders to take active steps to prevent additional needless suffering and death in our communities.