Moab hospital thanks governor, health department for ‘swift actions’

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Moab Regional Hospital’s Chief Medical Officer Dylan Cole, sent a letter to Gov. Gary Herbert and Brady Bradford, the health director for the Southeastern Utah Health Department, Thursday, March 19 thanking Bradford for the decision to close local hotels to nonlocal visitors and Herbert for the decision to close dining rooms statewide.

“We feel these actions will save lives,” Cole said in the letter.

Cole said that hospital leadership believed the actions “will significantly help the public to follow the guidance of healthcare authorities,” including instructions from federal health officials for “dramatic diminution of personal interaction.”

Cole also highlighted the following recommendations from President Donald Trump:

  • Avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people;
  • Avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants, and food courts; and
  • Avoid discretionary travel, shopping trips, and social visits.

Cole closed the letter by saying that the hospital is “deeply committed to our mission to provide quality healthcare and promote wellness within the Moab community and surrounding areas.” He said he hoped the community would do social distancing to help “flatten the curve” of COVID-19.

“However, we are preparing for the eventuality of local transmission of the coronavirus and the burden of illness within our community,” Cole said. “Like other rural areas, we are precariously positioned, with limited resources, to address the threat to local residents. We are taking steps to prepare our hospital to meet the anticipated need and will continue in our dedication to keep the community healthy in these uncertain times.”