In order to assist businesses adversely impacted by the coronavirus — COVID-19 — and at the request of Gov. Gary Herbert, the U.S. Small Business Administration has been authorized to offer Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) to Utah small businesses in need of working capital and support with operating expenses.
In this open letter, Moab Regional Hospital Chief Medical Officer Dylan Cole said that government needs to mount aggressive response, that higher testing capacity is needed, that there is a shortage of ventilators, and that employees are currently getting only one mask per week.
I would like to thank Chris Baird and the other members of the task force for recognizing and addressing the threat that the SARS-CoV-2 (novel coronavirus) and the disease it causes–COVID-19–represents to the whole community in a reasoned and well-thought-out manner and I thank the council members who voted for it. It is disappointing and troubling that the rest of the council members present for the vote and the members of the business community that were present were against this measure.
Kudos and sincere thanks to County Administrator Chris Baird, County Council members Mary McGann, Gabriel Woytek and Jaylyn Hawks for standing for our community’s health and welfare at the March 11 council meeting.
After reading the article concerning the 3-3 vote recently taken by the Grand County Council as to the possible restrictions of gatherings, I would like to express something to those in power in Moab, business owners, and those that live there in Moab.
I’m writing in response to the “My View” column by Marjorie Haun published in your last issue.
A glance at Main Street on Monday, or at the entrance to Arches National Park, is evidence that our visitors don’t want to believe there is a pandemic that could sicken themselves and kill others. Moab has always been a place for escape. That’s why many people choose to live here, and it’s what attracts so many others to leave the maddening crowds of their own homes in Denver, Salt Lake, Aspen, Paris and Tokyo, even if it’s just for vacation.
I wrote the following a few weeks ago: