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Coronavirus: Utah governor encourages calm, not panic buying

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Governor Gary Herbert (Photo: KUTV)

State officials and top elected leaders are encouraging calm in the uncertain times associated with the coronavirus pandemic.

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Gov. Gary Herbert on Thursday acknowledged “high anxiety” in Utah.

“I hope people will be reasonable and rational,” he said. “There are areas where we are overreacting. For example, our water supplies are good and abundant. Stockpiling water in your home is probably not a necessary thing.”

The state announced a range of recommendations, from limiting mass gatherings to encouraging teleworking. State universities plan to transition to online coursework for the remainder of the semester. Education officials were evaluating whether to close K-12 schools.

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“Fighting at Costco or Walmart over different issues out there and not being friendly is something we don’t want to see,” Herbert said. “A run on stores and tempers flaring is not the Utah way.”

Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox encouraged a deep breath, saying: “The worst of times bring out the best in people.”

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For more information about coronavirus in Utah, visit the coronavirus page on kutv.com or coronavirus.utah.gov.

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