The Democratic gubernatorial candidates are suspending all in-person campaign events as Utah’s COVID-19 cases soar.
Governor candidate Chris Peterson and his lieutenant governor running mate, Karina Brown, announced the change in their campaign on Monday following Utah's record-breaking coronavirus case counts, positivity rates, and hospitalizations.
Peterson said in a news release stated:
From the outset, our campaign has been focused on protecting Utah families and Utah’s economy. Politicians have failed to keep Utahns safe with their patchwork pandemic response, leading to overrun hospitals, uncertainty in our public schools, and shuttered businesses across the state. Because of surging coronavirus numbers, we have made the responsible decision to suspend all in-person campaign events through Election Day. I hope that my opponent and other campaigns will join us in putting Utahns’ health and safety first during this critical time.
On Sunday, Utah health officials reported a rolling 7-day average of 1,490 positive tests per day and a 16.6% positivity rate.
Since July, Peterson has consistently called for a smarter, more robust pandemic response plan. “The only thing that’s changed over the last three months is that there are now hundreds more Utahns sitting down to dinner with an empty seat because a loved one passed from COVID-19,” Peterson said in the release. “The hard-working people of this state deserve so much better.”
Peterson and Brown will continue to campaign online through election day and plan to host a series of online events.