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Cache County wants to move to ‘green’ despite coronavirus outbreak at meatpacking plant

Posted at 7:08 AM, Jun 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-11 09:08:41-04

Despite a spike in cases — particularly with an outbreak at a Hyrum meatpacking plant — and rising worries about hospital capacity, the Cache County Council has voted to ask the state to move northern Utah to the “green” or normal risk phase for the coronavirus.

Councilwoman Gina Worthen said the restrictions are harming restaurants and businesses — and believes they’re not helping people.

“This is for a virus that has a 1% death rate. I can’t help but think, ‘What are we doing?’” she said during the Tuesday night meeting. “People can be responsible for their own health. That’s what America is all about.”

Councilman Jon White disagrees, but he was outvoted to 6-1.

“Those aren’t fair comparisons,” Councilman Jon White countered, noting the virus has infected people over the past several months instead of over a lifetime.

Click here to read the full report from The Salt Lake Tribune.