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Personal Protective Equipment

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Public health agencies across the country are widely underfunded, according to a recent report from Kaiser Health News. Utah is one of many states that spends less than $100 per person in public health funding, according to the report, spending about $79 per person. 

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Monday evening, July 20, 2020

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During a recent shipping day, Utah’s personal protective equipment warehouse in Salt Lake City was bustling with activity. Forklifts whizzed around, carrying boxes full of gowns, facemasks, and hand sanitizer, and loading them onto trucks headed for hospitals and local health districts. 

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Utah plans to issue a Major Disaster Declaration Wednesday due to the coronavirus pandemic.