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Editor’s note: Read the closing argument by Trent Staggs, Republican candidate for Salt Lake County mayor, here.
In mid-April, my teenage son became ill very quickly and, within hours, had a cough and a temperature of 103 degrees. Of course, my husband and I immediately thought the worst — COVID-19 — so I called the Salt Lake County Health Department and the health screener confirmed my son should receive a test.
At the testing site a few hours later, my mask kept the fear and panic I was feeling inside from scaring my son. The two days we then quarantined at home waiting for his results were probably the longest days of my life.
Every morning when I look at the latest count of confirmed cases in the county, I think about that fear — the worry their families must feel. The horror of wondering whether a loved one is weeks away from dying alone in hospital, unable to hug their family goodbye.
As a community it seems like we’ve developed an immunity to those daily news stories about statewide case counts, and that immunity may be the most dangerous threat of all.
The leadership of government officials can only do so …
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