The United States is responding to a pandemic respiratory disease known as “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”) that is spreading from person-to-person. This situation poses a serious public health risk. On March 11, the COVID-19 outbreak was characterized as a pandemic by the World Health Organization. In the interest of aiding the people and local governments in Utah, Governor Herbert issued a State of Emergency Declaration on March 6, 2020. Subsequently, the Division of Purchasing issued an Emergency Procurement Declaration that allowed Utah agencies to purchase equipment and supplies that would help slow the spread of COVID-19 in the State of Utah without going through a standard procurement process.
COVID-19 EXPENDITURES: The State began COVID spending at the beginning of March to mitigate the COVID-19 outbreak in the State of Utah. Many expenditures were made using the Utah Procurement Code’s emergency procurement process when the purchases were necessary to mitigate a circumstance that is likely to have a negative impact on public health, safety, or welfare. The COVID-19 outbreak has been determined to be an emergency at the local, state, and federal levels. Some purchases were made by executive branch agencies to ensure that the executive branch of the State of Utah could operate safely and effectively during the COVID-19 outbreak. In addition, purchases were made in coordination with local health departments, hospitals, cities, counties, and others to ensure that the state, first responders, nurses, and doctors were properly equipped with the personal protective equipment (PPE) and data necessary to mitigate the COVID-19 outbreak. The funding for the COVID spending comes from the federal CARES program and reimbursement from FEMA. The PPE purchases have been made in order to mitigate the current COVID-19 outbreak and to help the State of Utah maintain adequate levels of PPE for the upcoming year. The charts and detailed information below show the expenditures by the State of Utah in its mitigation efforts and how the materials have been distributed.
STABILIZATION PHASE: On May 7th, the State of Utah began to normalize its procurement processes for COVID spending. The State of Utah is reviewing all contracts entered into under the emergency procurement processes in order to determine if the contract should be maintained, re-solicitated using standard procurement processes, or canceled. A list of current solicitations can be viewed below.