COVID-19 Updates

from Governor Mike Leavitt

Governor Leavitt gained extensive knowledge and experience in preparing the country for a possible pandemic during his time as Secretary of Health and Human Services. Governor Leavitt has shared his perspective on the coronavirus crisis with several media outlets. The following provides links to the interviews and articles that are available online. 

March 27, 2020

  • SiriusXM: Governor Leavitt was interviewed on Politics Inside Out with Chris Frates. During this interview he shared his experiences as Secretary of Health and Human Services on crafting a pandemic plan as well as on whether to reopen the country during a pandemic . Listen to a clip of his segment on crafting a pandemic plan here. Listen to a clip of his segment on whether to reopen the country here. The full interview will air during the following times: Saturday, March 28, at 9AM (ET) & 7PM (ET), Sunday, March 29, at 5AM (ET) & 4PM (ET), and Monday, March 30, at 12AM (ET) on SiriusXM’s POTUS Channel 124. 

March 26, 2020

  • Healthcare Innovation: Governor Leavitt participated in a webinar sponsored by the Alliance for Health Policy, in which he shared his perspectives on issues such as federal government pandemic coordination and the future of telehealth. Read a summary of the webinar here.

March 25, 2020

  • TRT World - Bigger Than Five: Governor Leavitt was interviewed by Ghida Fakhry on an episode entitled, “COVID-19: The US Response.” Governor Leavitt was asked to share his thoughts on how the crisis is being addressed by the federal and state governments. Watch the program here.

March 23, 2020

  • USA Today: Stay Home, Save Lives, a bi-partisan group of more than twenty public health professionals, including Governor Leavitt, has released an open letter with recommendations for immediate steps that can be taken to mitigate the worst potential impacts of this pandemic. Read the recommendations here.

March 23, 2020

  • Fox News: Governor Leavitt was interviewed on America's Newsroom with Sandra Smith and Ed Henry on the topic of why it is vital to adhere to social distancing guidelines. View the interview here.

March 21, 2020

  • Fox News: Governor Leavitt interviewed with Jon Scott to discuss the details of treatment options and vaccine. View the interview here.

March 20, 2020

  • Al Jazeera: Governor Leavitt was interviewed on UpFront. View the interview here.

March 17, 2020

  • HFMA published an article featuring comments from Governor Leavitt entitled, "​​​​​​​Hospitals should increase capacity in response to the coronavirus, former HHS secretary says." Read the article here.
  • The Salt Lake Tribune published an article entitled, "​​​​​​​Robert Gehrke: Utah's pandemic expert says we can't contain the coronavirus, but he says our actions today matter greatly," featuring Governor Leavitt. Read the article here.

March 16, 2020


  • KSL News Radio: ​​​​​​​Read a summary of Governor Leavitt's interview entitled, "Former Governor Leavitt: Closures and Restrictions Are Not an Overreaction." The summary is available here.
  • Fox13 Salt Lake: ​​​​​​​Governor Leavitt was interviewed by Bob Evans. Read the summary entitled, "3 Questions with Bob Evans: Former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt," and watch the full interview here.

March 13, 2020

  • NPR: Governor Leavitt was interviewed on NPR regarding what government agencies should do for COVID-19. Read the transcript from the interview here.

March 11, 2020


  • KSL News Radio: Governor Leavitt was interviewed by Dave Noriega. Read the summary entitled, "Opinion: Coronavirus Overreaction? No dummy, it's the right reaction," and listen to the interview here.
  • Fox News: ​​​​​​​Governor Leavitt was interviewed by Harris Faulkner. Watch the interview here.


March 10, 2020

  • CNN Newsroom: ​​​​​​​Governor Leavitt was interviewed by Poppy Harlow and Jim Sciutto. Watch the interview here.


March 5, 2020

  • Fox News published an opinion article written by Governor Leavitt entitled, "Michael Leavitt: To prepare for coronavirus, here’s what all of us must do." Read the article here.

March 4, 2020

  • Fox News Radio: ​​​​​​​Governor Leavitt was interviewed on the Brian Kilmeade Show. View the interview here.


February 27, 2020

  • Fox News: ​​​​​​​Governor Leavitt was interviewed on America's Newsroom. View the interview here.

January 27, 2020

  • CNBC: Governor Leavitt joined ‘The Exchange’ to discuss how prepared the U.S. is for a coronavirus outbreak. View the interview here