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. 

July 7, 2020

  • Travel Press: Governor Leavitt will serve as co-chair of a newly formed group of experts called the “Healthy Sail Panel.” He was featured in the article, “It’s All About Sailing Healthy - Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Team Up To Create Healthy Sail Panel". Read the article here.
  • CNBC: Governor Leavitt was mentioned in the article, “Cruise companies hire virus experts to advice on resumption of sailing". Read the article here.
  • Rus Tourism News: Governor Leavitt was featured in the article, “Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line Announced a Collaboration", which discusses the newly created "Health Sail Panel". Read the article here.
  • brandchannel: Governor Leavitt was quoted in the article, “Brand Moves for Tuesday July 7", where he is discussing next steps for the cruise industry. Read the article here.

June 25, 2020

  • MedPage Today: Governor Leavitt was quoted in the article “COVID-19: 'Nowhere Near the End of the Mitigation Phase'— Former CDC head warns senators that pandemic is not in the past yet.” Read the article here.

June 24, 2020

  • UPR: Listen to a clip of Governor Leavitt for a radio segment titled, “Former Utah Governor Advises U.S. Senate In Pandemic Response.” Listen here.

June 24, 2020

  • Atlanta Magazine: Governor Leavitt was quoted in the article “Commentary: An ex-pat Atlantan and former CDC staffer on what we could learn from nearly coronavirus-free New Zealand.” Read the article here.

June 23, 2020

  • Daily Herald: Governor Leavitt testified to the Senate HELP Committee and his interview was summarized in an article titled, "Former Utah governor testifies before Senate committee on future pandemic prep." Read the article here.

June 23, 2020

  • Homeland Preparedness News: Governor Leavitt was quoted in an article, "Public health experts urge lawmakers to focus on future pandemics." Read the article here.

June 23, 2020

  • Deseret News: Governor Leavitt was interviewed for an article titled, "How a former Utah governor would prepare the country for the next pandemic." Read the article here.

June 23, 2020

  • C-SPAN: Governor Leavitt testified to the Senate HELP Committee which held a hearing to discuss lessons learned from the coronavirus response and future pandemic preparedness efforts. View the hearing here.

May 29, 2020

  • Deseret News: Governor Leavitt was quoted in the article “Utah in ‘far better spot’ than expected amid COVID-19 pandemic, state House speaker says.” Read the article here.

May 28, 2020

  • Fox 12 Oregon: Governor Leavitt was quoted in the articleNeed a haircut? Big changes as salons, barbershops reopen in parts of Oregon.” Read the article here.

May 3, 2020

  • Salt Lake City Tribune: The article entitled “Stepping onto the ice” recaps key points from Governor Leavitt’s interview on C-SPAN. Read the article here.

May 3, 2020

  • Washington Post: Governor Leavitt was quoted in an article entitled “Governors stepped to forefront as Washington stumbled.” Read the article here.

April 30, 2020

  • C-SPAN: Governor Leavitt and Governor Jay Inslee were interviewed by C-SPAN host Steve Scully. Governor Leavitt’s portion of the interview begins around the 47:50 mark. Watch the interview  here.

April 29, 2020

  • Fox News: Governor Leavitt was interviewed by Fox News and quoted in an article by Andrew Craft entitled, “Former Bush HHS chief calls for more COVID-19 testing money in congressional letter, says we were “unprepared.” Read the article here.

April 27, 2020

  • Philanthropy Roundtable: Governor Leavitt was interviewed by Philanthropy Magazine for an article entitled "A Long View on the Coronavirus Problem". Read the full interview here.

April 23, 2020

  • National Institute for Civil Discourse: Governor Leavitt was interviewed along with five other experienced leaders on “A Bipartisan Approach to COVID-19.” View the program here.

April 16, 2020

  • KSL: Governor Leavitt was quoted in Dennis Romboy’s article entitled, “How should states emerge from coronavirus pandemic? Ex-HSS secretary Mike Leavitt suggests experimenting.” Read the article here.

April 15, 2020

  • KSL News Radio: Governor Leavitt was interviewed KSL’s new radio show with Dave and Dujanovic. Listen to the interview here.

April 11, 2020

  • Politico: Governor Leavitt was quoted in Dan Diamond’s article entitled, “Inside America’s 2-Decade Failure to Prepare for Coronavirus.Read the article here.

April 8, 2020

  • JAMA: Governor Leavitt joined Editor in Chief for JAMA, Dr. Howard Bauchner, to discuss what he believes state governors can expect from the federal government and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Watch the interview here.

April 7, 2020

  • Leavitt Partners hosted a Political Checkpoint webinar featuring Governor Leavitt, Vince Ventimiglia, and Brett Graham. During the discussion, the speakers reflected on the latest developments of COVID-19 and the frame it puts around the 2020 election and the health care landscape in 2021 and beyond. View the recording and slides here.

April 5, 2020

  • Fox News: Governor Leavitt joined Jon Scott to discuss convalescent plasma therapy for COVID-19. View the interview here.

April 3, 2020

  • Fox News Radio: Governor Leavitt was interviewed on “From Washington” show.  Listen to the interview here.
  • Daily Herald: Senator Mitt Romney, Governor Leavitt and others offered pandemic advice to small business owners during the “Navigating COVID-19: How to Save Your Business,” virtual session hosted by the University of Utah’s Marriner S. Eccles Institute for Economics and Quantitative Analysis. Read the article here.
  • Bloomberg Law: Governor Leavitt was quoted in an article entitled, “Virus Sidelines Medicare’s Push for Value-Based Care.”  Read the article here.
  • Deseret News: Governor Leavitt was quoted in an article entitled, “Coronavirus: How the West Coast is Winning, and What Utah Can Learn.” Read the article here.

March 30, 2020

  • Cheddar: Governor Leavitt discusses Americans' role in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic and weighs in on the roll of government. Watch the full interview here.

March 27, 2020

  • Bloomberg Radio: Governor Leavitt was interviewed on Balance of Power and asked about addressing a public health crisis. Listen to the full interview here.

March 26, 2020

  • SiriusXM: Governor Leavitt was interviewed on POTUS 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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