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Did you take the Moonshot Challenge? Tell us about your experience

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Susanne Jones, Salt Lake County Library administration office coordinator, throws a completed face mask into a pile while sewing them at the Viridian Library in West Jordan on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. Salt Lake County and Stitching Hearts Worldwide have partnered to make 250,000 face masks with the help of volunteers.

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

On July 13 we issued a challenge to quell the pandemic by Labor Day.

Like President John F. Kennedy’s ‘moonshot’ challenge in 1962, it was a goal that seemed insurmountable at the time, but could come to pass with hard work and dedication from a people unified.

At the time, Utah was experiencing its largest spike in coronavirus cases. To have a significant decrease in cases in just a few weeks seemed a lofty goal — but that was the point.

If everyone did their part, there was no reason we couldn’t reach the highest goal.

If everyone, for 55 days, could withhold judgement and lay aside their differences and commit to wearing a mask in public, maintaining social distancing and isolating as needed, then it could be shown that coming together to take on COVID-19 is possible.

Seven weeks later, it’s time to check in.

Utah’s single-day high for newly reported cases was July 16, with 954.

On Sept. 1, it was reported that Utah had met the governor’s new goal for a daily average of under 400 cases a day. That’s significant decline from just a few weeks ago.

Did you participate in the Moonshot Challenge? We want to hear about your experience.

What did you learn during the last 55 days? What changes did you or your friends, family and neighbors make to help quell the pandemic?

Share your experiences with us in 250 words or less.

Share your Moonshot Challenge experience
In 250 words or less, tell us what changes you made or noticed others make in the last 55 days to help quell the pandemic.

Let’s show others that with a little teamwork and unity, Utahns can be a model for the rest of the country on democracy and problem-solving.