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KUTV

SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) — Chris Peterson, the Democrat running to be Utah’s next governor, is calling on the attorney general’s office to launch a civil investigation.

He wants the investigation to focus on the state’s contact tracing software — ending payments and getting a refund for taxpayers.

“We’re still continuing to pay $10,000 a day for a cell phone app that doesn’t provide the contact tracing location services that we originally asked for in the software,” Peterson said.

Gov. Gary Herbert’s office said in a statement: 

The State of Utah does pay $300,000 a month for maintenance and development on the Healthy Together app, which is ongoing. This fee also covers the cost for up to 1 million people to use the app. It currently provides symptom checking and assessment, connections to testing centers, test results, and helps users navigate Utah’s color-coded health guidance system.”

Gov. Gary Herber

Peterson also wants to know who was behind the state’s hydroxychloroquine deal.

“To the state’s credit, we have managed to get a refund on that ill-advised purchase, but we don’t have clarity about who it was that actually made the decision to go forward and buy that medicine that doesn’t have any scientifically proven basis,” he said.

Gov. Herbert’s office said in a statement:

At the time the State contracted to purchase hydroxychloroquine, it was widely viewed as a promising therapeutic in COVID-19 treatments, and it was in short supply. When scientific evidence showed the compound was not successful in treating coronavirus, we negotiated to get a full refund on that purchase. In the end, this was an example of the State successfully adapting to react to changing information and increasing scientific evidence.

Gov. Gary Herbert

Peterson spoke on the steps of the Capitol on Monday afternoon to lay out his plan, which included enacting a statewide mask mandate.

The Cox campaign declined an interview request. So did a spokesman for the attorney general’s office.