COVID-19 LOCAL UPDATE - April 13, 2020

BOX ELDER COUNTY – By Cari Doutre - April 13, 2020

A complied and updated list of local information, closures, statistics and more during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic and shutdown as of April 13, 2020.

New or updated information will be noted and listed first.

For more updates, corrections or to add information, email us at: valleyheadliner@gmail.com


The Bear River Health Department (Box Elder, Cache and Rich counties) confirmed on March 17, 2020 that the health district had their first confirmed case of COVID-19. This case was in Box Elder County.

Click on the link below for The Valley Headliner - BRVNEWS.com's previously published article. BREAKING NEWS - "First confirmed case of COVID-19 found in Box Elder County" - March 17, 2020


UPDATED - COVID-19 STATISTICS AS OF APRIL 13, 2020:

- (49) confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Bear River Health Department’s district

- (13) confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Box Elder County

- (36) confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Cache County

- A total of (2,363) confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Utah

- (18) COVID-19 related deaths in Utah


For daily updates, click on Bear River Health Department’s link below. New case counts are generally posted daily at 1 p.m. https://brhd.org/coronavirus/

For more information on Utah’s entire case count, click on the Utah Department of Health’s link: coronavirus.utah.gov/case-counts


NEW – BEAR RIVER BOARD OF HEALTH PASSES A PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER;

GYMS AND FITNESS CENTERS TO OPEN WITH RESTRICTIONS:

The Bear River Health Department released a Public Health Order 2020-03 on April 13, 2020. Included in that order is a change to restrictions for gyms and fitness centers.

Gyms and fitness centers in Box Elder County are permitted to open their business doors again for patrons but must following these restrictions and guidelines:

- Any employee that presents any symptoms of COVID-19 are not permitted to work

- Clients, patrons and customers shall be screened by phone and/or in-person prior to entering the establishment

- Any client, patron or customer showing any of the following symptoms will be excluded from the facility (cough, shortness of breath, chills, fever, sneezing with nasal discharge)

- Only one (1) individual per 100 square feet AND have at least 10 feet of separation from others

- No team or group activities allowed

- All locker rooms and shower areas are closed. Use of toilets, hand sinks and urinals are allowed

- All equipment shall be disinfected after each use

- No sign-up sheets, touch pads, or touch surfaces shall be used to enter facilities

- Strongly recommended that individuals over the age of 60 or individuals with underlying health conditions refrain from using the facilities

- Strongly recommended that patrons wear non-surgical face masks that completely cover the mouth and nose

The entire public order can be found HERE

For more information on Results Gym & Fitness and Bear River Strength and Conditioning's plans and policies, visit their Facebook pages or click on the website links below.

https://www.resultsgymandfitness.com/

https://bearriverstrength.com/


NEW – FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ISSUES STIMULUS CHECKS:

Millions of Americans will receive an economic stimulus check from the federal government starting April 13. The federal government will distribute those checks through the IRS.

For more information on stimulus checks, click on the link below.

https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus-tax-relief-and-economic-impact-payments


NEW – UTAH REQUIRES DECLARATION FORMS PRIOR TO ENTERING THE STATE:

In an effort to prevent further spreading of COVID-19 in Utah, Utah Governor Gary Herbert issued an executive order on April 10, that requires everyone over the age of 18 submit a declaration survey when entering the state. All individuals entering Utah, including air travelers, must submit the form.

A State of Utah Travel Declaration Form is required by individuals within three hours of entering Utah. Information collected from those forms will be transferred to the Utah Department of Health to help trace and mitigate COVID-19 activity in Utah.

The form also informs travelers of Utah’s current COVID-19 public orders, guidelines and restrictions.

The Utah Department of Transportation designed an alert text system for motorists that reminds them to fill out the form.

For more information on the State of Utah Travel Declaration Form, click on the link below.

https://entry.utah.gov/


THE BISTRO AT BEAR RIVER VALLEY HOSPITAL OFFERS CURBSIDE SERVICE ONLY:

The Bistro, located at Bear River Valley Hospital in Tremonton, only offer curbside takeout options starting Monday, April 6.

Previous guidelines state that all guests under the age of 18, in accordance with recent Intermountain Healthcare policies, are prohibited from entering the Bistro effective March 16.


STATE ORDERS EXTENSIONS FOR BUSINESS REQUIREMENTS AND CLOSURES:

Utah Governor Gary Herbert released a public health order on April 1, that includes extensions on closures and business requirements.

Included in that order is an extension that bans all in-dining restaurants or other facilities similar until April 15, 2020. The full order is attached below.

https://brhd.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/STATE-PUBLIC-HEALTH-ORDER-4.1.20.pdf

BOX ELDER COUNTY CLOSES LANDFILL TO THE PUBLIC:

Box Elder County officials officially closed the landfill to the public sector after recent events overloaded employees and services at the landfill.

For a full story on this closure, click on the article below that was previously published by The Valley Headliner – BRVNEWS.com

NEWS – “County landfill closes to the public” – April 3, 2020

Attached below is the full statement from Box Elder County



ALL NON-ESSENTIAL OR ELECTIVE MEDICAL PROCEDURES ARE SUSPENDED WITH THE FOLLOWING LOCAL BUSINESSES:

- Bear River Eye Center (Tremonton):

- Edge Orthodontics (Garland and Brigham City):

- Gardner Dental (Tremonton):

- Goodwin Dental (Garland):

- Kay Christensen Dental (Garland)


BEAR RIVER HEALTH DEPARTMENT’S TREMONTON LOCATION TEMPORARILY CLOSED:

In a press release dated March 31, The Bear River Health Department announced the temporary closure of their Tremonton office, located at 440 W. 600 N., Tremonton, effective April 1.

“To best utilize our staff and resources in response to COVID-19, the health department will temporarily close our Tremonton location,” the press release stated.

See the entire press release below



THE BEAR RIVER HEALTH DEPARTMENT PASSED A PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER SUPPORTING GOVERNOR HERBERT’S DIRECTIVES:

The Bear River Health Department passed an order on March 28, that supports Governor Herbert’s order issued on March 27.

The full order can be found by clicking on the link below

https://brhd.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Amended-Public-Health-Order-March-30-2020.pdf


SCHOOL BUS STOP MEAL DELIVERY OVER AS OF MARCH 27:

School buses in Box Elder School District will no longer be delivering breakfast and lunch to bus stops in the county as March 27.

The district will move to a summer meal program that is free to children 0-18.

Meals are available from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. (noon) for lunch and breakfast the next day in grab and go bags.

No breakfast on April 6

Meals will be available curbside only

Children must be there to pick up their own meals (Federal Food Program requirement)

Locations:

McKinley Elementary

Garland Elementary

Fielding Elementary

Century Elementary

Snowville School

Park Valley School (Monday to Thursday)

Alice C. Harris Intermediate

Bear River High School

Discovery Elementary

Mountain View Elementary

Three Mile Creek

Adele C. Young Intermediate School

Box Elder Middle School

Box Elder High School

For more information, click on BRVNEWS.com’s previously published article here:

NEWS – “Box Elder School District no longer delivering meals to bus stops” – March 27, 2020

COVID-19 DRIVE-THRU TESTING AT INTERMOUNTAIN HEALTHCARE FACILITIES:

Intermountain Healthcare has started drive-thru testing at several facilities in Utah, including Bear River Clinic located at The Bear River Valley Hospital in Tremonton.

Testing will be available:

Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.

For more information, click on BRVNEWS.com’s published article here:

NEWS – “Bear River Clinic now offering drive-thru COVID-19 testing” - March 31, 2020


UTAH GOVERNOR GARY HERBERT ANNOUNCES DIRECTIVES FOR INDIVIDUALS:

On March 27, the following order was issued by Governor Herbert with the following directives in place until 11:59 p.m. on April 13, 2020.

A few of those directives include:

1. Stay at home as much as possible.

2. Work from home whenever possible.

3. Encourage socializing by phone and video chats.

4. Self-quarantine for 14 days after traveling or being exposed to an individual presenting symptoms of illness consistent with COVID-19.

5. Engage in appropriate social distancing, including:

1. maintaining a 6-foot distance at all times from other individuals when in public;

2. not shaking hands with other individuals;

3. not visiting friends or family without urgent need;

4. not attending any gathering of any number of people, except for members of the same household or residence.

Children:

1. Do not attend school outside the home.

2. Do not arrange or participate in in-person playdates or similar activities.

3. Do not allow children on public playground equipment.

Time Spent Outside:

1. Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet away from another person at all times while outside.

2. Exercise outside while maintaining 6-foot distance from another person and without touching common areas.

3. Do not congregate at trailheads and other outdoor spaces.

4. Do not travel to, or participate in activities at, any of the following locations:

1. places of public amusement or public activity;

2. public swimming pools; or

3. gyms, and fitness centers.

Recreational and Outdoor Activities and Parks:

1. Remain at least six feet apart from individuals from other households while engaging in outdoor activities (e.g., walking, hiking, running, biking, driving for pleasure, hunting, or fishing).

2. Do not congregate at trailheads, parks, or other outdoor spaces.

3. Do not engage in close-contact or team sports.

4. Do not go to or engage in activities at a state park located outside the county in which you reside (the availability of national parks will be determined in consultation with the National Park Service and the county in which the park is located).

For a complete look at Herbert’s directive, click on the link here:

https://coronavirus.utah.gov/full-text-governors-stay-home-stay-safe-directive/


“UTAH LEADS TOGETHER” PLAN RELEASED BY GOVERNOR HERBERT:

The Utah Leads Together economic response plan gives structure and order in several phases was released on March 24.

The plan includes three phases of response: urgent, stabilization, and recovery. These phases are to help businesses balance the health of employees while planning imperatives vital for continuing operations.

For a complete look at that plan, click on the link here:

https://coronavirus.utah.gov/the-utah-leads-together-plan/


UTAH PUBLIC SCHOOLS DISMISSED UNTIL MAY 1:

Governor Herbert announced on March 23, that all K-12 public schools in Utah are extending their dismissal through May 1.

Individual school districts will determine what is best for their students and district.

Box Elder School District will continue with soft closures which includes online learning at home for students.


ALL UTAH RESTAURANT ORDERED TO CLOSE IN-DINING SERVICES:

The Utah Department of Health issued an order on Tuesday, March 17, that all restaurants, bars and food services in Utah suspend all dine-in operations for two weeks. This order was officially extended on April 1, until April 15.

The order took effect on Wednesday, March 18, at 11:59 p.m.

However, food establishments and restaurants can still offer drive-thru, pickup and delivery options – just no customers dining in.

The Utah Department of Health strongly recommends that customers use online and telephone transaction services to pay for meals. “Cash payments are strongly discouraged,” the statement added.

Employees that handle credit cards or cash are required to use cleaning measures between each transaction. Any employee that handles cash or credit cards “may not participate in food preparation, handling or delivery.”

For more information, click on BRVNEWS.com’s published article here:

NEWS – “Local restaurants offering takeout options during COVID-19 shutdown” – March 18, 2020


RESULTS GYM & FITNESS and BEAR RIVER STRENGTH & CONDITION CLOSED:

Both Tremonton businesses are closed until further notice, as recommended by The Bear River Health Department.

Virtural or online classes are being held. More information can be found on their Facebook pages or on their websites on the links below:

https://www.resultsgymandfitness.com/

https://bearriverstrength.com/

GATHERINGS OF 10 OR MORE PEOPLE PROHIBITED:

The Utah Department of Health issued an order on Tuesday, March 17, prohibiting gatherings of more than 10 people. This does not include grocery stores.

Businesses that have more than 10 employees are asked to implement social distancing with 6 feet or more between workers in communal areas.