COVID-19 LOCAL UPDATE - April 27, 2020

BOX ELDER COUNTY – By Cari Doutre - April 27, 2020

A complied and updated list of local information, closures, statistics and more during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic and shutdown as of April 27, 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 27, 2020:

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

- (1) COVID-19 related death in Bear River Health Department's district

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

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

- A total of (4,233) confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Utah

- (41) 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 – UTAH PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO REMAIN CLOSED:

Utah Governor Gary Herbert announced on April 14, 2020 that all public schools in Utah are to remain dismissed or under a soft closure, for the remaining 2019-2020 school year.

NEWS - "Schools in Utah to remain closed for remainder of the school year" - April 14, 2020


Box Elder School District offered further clarity for online learning. Read that article below.

NEWS - "District offers further clarification for online learning" - April 17, 2020


NEW - UTAH HIGH SCHOOL ACTIVITIES ASSOCIATION CANCELS SPRING SPORTS:

On April 15, the UHSAA officially cancelled all spring 2020 high school sports following Governor Herbert's announcement the day before.


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. 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/


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


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.