COVID-19 LOCAL UPDATE - May 8, 2020

BOX ELDER COUNTY – By Cari Doutre - May 8, 2020

A complied and updated list of local information, closures, statistics and more during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic and shutdown as of May 8, 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 May 8, 2020:

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

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

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

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

- A total of (5,724) confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Utah

- (61) 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 DOWNGRADES TO A MODERATE RISK PHASE

Utah Governor Gary Herbert said during a press conference on April 24, that the state is now considered a “moderate risk” phase and no longer a “high risk” phase.


NEW - SOME RESTRICTIONS LIFTED IN UTAH; GOOD NEWS FOR RESTAURANTS

Governor Herbert announced on April 28, the Utah Leads Together 2.0 plan and lifted some restrictions for the state and for businesses.

NEWS - "Utah lifts some restrictions, good news for local restaurants" - April 30, 2020

One of the restrictions that was lightly lifted includes large gatherings or groups of individuals. The state of Utah now restricts that group gatherings are to be less than 20 individuals. It was previously set at 10.

Find the complete Utah Leads Together 2.0 plan by clicking on the link below.

https://coronavirus-download.utah.gov/Governor/UtahLeads%20April2020%20v20%20(2).pdf

Starting Friday, May 1, restaurants in Utah can now allow customers to dine-in but must follow guidelines and restrictions set by the state. A few of those restrictions include:

- Tables and chairs must be reconfigured to maintain a six-foot distance between others.

- Employees at Utah restaurants must also have their temperatures taken prior to working and be checked for COVID-19 symptoms.

- All employees at restaurants are also required to wear a face mask.

The Bear River Health District is following the same guidelines and restrictions.


NEW - "A MASK FOR EVERY UTAHN" INITIATIVE ANNOUNCED

On Tuesday, April 28, the state of Utah announced their newest initiative, “A Mask for Every Utahn” to help provide Utah residents with a cloth face mask. The state is strongly recommending that all residents to wear a covering over their mouths and noses when out in public to help prevent further spreading of COVID-19 (coronavirus).

NEWS - "Everybody gets a mask! 'A Mask for Every Utahn' initiative announced" - April 29, 2020

The state of Utah will provide one mask to each resident that needs one, but added that they “particularly welcome” orders from those who either don’t already have a face mask, aren’t able to make a face mask or get one from someone, and aren’t able to purchase a face mask.

To order a mask, click on the link here https://coronavirus.utah.gov/mask/ and fill out an online order form. Only one shipment will be sent to each Utah residence and there is a maximum of six masks per Utah residential address. Masks will be mailed only to Utah addresses.


NEW – GOLDEN SPIKE NATIONAL HISTORIC PARK CANCELS ANNUAL EVENT:

Fans of the Golden Spike National Historic Park's annual commemorative ceremony, held on May 10, were disappointed to find out this year's event has been cancelled. The announcement was made on April 27.

NEWS - "Golden Spike's May 10, commemorative event cancelled" - April 27, 2020


NEW – TREMONTON CITY LIBRARY OPENS TO THE PUBLIC:

Tremonton City Library made the announcement that starting May 4, the library will once again be open to the public - but with a few strict guidelines and policies such as:

- Face masks or coverings of the mouth and nose are mandatory

- Social distancing practices required (6 feet away from others)

- No school age children without direct parental supervision

- No events or meeting rooms are available until further notice

- The library will limit the number of patrons inside the library

More information can be found at the Tremonton City Library's website HERE.


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