NEWS - "Box Elder County COVID-19 update - August 16, 2020"

BOX ELDER COUNTY – By Cari Doutre – August 16, 2020

The country, and Utah, is now nearing their fifth month of government restrictions, business closures and new guidelines in this new normal - a COVID-19 society. Updated information, news and statistics are changing everyday during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. So where does Box Elder County and Utah stand now when it comes to positive case counts, color-coded phases and the latest news during the COVID-19 pandemic?

That updated information can be found below gathered by


The Bear River Health Department (Box Elder, Cache and Rich counties) and The Utah Department of Health both update statistics daily.

Here’s where Box Elder County and Utah case counts and statistics are as of Sunday, August 16, 2020.

Box Elder County:

- 400 confirmed cases of COVID-19

- Zero (0) currently hospitalized

- 295 recovered

- Two (2) deaths

Cache County:

- 1,973 confirmed cases of COVID-19

- Two (2) currently hospitalized

- 1,752 recovered

- Five (5) deaths

Rich County:

- 9 confirmed cases of COVID-19

- 0 currently hospitalized

- 6 recovered

- 0 deaths

Utah Department of Health:

- 46,652 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Utah

- 2,771 (total, not current) hospitalizations

- 598,527 tested

- 363 deaths


"With each week that passes, the end of COVID is in sight. In this message, I would like to lay out a general timeline with one or two brief and temporary hurdles that we will need to pass over. First, we have seen a steady decline in our 7 day positivity rate as indicated in the chart shown over the last 6 weeks.

We have observed very carefully the development and progress of a COVID-19 vaccine. There are 5 or 6 leading pharmaceutical companies that have shown very promising results as they move into their final stage of mass testing. Once the safety and effectiveness of these vaccines has been established, the anticipation is that a vaccine could begin to roll out as soon as November or December, with ample vaccine being available as we move into the first of 2021. The Bear River Health Department has begun the planning for how this mass vaccination campaign can be done as effectively and efficiently as possible.

Until a vaccine is here, we will continue our efforts of keeping our numbers low. We recognize that school openings are upon us and we will assist Utah State University, our local school districts, our charter schools, and our private schools in giving them the assistance they may need. It is important that our school immunizations are up to date. Simultaneously, we also know that flu season will be here shortly. Getting our flu shots early will help in isolating our efforts against COVID-19 since both of these diseases can have similar symptoms.

Remember, most of our efforts that include quarantine, physical distancing, and mask wearing are important tools in staving off the spread of COVID and are all temporary interventions. The end is in sight and we will continue to make advances in science and medicine in the win over COVID. Thank you for all of your efforts and willingess to help by doing your part to prevent the spread of this disease." - Lloyd Berentzen, Executive Director – Bear River Health Department


Students within Box Elder School District were informed on July 15, 2020 that school will be back in session on August 31. Read's full coverage below:


Logan City (Cache County) released an executive order on August 1, 2020 that mandates face coverings within the city of Logan.


Utah Governor Gary Herbert declared a state of emergency on March 6, in response to outbreak of COVID-19.

Utah then released a color-coded health guidance system soon after for individuals and businesses.

Utah stayed in the Red Phase (high risk) before moving to the Orange Phase on May 1. Color-coded phases can be different according to individual county, region, city or health districts.

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Courtesy of The Utah Department of Health

Utah moved to the Yellow Phase (low risk) on May 16. The move from Orange Phase (moderate risk) to Yellow Phase was made after the state determined “Utah’s efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 have been working,” stated the Utah Department of Health's website.

“Finding a new normal won’t be instant, like flipping a switch, it’ll be more like gradually moving a dial,” it added.


Box Elder County is currently in the Yellow Phase. This low risk phase loosens some restrictions while still mandating guidelines where needed.

General guidelines allow for groups of 50 individuals at a time but still strongly encourage social distancing with six feet of space per person, if possible, in public settings.

All businesses in Utah are allowed to open but must take “reasonable precautions” depending on the type of business.

Restrictions on outdoor summer activities was also lifted but some guidelines are still in place. Swimming pools can open but with social distancing guidelines to be followed. Team sports is also back in business however all participants must have symptoms checked prior to competitions or practices.

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