Entries by Ashley H.

Local Closures

Southwest Utah Public Health Department  Local Closures Updated April 14, 2020 The Southwest Utah Public Health Department has implemented Utah’s State Public Health Directives for COVID-19, which makes allowances for outdoor recreation in household groups or individuals who maintain social distancing from others. Utah’s State Parks remain open to county residents. Garfield County Closures Bryce […]

Getting Tested

Southwest Utah Public Health Department Guidelines for Getting Tested for COVID-19 Updated April 15, 2020 You can now get tested for COVID-19 if you have even mild symptoms, including one or more of these: fever, cough, shortness of breath, muscle aches/pain, loss of taste or smell, or sore throat (if you are having difficulty breathing, you […]


Southwest Utah Public Health Department  Guidelines for Funerals Updated April 1, 2020 The SWUPHD is providing the following guidance for funeral services based on Utah’s State Public Health Directives. Funeral homes should work with the family of the deceased to identify how to honor their loved one without a physical gathering for a funeral service until […]

Hair and Nail Salons

Southwest Utah Public Health Department Guidelines for Hair & Nail Salons, Barbers, Tanning Salons, Massage, & Body Art Studios Updated April 9, 2020 Utah’s State Public Health Directive recommends that individuals avoid the businesses & services listed above until further notice. If these businesses and services remain open, they should follow these guidelines: Consider appointment-only services. […]

COVID-19-Related Death of Resident

NEWS RELEASE – (03/27/2020) Southwest Utah Reports COVID-19-Related Death of Resident ST. GEORGE, UT – The Southwest Utah Public Health Department (SWUPHD) is reporting the COVID-19-related death of a local resident. The woman, an older adult under the age of 60, passed away yesterday in a Salt Lake area hospital. She had significant underlying health […]

COVID-19 Archives

Public health agencies are closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus (COVID-19) that was first detected in China in December 2019 and continues to expand in a growing number of countries, including the United States. COVID-19 was declared a pandemic on March 11th, 2020. Visit our main COVID-19 page for […]

March 12, 2020 COVID-19 Announcements for Utah

Announcements from Gov. Gary R. Herbert, the Utah COVID-19 Community Task Force, the Utah Department of Health, and the Utah Association of Local Health Departments These proactive measures to limit the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Utah communities are effective for the next two weeks beginning on Monday, March 16, 2020. At that time, […]

COVID-19 Update for Southwest Utah

NEWS RELEASE – (03/11/2020) COVID-19 Update for Southwest Utah WASHINGTON, IRON, KANE, BEAVER, & GARFIELD COUNTIES, UT –  The spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) has met the criteria to be declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). Although there have been no confirmed community-spread cases of COVID-19 in the five counties served […]

COVID-19 Patient Released from Hospital

NEWS RELEASE – (03/06/2020) COVID-19 Patient Released from Hospital ST. GEORGE, UT –  At the direction of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a patient who has tested positive for COVID-19, but has had no symptoms,  has been released from the hospital. The individual was infected outside of the United States and has […]