Entries by David Heaton

Southwest Utah COVID-19 Update

News Release (May 27, 2020)  Southwest Utah COVID-19 Update SOUTHWEST UTAH – The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact Southwest Utah since the first positive case was reported in the five-county district on March 6th, 2020. An average of 11 positive COVID-19 test results have been reported per day to the Southwest Utah Public Health Department […]

Best Practices for Businesses

Adapted from coronavirus.utah.gov/business COVID-19 Prevention in the Workplace The highest priority of any business is to protect the health, safety, and life of employees and clients. Every decision emanates from that single objective, including guidelines employees have within their places of business, the flexibility and encouragement they are given to attend to their own health […]

St. George Marathon Charity Entries

The Southwest Utah Public Health Foundation is an official charity for the St. George Marathon and has been allocated a certain number of marathon entries. Runners who were not selected through the lottery can donate funds to the Foundation and be eligible to receive a guaranteed entry in to the 2019 St. George Marathon. We […]


Recently, in the Southwest Utah district, there have been several pets diagnosed with Leptospirosis. Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease that affects humans and animals. It is caused by bacteria of the genus Leptospira. In humans, it can cause a wide range of symptoms, some of which may be mistaken for other diseases. Some infected persons, however, […]


January 31, 2019: Recently, a laboratory confirmed case of Mumps was identified in an elementary student in Washington County.The Southwest Utah Public Health Department is monitoring the case and will provide any essential updates on this page. Mumps is best known for the puffy cheeks and swollen jaw that it causes. This is a result […]

Kane County “Flu Shootouts”

The Southwest Utah Public Health Department (SWUPHD) will be holding its annual Flu Shoot-outs in Kane County starting in September. Residents can get a free flu shot while helping the SWUPHD and community partners practice their emergency pandemic response plans. The Shootouts are held throughout the five-county district before flu season arrives. The Centers for […]

Bat Tests Positive for Rabies

News Release (06/11/2018) Bat Tests Positive for Rabies WASHINGTON COUNTY, UT – The Southwest Utah Public Health Department (SWUPHD) is reporting a recent human exposure to a bat which was infected with rabies. The individual is receiving preventive vaccination. “Rabies vaccine is very effective when given soon enough”, says Dr. David Blodgett, SWUPHD Health Officer. […]

Rabies Article

By David W. Blodgett, MD, MPH SWUPHD Director & Health Officer   I sometimes have the opportunity to speak to local middle school-aged students about how various diseases spread.  Knowing this can make all the difference in keeping disease from spreading and avoiding infection in the first place. One of the points I always make […]

E. coli Bacteria Risks

Update: Health Advisory: By Order of the Health Officer: Drinking, swimming, or other contact with the water at Nisson Park in Washington City, Utah is not  recommended, while the water is being tested for possible E. coli contamination. As more information becomes available, it will be posted this website.   Recent news about E. coli outbreaks […]