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 (SWUPHD) over the past two weeks, mostly in Washington County. While Iron County also has active cases being investigated, Beaver, Garfield, and Kane counties currently have no known active cases of COVID-19.

“In Utah, we have a 99% recovery rate for those infected with COVID-19”, states Dr. David Blodgett, SWUPHD Health Officer. “However, people over age 60 or those with underlying health problems are more likely to have complications or be hospitalized. That’s why it’s so important for them to have limited contact with others and for the rest of us to keep things running while protecting them.”

The SWUPHD encourages all residents to follow Governor Herbert’s directives. Southwest Utah is currently under Yellow (low-risk) guidelines, although individuals and businesses should still keep at least 6 feet between people or household groups (masks should be worn in close range of others). High-risk people should continue Red precautions until further notice, including wearing masks when in public.

“It’s impressive how our local officials, schools, hospitals, and businesses have responded during this difficult time,” says Dr. Blodgett. “Many people in our community have stepped up to serve each other and find creative solutions. Our hospitals remain below critical capacity and COVID-19 testing is widely available. We hope to see our case rates decrease in the near future as we continue social distancing, which remains our most important effort in dealing with the virus and keeping our vulnerable residents safe. This is also a time for patience and tolerance as we deal the best we can with uncertainty.” 

Local COVID-19 case reports and updates can be found online at swuhealth.org/covid and at swuhealth on Facebook.

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The mission of the Southwest Utah Public Health Department is to protect the community’s health through the promotion of wellness and the prevention of disease. Visit our website at  www.swuhealth.org

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 should seek immediate medical care, or dial 9-1-1). Contact your healthcare provider  or CLICK HERE to find a testing location near you. You can also:

  • Call the Utah COVID-19 Information Line: 1-800-456-7707
  • Visit Intermountain Healthcare’s COVID-19 Symptom Checker – LINK

 

Funerals

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 restrictions are lifted. This could include recording or live-streaming technology, or families could also be encouraged to plan a larger memorial service or celebration of life at a later date. A small graveside service could also include members of the deceased’s immediate family who live in the same household, a clergy member, and a funeral home staff.

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.
  • All employees should wash their hands frequently throughout the business day.
  • Sanitizer should be available at each workstation and throughout the establishment.
  • Lobbies and waiting areas should be closed; clients may wait in their vehicles until a station is ready.
  • Social distancing (minimum of 6 feet between any people besides the worker and client) should be implemented between workstations.
  • All chairs, tools, and supplies should be sanitized after serving each client.
  • The establishment (including doors, lobbies, and high-touch surfaces) should be cleaned frequently.
  • Management should ensure daily (and at the beginning of each shift) that no employees have symptoms of illness (including cough, fever, shortness of breath). Employees showing any signs of illness should not report to work or should be sent home immediately if they become symptomatic during the day.
  • Cash payments are discouraged. Staff who handle cash or credit card payments should use cleaning measures between each transaction. Use online payment options when possible.
  • Clients and customers should be screened by phone or in person before entering the establishment for any symptoms of illness and should be asked to reschedule if they are sick or have been ill recently. Clients over age 60 should be asked to postpone their visit until restriction are lifted.