COVID-19 (New Coronavirus) 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 the latest updates and case counts at swuhealth.org/covid.

Archived Updates

St. George Marathon Charity Entries


Foundation

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 have entries available for $125; the marathon registration fee is separate. If interested, please contact:

Jeff Shumway

phone: (435) 986-2585

email: jshumway@swuhealth.org

Holiday Hours

Beaver

We will be closed the following days:

Thursday, November 28th and Friday, November 29th.

Tuesday, December 3rd.

Tuesday, December 24th and Wednesday, December 25th.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020.


Cedar City

We will be closed the following days:

Thursday, November 28th and Friday, November 29th.

Tuesday, December 3rd.

Tuesday, December 24th and Wednesday, December 25th.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020.


Kanab

We will be closed the following days:

Thursday, November 28th and Friday, November 29th.

Tuesday, December 3rd.

Tuesday, December 24th and Wednesday, December 25th.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020.


Panguitch

We will be closed the following days:

Thursday, November 28th and Friday, November 29th.

Tuesday, December 3rd.

Tuesday, December 24th and Wednesday, December 25th.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020.


St. George

We will be closed the following days:

Thursday, November 28th and Friday, November 29th.

Tuesday, December 3rd.

Tuesday, December 24th and Wednesday, December 25th.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020.

Accepted Insurances

The Southwest Utah Public Health Department currently accepts and bills to the following insurance companies.

Please verify your plan benefits with your insurance company before receiving services and bring your insurance card with you when visiting the health department.


Aetna

DMBA (Deseret Mutual)

Select Health

PEHP

United Health

Tall Tree

Educators Mutual

Healthy Premier

Medicaid

Medicare

Cigna

E-Cigarette Health Advisory

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a health advisory regarding severe lung disease and the use of e-cigarettes.

Click HERE to read it

 


Click HERE to learn more about e-cigarettes with our Clearing the Vapor course.

Free A1C Testing – November 2018

Get your FREE A1C test to screen for Diabetes and Prediabetes
In support of National Diabetes Month, the Southwest Utah Public Health Department is offering FREE A1C testing to screen for diabetes and prediabetes during the month of November. To qualify for the free screening you must be a resident of either Washington, Iron, Kanab, Garfield, or Beaver County. You do not need to make an appointment, but be sure to check your local public health clinic hours of operation. Clinic hours vary by location.
The A1C test involves a simple finger prick and you will know your results within a few minutes. The results will place you in either the range of normal, prediabetic, or diabetic.
It is estimated that one-fourth of people with diabetes are unaware they have it, and 90% of people with preidabetes are unaware of their condition. Left untreated, these health conditions can lead to very serious health problems down the road. That is why it is so important to be screened for diabetes and prediabetes. Plan to get your FREE A1C test in November!

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 Disease Control (CDC) recommends vaccination for everyone over 6 months of age in order to reduce the risk of influenza infection and serious complications.

Kane County residents receive flu shots at no cost and can participate in the event closest to them:

Big Water: September 11 (Tuesday, 2:30-3:30pm Utah time), Town Hall

Alton: September 13 (Thursday, 2-3pm), LDS Church

Duck Creek: September 13 (Thursday, 3:30-4:30pm), across from Trophy Real Estate

Orderville: September 19 (Wednesday, 3-4:30pm), LDS Church

Bullfrog: September 20 (Thursday, 3-6pm). Lake Powell School

September 21 (Friday, 10-11am), Offshore Marina

Kanab: October 13 (Saturday, 9am-1pm), Kane County Health Fair at the Middle School

Save time by printing the consent form found HERE. Fill it out and bring it to the Shoot-out and don’t forget to wear a short-sleeved shirt. Although the vaccinations are free to Kane County residents, we ask that you bring your insurance cards, if you have them, to assist with costs.

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. “Every year, dozens of people in our district are vaccinated after actual or
suspected exposure to rabid animals. Once a person shows symptoms, the disease is nearly
always fatal.”

Human cases of rabies in the United States are rare, with only one to three cases reported
annually. Some of those cases were infected outside of the country.

Rabies is a deadly virus spread to people from the saliva of infected animals. In the US, those
animals include bats, coyotes, foxes, raccoons, and skunks. Cases in domestic dogs and cats are
fewer in number due to vaccination programs, but can still occur. Most of rabies cases
identified in southwest Utah occur in bats or animals that have been bitten by bats.

To avoid rabies infection:

  • Back off and don’t touch any wild animal that lets you get close to it or seems sick.
  • Seek immediate medical care if you’ve been bitten by any animal. If the animal can be
    contained or captured without further injury to yourself or others, do so. It can then be
    tested for rabies to determine if you should receive rabies shots.
  • Seek immediate medical attention if you may have been exposed to an animal suspected
    of having rabies, even if you’re unsure you were bitten. If you have physical contact with
    a bat or awaken to find a bat in the room, assume you’ve been bitten. Consultation with a
    doctor and the SWUPHD can determine if vaccinations are a good idea based on the
    circumstances of your situation.
  • Vaccinate your pets against rabies.
  • Visit swuhealth.org/rabies for more information and resources.

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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

Bat Tests Positive for Rabies (06-11-18)