Situational Updates (Timeline)
9/10/2020 - Carbon & Emery County in Green Phase
Wash Hands often for 20 seconds
Maintain social distancing in public settings
Face coverings when social distancing is difficult to maintain
Stay home if you’re sick
Symptom check encouraged prior to team sport competitions or practices
Large gatherings and venues allowed with increased hygiene measures, physical distancing, face coverings, and symptom monitoring.
Places of worship are encouraged to consider social distancing, hygiene measures, and face coverings.
All businesses open and take reasonable precautions
Dine- in service open with appropriate cleaning and hygiene measures
Follow hygiene guidelines and continue social distancing in the workplace. Wear face coverings when social distancing is not feasible
High Risk Individuals:
Do not interact with symptomatic individuals in person or engage in close contacts
Continue to follow the principles of physical distancing, enhanced hygiene practices, symptom monitoring
Use face coverings when around non-household individuals and request visitors to do the same
Increased caution when interacting with the general public, when visiting public settings, or when interacting with those not practicing physical distancing
For any travel, use appropriate precautions; avoid high-risk areas
Hygiene measures, physical distancing, face coverings, and symptom monitoring are encouraged for all group gatherings
All symptomatic children should stay home from school and childcare, and will be sent home if exhibiting any symptoms
9/10/2020 - Grand County FREE Testing Event
Attention Grand County residents! We are having a free testing event! This event will be Sept. 11 from 8AM - 2PM in our Moab Office at 575 S. Kane Creek Blvd. These events help to determine if we are having asymptomatic spread in our communities, as well as compile further data specific to our communities. Register at https://covid19testing.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9L8MUkNGmRvc7KR
8/25/2020 - Carbon County FREE Testing Event
UPDATE!! This event will begin at 10:30 AM
FREE COVID-19 testing for the community in Carbon County!
This testing event is for any individual wanting to be tested, with or without symptoms! This will be testing for current COVID-19, not an antibody test. Preregistration is encouraged.
9/8/2020 - Carbon County FREE Testing Event
Attention Carbon & Emery County residents! We are having a free testing event! This event will be Sept. 9 from 10 AM-4PM in our Price Office at 28 S. 100 E. These events help to determine if we are having asymptomatic spread in our communities, as well as compile further data specific to our communities. Register at https://covid19testing.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9L8MUkNGmRvc7KR
8/19/2020 - Grand County Mask Requirement Extension
The extension of the Public Health Order requiring masks to be worn in Grand County has been voted on and approved by the Grand County Council. This Order expires December 31, 2020.
8/19/2020 - Grand County FREE Testing Event
FREE COVID-19 testing for the community in Grand County!
This testing event is for any individual wanting to be tested, with or without symptoms! This will be testing for current COVID-19, not an antibody test. Preregistration is encouraged.
8/10/2020 - Update
Southeast Utah Health Department Announces First COVID-19 Death in Grand County
Moab, UT August 10, 2020 - The Southeast Utah Health Department (SEUHD) was notified today of the death of a Grand County resident due to COVID-19. The individual who passed away was a male over the age of 85. The individual was considered high-risk for COVID-19.
“Our sympathies go out to the family of the deceased. This is a sobering reminder of why we take the precautions that we do” said Bradon Bradford, SEUHD’s Health Officer. SEUHD would like to remind the public that COVID-19 is actively spreading throughout our communities and we encourage everyone to take precautions to protect themselves and others, especially those at high risk of becoming critically ill with COVID-19.
Carbon, Emery, and Grand Counties have seen limited transmission to this point, but cases and hospitalizations are rising and students are preparing to return to school. When in public, please use a face covering, wash your hands regularly, maintain social distancing and take other precautions to limit the spread of COVID-19.
For the most up to date information, please visit seuhealth.com or coronavirus.utah.gov.
7/7/2020 - Grand County: Masks now Mandatory
Face coverings are now a requirement for Grand County.
Wearing a face covering correctly is one of the easiest things we can do to help our local businesses and community during this challenging time.
In Grand County
Face coverings will be required:
In Public areas, including any indoor or outdoor space open to the public, where social distancing is not possible.
Face coverings will not be required:
Outdoors when social distancing is easily maintained.
Individuals age two years or under.
Individuals with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a face covering or face shield.
Individuals who are hearing impaired, or communicating with an individual who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication
When wearing a face covering would create a risk to the individual related to their work or activity.
When obtaining a service involving the nose or face.
When eating or drinking at an establishment that offers food or beverages.
When working alone in an indoor establishment.
When working indoors in a manner that consistently allows for social distancing.
The goal of this requirement is to protect the citizens of Grand County and allow the businesses to safely stay open.
7/7/2020 - Grand County FREE testing event
Attention Grand County: We will be hosting a free COVID-19 testing event on July 14th. This event is from 2-6 PM and is open to the community. Those who want to be tested are encouraged to register 24 hours in advance online.
Please contact us if you have any questions.
5/29/2020 - Grand County Update
As of today, May 29, 2020, all Public Health Orders issued by the Southeast Utah Health Department related to COVID-19 have expired and Grand County businesses will operate according the phased guidance for YELLOW found at https://coronavirus.utah.gov/utahs-%20health-guidance-system/. Individuals living in and visiting Grand County should also adhere to the guidance found in the guidance for yellow. Individuals that are considered high risk should take additional precautions.
5/28/2020 - Grand County Update
The current Public Health Order in Southeast Utah governing lodging and camping in Grand County expires tonight. Tomorrow, May 29th, Grand County will enter the Yellow Phase of Utah's Color Coded Risk Phases (Yellow Risk Guidelines). Businesses will be expected to follow the guidelines that pertain to their operations. Aside from the guidelines in the Yellow Phase, no other lodging or camping restrictions will be in place in Grand County. Federal land management agencies will oversee campgrounds according to their policies and current capacity.
We encourage residents and visitors of all our counties to wear face coverings while in public settings to help protect those around you. We remind all businesses to "design workspaces to maintain 6-foot distance between individuals. If impossible to do so, a partition must be installed for separation or a face covering must be worn."
Thanks to everybody for doing their part in keeping our communities safe and able to make this transition to the yellow/low risk phase.
Information on the yellow phase can be found at https://coronavirus.utah.gov/utahs-low-risk-phase/
Grand County is operating in the Moderate (Orange) Risk Phase, and the Public Health Order is still in effect.
You can find specific information about this phase at https://coronavirus.utah.gov/utahs-moderate-risk-phase/
Carbon & Emery Counties are operating in the Low (Yellow) Risk Phase.
You can find specific information about this phase at https://coronavirus.utah.gov/utahs-low-risk-phase/
Key Points for Moderate (Orange) Risk Phase
Social gatherings in groups of 20 while maintaining social distancing.
Leave home infrequently, stay 6 feet away from others.
Face coverings worn in public settings.
Maintain social distancing during outdoor recreation.
Limit out-of-state travel.
Spacing between immediate households, alternate schedules for smaller gatherings and stream services.
General Guidelines for Businesses:
High-contact businesses can operate under strict protocols.
Restaurant takeout, pickup or delivery encouraged. Sine-in services allowed, with extreme precautions.
Offer telework options when possible, follow strict hygiene policies, and continue social distancing in the workplace.
Face coverings worn at all times in public settings.
Limit travel to only essential travel; if telework is not possible, limit travel to work-related travel only.
Limit visiting friends or family without urgent need.
Limit physical interactions with other high-risk individuals, except for members of your household or residence.
Limit attending gatherings of any number or people outside your household or residence.
Do not visit hospitals, nursing homes, or other residential care facilities.
Do not attend school outside the home.
Do not arrange or participate in in-person playdates or similar activities.
Do not allow children on public playgrounds.
Soft closure of schools; schools may send home food.
Key Points for Low (Yellow) Risk Phase
Social gatherings in groups of 50 while maintaining social distancing.
Maintain social distancing in public settings. (6 feet)
Face coverings worn when social distancing is difficult to maintain.
Symptom check prior to team sport competitions or practices.
K-12 schools reopening anticipated for 2020/2021 school year.
Pools open with social distancing.
6-foot distance between household groups at events & entertainment venues.
Spacing between household groups, multiple meeting schedules for smaller gatherings and stream services if preferred.
General Guidelines for Businesses:
All businesses open and take reasonable precautions.
Dine-in service open with appropriate social distancing and hygiene measures.
Encourage flexible work arrangements, follow hygiene guidelines, and continue social distancing in the workplace.
Face coverings worn in settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
For any travel, use appropriate precaution; avoid high-risk areas.
Telework if possible, if not, maintain 6-foot distance.
When visiting friends or family, wear face coverings when within a 6 foot distance.
Limit physical interactions with other high-risk individuals, except for members of your household or residence.
Social interactions in groups of 10 or fewer people outside your household or residence.
Limit visits to hospitals, nursing homes, or other residential care facilities.
Maintain social distancing in public settings.
All symptomatic children should stay home from childcare, and will be send home if exhibiting any symptoms.
Limit child interaction with other children in public spaces (eg. playground equipment)
5/1/2020 - SEUHD & MRH Statement
Moab Regional Hospital (MRH) and Southeast Utah Health Department (SEUHD)
Joint Statement on COVID-19 Testing Strategy Among Community Members and Moab-Area Visitors
INTRODUCTION: At a local as well as a State and regional level, the past several weeks have demonstrated our ability to significantly reduce transmission rates of COVID-19 through widespread and large scale reduction in physical interaction. However, these actions have resulted in economic deceleration and unemployment at unprecedented levels that also may result in significant risk to public health and community well-being.
As we begin decision making that will lead to an increase in economic activity and visitation to Moab, we refocus our efforts to contain COVID-19 disease transmission through:
Contact Tracing; and
Supported Isolation of positive individuals (TTSI).
Continued attention to mitigation of disease spread through these activities will gradually replace the alternative strategy of wholesale social distancing and community-wide shelter-in-place.
GOAL: In order to enable our community to transition towards a gradual increase in visitation and economic activity while retaining our ability to respond to and contain COVID-19 disease transmission, we must achieve widespread testing of all symptomatic persons and asymptomatic screening among individuals at high risk of exposure to COVID-19.
Our ability to effectively manage this transition is contingent on our realization of widespread testing in order to accomplish:
Early Identification of positive cases among symptomatic community members and visitors
Identification of asymptomatic transmission among essential workers at higher risk of exposure
Identification and reduction of transmission through contact tracing and testing among all contacts of positive cases
STRATEGY: In order to accomplish these goals Moab Regional Hospital and the Southeast Utah Health Department recommend the following strategic testing program to include testing of symptomatic persons as well as screening for individuals in high-risk settings.
Early Diagnostic Testing for Individuals with Symptoms of COVID-19.
We encourage all Moab-area residents and visitors to call the MRH Coronavirus Hotline at 435-719-3998 to report any symptoms of COVID-19 including: Fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, chest pressure, headache, gastrointestinal distress (vomiting, diarrhea), sore throat, muscle aches, loss of taste or smell, or sneezing and allergy symptoms.
Individuals with even one mild symptom are encouraged to be tested at the MRH Respiratory Evaluation Tent after calling the hotline.
We stress the importance to all community members and visitors of reporting and seeking testing for even mild symptoms:
By getting tested, even if an individual does not themselves require medical attention, they are helping to protect their family, friends, co-workers, and the broader community by helping reduce further transmission.
Testing for COVID-19 is covered at 100% by insurance programs; additionally, available federal funding allows MRH to provide testing to uninsured individuals at no cost.
Results of COVID-19 testing are subject to HIPAA and are not disclosed without patient consent, other than to the SEUHD for purposes of disease surveillance and prevention.
Our healthcare system’s successful response to this on-going threat will depend on the community’s participation through reporting symptoms and seeking appropriate testing.
Asymptomatic Screening for Individuals in High-Risk Settings.
We recommend periodic screening of individuals in high-risk settings including for example: healthcare workers, first responders, employees of long-term care facilities, grocery and convenience store employees, etc.
Screening will include testing for acute phase infection with PCR test for COVID-19, as well as IgG antibody test of prior exposure.
Screening will be on a rotating periodic basis, with weekly ‘sampling’ of representative portions of the target high-risk groups.
Screening will be available to high-risk workers more than once on a rotating basis.
Asymptomatic individuals will NOT be advised to quarantine while awaiting results of screening tests and will be asked to isolate only in the case of a positive PCR-based test in order to reduce transmission.
A negative PCR test does not definitively exclude the possibility of an individual carrying or being able to transmit COVID-19. There is a measurable level of false negative inaccuracy with all currently available PCR tests, particularly for asymptomatic individuals. Individuals should continue to take appropriate measures such as hand hygiene and use of facial coverings to protect those with whom they interact. Individuals should also report and seek testing if they develop symptoms.
We do not at this time recommend that positive results to IgG antibody testing be used by individuals or employers to determine resource allocation or assignment such as use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). There is scientific uncertainty regarding the significance of positive antibodies, as well as a measurable level of false positive inaccuracy with all currently available antibody tests. Antibody testing over time will help us understand changes in transmission and exposure in Grand County and to plan more effectively as we seek to promote economic activity while keeping our community safe.
4/30/2020 - Grand County Amended Public Health Order
This Order shall expire May 29, 2020, at 11:59 p.m with review to take place by May 15, 2020
4/30/2020 - Carbon & Emery Counties
Individuals and businesses in Carbon and Emery Counties are instructed to follow the Phased Health Guidelines from the Utah Leads Together 2.0 Plan which can be found here. Please note at this time we are moving to the Moderate (orange) risk phase.
Five weeks ago Southeast Utah was not prepared to adequately address a COVID-19 outbreak. The Southeast Utah Health Department and hospitals located in Carbon, Emery, and Grand counties had no tests available, were lacking sufficient medical supplies and protective equipment for medical, emergency personnel, and patients, were unsure whether the transfer of critical patients outside of Southeast Utah for proper care was available, and lacked sufficient epidemiological tracking capacity.
Now, due to collaborative capacity building and preparation, the health department, Moab Regional Hospital in Grand County, and Castleview Hospital in Carbon County are confident that they have sufficient testing services, medical supplies, personal protective equipment, and tracking capabilities to transition to the Moderate Risk Phase, with locally suggested lodging restrictions in place in Grand County.
We expect an increase in cases of COVID-19 in our area as visitors enter our community. However, we believe we are prepared to care for individuals who become ill, if we are able to limit the number of people entering our community through lodging restrictions.
It is still of utmost importance that people continue to socially distance, wash hands, and use face coverings in public locations.
Amendments to be Expected May 1, 2020
TIMELINE: The order will be in effect until May 25th, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.
ALL COUNTIES: Indoor and outdoor dining is limited to 6 foot spacing between parties. Full details on the required cleaning processes and safety procedures can be found at
CARBON & EMERY COUNTIES: Removes restrictions, increased sanitation practices. Social distancing should still be practiced.
GRAND COUNTY: Available for essential visitors, primary residents of Grand County, and primary residents of Green River, Utah. Social distancing should still be practiced and no camps consisting of more than 10 people, unless all are of the same immediate family.
CARBON & EMERY COUNTIES: Removes restrictions with increased sanitation practices.
Hotels, Motels, Bed & Breakfasts, Hostels
Reservations allowed with occupancy limitations based on the size of the facility. A 72-Hour Rest Period is required based on scientific studies indicating that the COVID-19 virus can remain stable on certain surfaces for up to three (3) days (i.e., 72 hours).
0-20 rooms: full occupancy permitted.
21-50 rooms: 20 rooms plus 50% of rooms 21-50 may be occupied.
51+ rooms: 35 rooms plus 25% of rooms in excess of 51 may be occupied.
Commercial Campgrounds, Recreational Vehicle (RV) Parks
● Permissible occupancy for RV and tent sites is 50% capacity and 30% for cabins.
Short-term rentals (e.g. condos, nightly rentals, “AirBnB,” “VRBO,” etc.)
● Permissible occupancy is 100% capacity, with a 72-Hour Rest Period.
Non-Commercial Camping (primitive camping, dispersed camping, etc.)
● In Grand County, non-commercial camping shall remain closed to non-residents until the National Parks are reopened.
4/24/2020 - Contact Tracing
What happens when someone tests positive?
That person is contacted immediately by SEUHD and we do contact tracing with them. Contact tracing is finding any close contacts to this person that may be at risk for getting COVID-19. Once we identify these individuals, we then contact them to let them know of their exposure, and instruct them to quarantine and monitor for symptoms for 14 days. These close contacts are in contact with us daily updating us on their temperature and any symptoms. If that person then becomes symptomatic, they should be tested for COVID-19.
Could I be a close contact?
Close contacts are defined as someone within the positive individuals household, or someone who has been within 6 feet of that individual for a prolonged period of time. Going on a walk and talking with neighbors as you walk by is low risk. Going to a store, as long as you do not stop and chat with anyone in close proximity for an extended period of time, is low risk. Most daily activities, as long as you are practicing good social distancing, is low risk.
Wearing a mask while you are in public places or around others is very important. Washing your hands frequently and for at least 20 seconds is very important. When hand washing is not available, using hand sanitizer is recommended.
4/23/2020 - Amended Public Health Order
TIMELINE: The order will be in effect until May 1st, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. instead of May 4th, 2020
CARBON & EMERY COUNTIES: Removes restrictions. Social distancing should still be practiced.
GRAND COUNTY: No change. Available for essential visitors and primary residents of Grand County. Social distancing should still be practiced.
CARBON & EMERY COUNTIES: Removes restrictions and allows for public use. Social distancing should still be practiced and no camps consisting of more than 10 people, unless all are of the same immediate family.
GRAND COUNTY: Available for essential visitors and primary residents of Grand County. Residents of Green River, Utah may now also camp in Grand County. Social distancing should still be practiced and no camps consisting of more than 10 people, unless all are of the same immediate family. Due to Grand County’s unique status as a gateway community and popular destination, SEUHD and local officials are working on a plan very specific to the county and expect to present that plan very soon.
ALL COUNTIES: Pools used exclusively for purposes of exercise may open, under specific guidelines. Face coverings are required, except while swimming. Locker rooms & showers will be closed. A cleansing shower is required at home before entering the facility. Social distancing measures will be in place. 1 person per lane while swimming. 10 feet between individuals in a group exercise environment.
Amended Order of April 15th, 2020 - UPDATES
TIMELINE: The order will be in effect until May 4th, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.
LODGING: Lodging restrictions remain the same.
FOOD SERVICE: Food service is amended to match the order issued by the Utah Department of Health. This allows individuals to order food from inside an establishment.
BEAUTY SALONS, GYMS, TANNING FACILITIES, BODY ART, ETC: In Southeast Utah, these businesses generally do not attract tourists, but serve the local population. The amended order gives these establishments the opportunity to submit a COVID19 mitigation plan at the website www.seuhealth.com/COVID19BUSINESSPLAN beginning April 16th. Once the plan has received approval, they may begin to operate. These businesses are likewise not obligated to open. We understand that many business owners have submitted plans and encourage them to refer to those plans as they complete the form at www.seuhealth.com/COVID19BUSINESSPLAN. This will help our staff address each plan in an organized manner.
OTHER RESTRICTED BUSINESS: SEUHD recognizes that all business will open at some point. We encourage those businesses to begin forming their own plans that will help protect their employees and customers. All openings will be phased in to some degree. We will continue to work with local partners and business to determine when and how to best begin to welcome visitors back to the area and to emphasize that mitigation measures are not expected to eliminate disease transmission, but are expected to reduce transmission rates in a way that will continue to “flatten the curve”.
TESTING: In accordance with newly issued guidelines, SEUHD recommends that all individuals exhibiting at least one symptom of COVID-19 to arrange testing with their local provider or hospital. Symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, sneezing with nasal discharge, acute loss of smell or taste, or symptoms that may be consistent with seasonal allergies. Those that feel they have symptoms and need to be tested should call:
Moab Regional Hospital COVID hotline at 435-719-3998 if you live in GRAND COUNTY.
Call your local provider or call SEUHD at 435-637-3671 if you live in CARBON or EMERY COUNTIES.
RE: Clarification of upcoming renewal of order SEUHD2020-02
Question: Will this remove current social distancing guidelines?
No. We will continue to vigorously promote current social distancing guidelines. Certain businesses that have been closed will have the opportunity to implement plans that contain controls such as wearing masks, sanitizing, and dealing with a limited number of clients. These controls might allow these businesses to open on a limited basis. Each plan will be reviewed.
Question: Are there changes to lodging restrictions?
No. Current restrictions will remain in place until at least May 4th. Nevertheless, a lodging facility also needs to prepare a plan that would allow them to maintain good social distancing practices when the time comes that they do reopen. The main reason the letter was published was to give lodging facilities time to contact individuals that have reservations beginning after April 15th.
Question: Will Southeast Utah be open on May 4th?
No. However, it is important for the public to know that everyone affected by this pandemic must plan ahead for the time when Southeast Utah begins to open and to know that we are prepared for it to be a controlled and reasonable process. AS OF TODAY, WE DO NOT KNOW THE DATE THAT THIS WILL HAPPEN, BUT WHENEVER THAT DAY COMES, WE DO NOT WANT TO BE UNPREPARED. There are multiple factors that will go into that decision, including transmission rates, local caseload, statewide caseload, regional caseload, national caseload, and availability of continued testing.
NOTE: The Below is a letter to the community. This is NOT the new Public Health Order. If you are a business mentioned in this letter and would like to submit your plan, please send your plan to for review. This is a review for the end of the current Public Health Order, meaning your submission will be reviewed on or around April 15th, and you will be notified shortly thereafter.
RE: Renewal of Southeast Utah Health Department
Amended Public Health Order 2020-02
To: Carbon, Emery, and Grand Counties
As we approach the time to review the Public Health Order issued last month, I wanted to let you know what goes into the thought process and planning for how we will move forward in our area and give you a chance to plan for what we continue to ask of our community.
Let me go back a little bit to when the order was first issued. It happened extremely suddenly, which is something I both regret and know was necessary. Southeast Utah was about to see tens of thousands of tourists passing through and staying in our area. Even though the message about staying home was becoming more prevalent, it quickly became evident that people cannot seem to stay away from Southeast Utah in the springtime. Normally, that is a great boon for us, but this spring it posed a danger. Utah did not yet have good testing capacity. Utah did not have sufficient personal protective equipment (PPE). We still did not know enough about the disease. What we did know was that healthy people carried and transmitted the disease to both healthy and high-risk populations. So, that spring influx of people posed a danger to us all.
It’s important to know that, even with current social distancing guidelines, directives, and restrictions in place, we are starting to better understand how to mitigate some of those dangers and we’ve had time to properly prepare for others. I’d like to update you on some of those things: what plans are beginning to look like and how we’ll address those issues in the coming order and beyond. I would also like to remind community members that continued extreme social distancing can be as hazardous to each of our communities as a complete lack of social distancing. If COVID-19 is never introduced into the community, then people don’t build up the immunity the need and we’ll never gain what is termed “herd immunity” or the ability for enough of people to become immune to a disease that it protects those that do not have that ability. For most diseases, that is obtained through vaccination. For COVID-19, we do not yet have that option. So really, what is best for public health, is to have a controlled way of introducing disease into a community, done in such a way as to protect our most vulnerable populations and maintain the integrity of our healthcare systems.
With that in mind, here are some of the updates and plans in regards to the Southeast Utah Health Department Amended Public Health Order SEUHD2020-02:
TESTING (this will not be a part of the order, but is relevant to the order):
As of today, we have tested approximately 1% of our community in 4 weeks. We would like to test an additional 1% in the next 2 weeks. This must be done in an organized fashion and we are working with hospitals and labs to determine how it can be done. Increased testing will help us know to an even greater extent how much the disease is moving throughout our community.
HEALTHCARE CAPACITY (this will not be a part of the order, but is relevant to the order):
Our healthcare providers and their associated facilities have worked incredibly hard over the past several weeks to treat those who they would normally see, as well as those suffering from COVID-19 like symptoms. While doing this, they have also begun to implement plans about increasing their capacity. They, along with the local and state health departments, are doing everything they can to appropriately reuse PPE and order new stock when available. Generally speaking, our healthcare system knows much more about how to handle people with current symptoms and what their capacity might be in case of a local or statewide surge of patients.
EPIDEMIOLOGY (this will not be a part of the order, but is relevant to the order):
The health department has only dealt with 5 positive cases thus far, but they have been in a wide variety of unique situations and resulted in over 150 close contacts that have needed isolation or quarantine. Over 95% of this contact tracing has happened within 24 hours, greatly outpacing the 72 hours that is anticipated for most contact tracing. SEUHD staff has responded well and is prepared to continue rapid and effective contact tracing in the upcoming weeks.
COMMUNITY RESPONSE (There may be elements of this in the amended/continued order):
We want to see continued social distancing, increased use of masks in public spaces, and increased awareness of high-risk groups to reduce their social interaction. In addition, we are communicating with the National Parks about what their future looks like and how it will affect our local communities when they begin to transition to normal operations.
Expect the following to be in place until May 4th, 2020:
FOOD SERVICE RESTRICTIONS: The order issued by the Utah Department of Health will be our guide in Southeast Utah and the language in our order will mimic that of the State to the greatest extent possible. In the future, I envision opening restaurants to interior dining for 30% of capacity, growing to 50%, 75%, and 100% capacity (those numbers are not definite, but represent what a gradual return to normal might look like).
LODGING RESTRICTIONS: Current lodging restrictions will remain in place. As we near May 4th, if we continue to see positive developments in the country, some changes that could be implemented are as follows: Short-term nightly rentals reopening with no in-person check in, grocery pick-up only, groups smaller than 10 people. Campground and RV parks opening a certain % of available spaces in order to maintain social distancing guidelines. Hotels able to reserve a % of rooms while closing public spaces a limiting the ability to gather. These examples are not intended as guarantee of change but are examples of what might be necessary to implement in order to best balance health, safety, and economic concerns.
OTHER BUSINESS: I encourage every other business that has been directly closed as a result of SEUHD202-02 (salons, barber shops, nail parlors, gyms, studios, etc.) to prepare a COVID-19 mitigation plan to submit to the health department. Due to the fact that these businesses primarily serve our local population and each has an opportunity to implement appropriate measures to protect staff and patrons, submission of a plan that includes social distancing guidelines, staff protection plans, sanitation plans, etc., may result in receiving approval from SEUHD to reopen in a limited fashion. Businesses that generally cater to groups of more than 10 people (theaters, bowling alleys, etc.) are also encouraged to prepare to submit a plan for when the restriction on groups of people gathering gradually begins to lift.
Constructive feedback to this notice may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. A formal amendment to the current order will be issued next week and will be in place until May 4th.
Bradon C. Bradford, MSPH, MPA, REHS
Southeast Utah Health Department Health Officer
Governor Executive Order: State Entry
Utah will deploy a Wireless Emergency Alert for motorists entering Utah starting Friday, April 10, 2020.
What does this mean for your communities?
Following a recent executive order from Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, Utah will, for the first time, deploy a targeted wireless emergency alert (WEA) on certain highways that cross state borders into Utah. The alert will direct motorists to fill out a brief declaration, or survey, that is available at entry.utah.gov.
These are extraordinary times, and Utah is taking extraordinary measures like using this technology (which we have never used in an instance like this before). There may be some kinks here and there, but it’s absolutely essential to help us stop the spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19.
This is an effort to stay aware of people in Utah who might be at risk for spreading COVID-19. Passengers arriving at Salt Lake City International Airport will be directed to fill out the same survey before they leave the airport.
In the Southeast region there have been 324 tests completed. At this time we are at 4 positives.
1 in Grand County, 1 in Carbon County (non-resident), and 2 in Emery County.
We want our community to Stay Safe: Create a Magical Easter at Home
Easter for most is typically a time filled with outdoor recreation, camping, family gatherings, and many other group activities. This year, although it may require some changes, don’t let it ruin your time, instead, make it a time filled with new memories while you “Stay Safe & Stay Home”.
As Governor Gary Herbert stated, we should only travel if it is essential. We should not be traveling to go visit anyone. We should not have people traveling to come visit us. The Southeast Utah Health Department has a “Do and Don’t” list to follow during this time to follow the Governor's Directive to “Stay Safe, Stay Home”.
DO go on a hike, play outside, plant a garden, call/video chat with friends and family, find an online book club, practice physical activity at home, get caught up on your to-do list around the house, family game night, read a good book or go for a drive.
DON’T have playdates, go to neighbors to hang out, host Easter parties with people outside of your immediate household, go to the grocery store at peak hours for unnecessary items, enter busy businesses or places, hang out at gathering places, go to Easter Egg hunts or go on unnecessary trips.
For non-residents: Please note that the national parks within our region are closed. The State Parks in our region are closed to all residents outside of that County. Southeast Utah Health department Amended Public Health Order (SEUHD 2020-02) prohibits visitors from camping inside any of our Counties. At this time, you should only be traveling to Southeast Utah and outside of your own County for the following:
Transport a child according to existing parenting time schedules or other visitations schedules pertaining to a child in need of protective service
Care for pets or livestock
Seek medical services
Perform essential work
Returning home or to place of residence and need a place to stay overnight for rest while traveling
Castle Dale, UT April 3, 2020
SEUHD announced first positive case of COVID-19 in Emery County
COVID-19 Contact Tracing. Please remember to verify who you are talking to when you receive a call claiming to be the Health Department. If you are concerned about who you are speaking with, know there are ways to check that this call is real. You can message in here or Facebook at any time, or call our main office line during normal business hours to verify that the call is from a Health Department employee. Please see the contact tracing flow chart HERE.
Price, UT April 1, 2020
SEUHD announced first positive case of COVID-19 in Carbon County
4/1/2020 11:00 AM
The Amended Public Health Order goes into effect immediately.
Below are some key points for this update.
Closes Hair and beauty salons and parlors, nail salons, barber shops, body art establishments, massage and tanning facilities, etc. (Section 6)
Adds guidance for construction crews and sites. (Section 7)
Clarifies that residents may camp in counties of their own residence. (Section 3)
Clarifies that overnight lodging facilities may allow one-night stays for travelers with emergency needs or fatigue. (Section 3)
Expires at 11:59 p.m. on April 15th, 2020 unless renewed after further review.
Moab, UT March 27, 2020
SEUHD announced first positive case of COVID-19 in Grand County
Governor Gary Herbert recently issued a directive to all Utahan's indicating that we all need to "Stay Safe, Stay Home". The Southeast Utah Health Department recognizes that there is some flexibility built into that directive for local health departments to address unique issues in their communities. Until we have had some time to work through this new directive and to work with our elected leaders to determine how it affects Carbon, Emery, and Grand Counties, the original Public Health Order issued on March 17th, 2020 will remain in place.
We ask that every family and employer read through the directive to determine how they can best adhere to its policies.
We love our communities and know that as we work together, we will emerge healthy
and ready to support everyone who has been so seriously impacted by this disease.
Reminder: At this time in Carbon & Emery Counties: Castleview Hospital is conducting tests and there have been over 43 tests done. In Grand County: Moab Regional Hospital is conducting tests and there have been over 24 tests done.
At this time there are no confirmed positive cases in our Counties.
You can find the current testing guidance at: https://coronavirus.utah.gov/
We are very grateful to the community for doing their part in social distancing and staying home when ill. We would like to remind everybody that there are so many illnesses going around at this time, it is important to stay home if you show symptoms of any illness, to avoid getting others sick. At this time there are NO POSITIVE TESTS IN OUR COMMUNITIES. Please remember that what people say may not always be true. If you hear someone say anything about positive cases, please know you can reach out to us to verify accuracy. If/when one of our communities do get a positive case, we will announce that and make the community aware on our website and social media platforms. Thank you all for your cooperation in this difficult time.
SEUHD is working very hard to keep the community informed and safe; at this time we would like the community to know that there are no confirmed positive cases in Carbon, Emery, or Grand Counties. We would like to thank everybody for doing their own part in keeping all of our communities safe. Everything from staying home while sick, limiting time spent in public, and checking in with neighbors who may need a little extra help at this time. We live in amazing communities and we appreciate the help and support by you all at this time.
General FAQ sheet for our community.
Situational Update & key points for community to keep in mind.
Providers in Carbon, Emery and Grand Counties are following the sample collection guidance regarding testing for COVID-19. This does mean that, based on individual circumstance, some people will not get tested for that specific virus. However, in coordination with the Southeast Utah Health Department, providers from all three counties are regularly sending samples to the Utah State Public Health Laboratory and other capable labs. At the time of this statement, none of those tests have come back positive.
Situational Update & key points for community to keep in mind.
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.
Procedures for those returning to the area from China.
Southeast Utah Health Department (SEUHD) is working closely with all local medical providers, as well as with the Utah Department of Health and Center for Disease Control to monitor the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). We are also working with local public safety agencies, first responders, and community leaders to ensure a unified response to any potential response risk. There are currently no cases of COVID-19 originating in Utah. At this time we are asking for anyone who is ill with COVID-19 like symptoms (fever and/or cough/lower respiratory issues) to call your provider or health department and describe your symptoms and any travel history, BEFORE you go visit their office.
SEUHD: 435-637-3671. 24 hour line to Epi Utah: 1-888-EPI-UTAH.
As with any illness, we encourage individuals to maintain strong hygiene practices, as well as if you are feeling ill to remain at home whenever possible, to reduce the spread of disease.
Again, we would like to remind everybody that our communities are all working together to plan for all different situations that may arise. The health and safety of our communities are most important, and that is our focus.
Coronavirus - Fact vs Fiction
A letter from Dr. Travis Engar, DO