CORONAVIRUS UTAH

Summit County Extends Public Health Orders Through May 1

Apr 7, 2020, 5:31 PM | Updated: 5:33 pm
Main Street in Park City was empty on March 27, as a stay-at-home order went into effect in Summit ...
Main Street in Park City was empty on March 27, as a stay-at-home order went into effect in Summit County.

PARK CITY, Utah – Officials with the Summit County Board of Health have extended three public health orders through May 1 to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Only Salt Lake County had more confirmed cases of COVID-19 than Summit County on Tuesday. There were 807 cases in Salt Lake County and 265 in Summit County, according to numbers released by the Utah Department of Health.

The orders ban eating inside restaurants and close business and places where the public gathers, prohibit gatherings of 10 or more people and require all residents to stay home.

The three orders previously expired on different days. The Summit County Board of Health aligned the orders during Monday night’s meeting.

“This decision was made to eliminate confusion and provide a consistent, congruent expiration date for these orders,” said Summit County Health Director Rich Bullough. “We are doing all we can in coordination with our health care system to aggressively fight COVID-19 in Summit County and we are making progress.”

The orders will be reviewed before they are set to expire on May 1. Bullough said they can be extended again based on how the disease progresses.

“We will continue to look at when and how we can resume regular business operations and day-to-day life as the outlook allows,” he said. “If we do this too soon, however, we’ll be right back where we started.”

Here is a look at the individual orders:

  • 2020-1: Order prohibiting dine-in food service and the closure of resorts, restaurants, taverns, bars, entertainment venues, fitness and exercise facilities, spas, churches, and other businesses in which people tend to gather.
  • 2020-2: Order prohibiting gatherings of more than 10 people, restrictions and limitations for commercial and residential building and construction worksites, restrictions and limitations to hair, nail and tanning salons, physical therapy clinics and services.
  • 2020-3: Stay at home order requiring all businesses and residents to stay at home and cease non-essential travel and operations, prohibiting visitor travel to Summit County.

See the latest information from the state’s Coronavirus Task Force here.


Coronavirus Resources

How Do I Prevent It?

The CDC has some simple recommendations, most of which are the same for preventing other respiratory illnesses or the flu:

  • Avoid close contact with people who may be sick
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Always wash your hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

How To Get Help

If you’re worried you may have COVID-19, you can contact the Utah Coronavirus Information Line at 1-800-456-7707 to speak to trained healthcare professionals. You can also use telehealth services through your healthcare providers.

Additional Resources

If you see evidence of PRICE GOUGING, the Utah Attorney General’s Office wants you to report it. Common items in question include toilet paper, water, hand sanitizer, certain household cleaners, and even cold medicine and baby formula. Authorities are asking anyone who sees price gouging to report it to the Utah Division of Consumer Protection at 801-530-6601 or 800-721-7233. The division can also be reached by email at consumerprotection@utah.gov.

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Summit County Extends Public Health Orders Through May 1