CORONAVIRUS UTAH

Utah Governor Extends ‘Stay Safe, Stay Home’ Directive Through April

Apr 9, 2020, 2:18 PM | Updated: 3:25 pm
Gov. Gary Herbert speaks during a press conference April 2, 2020....
Gov. Gary Herbert speaks during a press conference April 2, 2020.

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Utah Governor Gary Herbert has extended his Stay Safe, Stay  Home directive through the end of April to help in the effort to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

The directive was first issued for two weeks, on March 27. Herbert said the decision would be reevaluated after the two weeks.

He made the announcement of the extension at the his daily briefing Thursday with the Utah Department of Health.

With Easter weekend coming up, Herbert asked Utahns to refrain from gatherings with family and friends to celebrate the holiday. He said continuing to stay home and away from others would help limit the spread of coronavirus.

The governor also invited Utahns of all faiths to participate in the global fast requested by President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

 


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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Utah Governor Extends ‘Stay Safe, Stay Home’ Directive Through April