COVID-19 Spike Taxing Smaller Communities In Northern Utah

Nov 16, 2020, 6:20 PM | Updated: 7:56 pm

LOGAN, Utah – Health officials and medical workers have struggled to keep up with the surge in COVID-19 patients in the smaller communities of northern Utah, just weeks after reporting low infection rates.

Officials with the Bear River Health Department said they’re being stretched thin and need help from everyone. With the Thanksgiving holiday approaching, it was not time to let their guard down.

Epidemiologist Caleb Harrison said it wasn’t just the larger cities, like Logan, that were struggling.

Box Elder County reported a higher infection rate per capita than Cache County, and they were in the low infection category not that long ago.

“The past week, we’ve seen on average about 177 new cases come in each day,” said Harrison.

He said those are high numbers for the northern tip of Utah.

“Really in the past two months, we’ve started to see that exponential growth that stayed pretty constant,” Harrison said.

Cases at Utah State University represented a chunk of that, he said, and so far, the recent “Halloween Catastrophe 5” dance party has had 16 cases tied back to it. However, Harrison said the spread was happening all over.

“What we’ve seen, is that the number of cases that are due to social transmission,” Harrison said. “So someone reports that they were in contact with a friend, or someone that was in their social circle who tested positive.”

That spread often then continues within households. The increase in spread means health departments have to get creative to keep up.

“Just today, we trained all of our staff on contact tracing,” Harrison said.

While their whole staff was stepping up, officials asked everyone else to again, social distance, mask up and minimize interactions with people outside of their household.

Harrison said they’ve been hearing from a lot of event organizers who have recently canceled.

The promoter of that Halloween party has announced another one in January at the same venue. He did not respond to KSL’s attempts to reach out.

The owner of the venue, Castle Manor, however, said that no final plans have been made due to current conditions. The statement read in full:

In regards to the catastrophe dance held at our venue. We were not the host for this event, but as the venue, we ensured that the city permit was obtained and the health department was given a copy of the event management template. The hosts required masks and constantly reminded any guests who had chosen to remove their mask, to replace them and wear them properly. 

In regards to a future event, no final plans have been made based on the current status of COVID cases in Cache County. 

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Coronavirus Utah

CDC Covid Community Map Levels as of May 18th, 2022. (Credit: CDC)...
Michael Houck, KSL TV

Summit County is considered ‘medium risk’ for COVID-19 by the CDC

The CDC list Summit County as the only "yellow" risk county in Utah for COVID-19, breaking Utah's all green risk status. 
1 day ago
The lawn of Timpanogos Regional Hospital was adorned with flags to honor the lives lost to COVID-19...
Ashley Moser, KSL TV

Hospital ceremony honors survivors, healthcare heroes as U.S. hits one million COVID-19 deaths

The lawn of Timpanogos Regional Hospital was adorned with flags to honor the lives lost to COVID-19, those who survived it, and the caregivers and healthcare workers who cared for the sick.
2 days ago
Ladd Egan, KSL TV

Mixed results for food drive while demand for assistance stays high

After a two-year break because of the pandemic, the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive returned on Saturday with mixed results.
3 days ago
The Conference Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City for a yo...
Lauren Steinbrecher, KSL TV

Young adults pack Conference Center, overflow seating with largest crowds since pandemic

Thousands gathered at the Conference Center and overflow seating in Temple Square for a big event that hasn’t taken place with this many people in-person, since before the start of the pandemic.
3 days ago
FILE: Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 (left) and Moderna COVID-19 (right) vaccines are seen at a vaccinati...
Matt Rascon, KSL TV

Vaccinated make up nearly 39% of omicron deaths in Utah

Since the availability of the vaccine, those without a shot have made up the greatest portion of people who have died from COVID. That hasn’t changed. But since the start of the omicron variant, the percentage of vaccinated people who are dying has gone up significantly.
6 days ago
A mobile team with the Salt Lake County Health Department administers COVID-19 vaccines at Rancho M...
Ken Fall, KSL TV

Are you over 50 or heading out of town? Get a 2nd COVID-19 booster, Utah doctor says

With COVID-19 rates rising in Utah and throughout most of the country, public health officials are most concerned about people over 50 and the immunocompromised. 
7 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Earth day 2022...

How Are You Celebrating Earth Day 2022? | 4 Simple Ways to Celebrate Earth Day and Protect the Environment

Earth Day is a great time to reflect on how we can be more environmentally conscious. Here are some tips for celebrating Earth Day.
Get Money Online...

More Ways to Get Money Online Right Now in Your Spare Time

Here are 4 easy ways that you can get more money online if you have some free time and want to make a little extra on the side.
Lighting trends 2022...

Lighting Trends 2022 | 5 Beautiful Home Lighting Trends You Can Expect to See this Year and Beyond

This is where you can see the latest lighting trends for 2022 straight from the Lightovation Show at the Dallas World Trade Center.
What Can't You Throw Away in the Trash...

What Can’t You Throw Away in the Trash? | 5 Things You Shouldn’t Throw in to Your Trash Can

What can't you throw away in the trash? Believe it or not, there are actually many items that shouldn't be thrown straight into the trash.
Make Money Online Easily...

4 Ways that You Can Make Money Online Easily in Just a Few Clicks

Here are 4 ways that you can make money online easily in no time at all! Some are as simple as just a few clicks away.
tips to winterize your home...
Bonneville Digital SLC

Tips to Winterize Your Home | The Top 5 Ways You Can Prepare for the Cold Utah Winter Ahead

Before the snow hits, here are the top 5 tips to winterize your home to prepare for the cold Utah winter this year.
COVID-19 Spike Taxing Smaller Communities In Northern Utah