On November 17, 2020 Bear River Health Department introduced an additional dashboard for COVID-19 data in our health district. The new dashboard includes a 7-day average of cases, shows case trends, shows cases per capita, and shows total tests performed. Case counts on the new dashboard will be shown by sample collection date and can be determined by hovering over the 2-week trend graph. Case counts will backfill to the sample collection date as the data is received from the testing laboratories.
Current hospitalizations will no longer be shown due to the difficulty in providing accurate and timely information. Total hospitalizations will be shown instead. Recoveries are estimated by counting the number of cases that tested positive over 14 days ago, excluding deaths.
Cases do not include positive antibody tests or presumed cases – only active infections as verified by PCR or antigen tests. To see the number of cases in Utah, and a more detailed dashboard that includes statistics on hospitalizations, comorbidities, and age ranges, click HERE. To see the number of cases worldwide, click HERE.
The old dashboard will provide the data that you are used to. The new dashboard is interactive and may take a few seconds to load – please be patient.
Both dashboards show cumulative data since the beginning of the pandemic.
We are reporting 112 cases on Wednesday January 20. We currently have 17,522 total cases in our health district. The table below separates the total cases by county. Please note that the district total and the totals by county will not always match. Some cases that are still being investigated are missing county data. This will be added during the case investigation and totals will be updated accordingly.
Automated Case Investigation and Contact Tracing
The Utah Department of Health and Utah’s local health departments are using a new automated case investigation and contact tracing program. We will start using this system January 6, 2021. This new program will help us reach people who have tested positive or been exposed to COVID-19 faster.
If you test positive or have been exposed to COVID-19 you may receive a text or email from Utah public health contact tracing teams that includes a link to a form which will ask you about where you may have been exposed to the virus, any symptoms you have had, and who else may be at risk for getting COVID-19. The text will also have a phone number you can call if you have questions. If you do not complete the form a public health worker will try to reach you by phone. The URL for the form will include a “health.utah.gov” address. Our contact tracing teams will never ask you for your bank information, credit card numbers, or social security number.
The form and information you provide to the health department is stored on a secure database. The information you provide is considered private health information and will not be made public. Only the state or local health department in the county where you live will have access to this information. The information collected on the form is the same information a public health worker would ask you about if he or she was to do the case investigation or contact tracing with you over the phone. You will also be asked to give the names and contact information for anyone who was in close contact with you while you were infectious. This information helps public health know who else may be at risk for getting COVID-19 and needs to quarantine. We will not share your name or contact information with these people. A text or email will then be sent to your close contacts letting them know how long to quarantine and when to get tested for COVID-19.
There are many options for COVID-19 testing, including drive-thru locations. For information regarding who should be tested, types of tests, or to locate a testing location, click HERE
Bear River Health Department does not provide COVID-19 testing services.
Quarantine is for people who are not sick and don’t have any symptoms of COVID-19, but who may have been exposed to it. The guidance for quarantine has been recently updated. If you have been exposed to COVID-19 you will be asked to quarantine for 10 days. Alternatively, an individual in quarantine may be tested on day 7 of quarantine. If the test is negative and you do not have symptoms of COVID-19 you can end quarantine at 7 days instead of 10 days. If you live with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 you must quarantine for 10 days. Click HERE for information about protecting yourself and those around you.
For a short video that explains what quarantine is please click HERE.
Have you been asked to quarantine? Click HERE for more information.
Self-isolation is for people who are already sick or have tested positive for COVID-19. Everyone who lives in your house should stay at home if someone in your house tests positive for COVID-19. Self-isolation is for people who are not sick enough to be in the hospital. Your doctor may tell you to recover at home. Isolation keeps sick people away from healthy people to stop sickness from spreading. Even in your home, you should try to stay away from other people as much as possible. Stay at home EXCEPT to get medical care.
For a short video that explains what isolation is please click HERE.
Have you been asked to self-isolate? Click HERE for more information.
Covid-19 Transmission Index
Click HERE to learn about the requirements for the transmission index we are currently in. This link will provide information about masks, public and social gatherings, schools, businesses, and isolation/quarantine.
If you are an event organizer you must fill out and follow the Event Management Template, require masks, and maintain 6 foot physical distancing between household groups. The health department is not required to approve or deny the event but we will work with event organizers and provide recommendations to reduce the potential for spread of COVID-19 at the event.
The COVID-19 School Manual is a guide to help school districts, students, and parents as schools reopen during this pandemic. Please visit coronavirus.utah.gov to access the document.
Our local school districts have developed plans to minimize the spread of COVID-19. For more information about these plans please visit their websites.
The COVID-19 Business Manual is a step-by-step plan from the Utah Department of Health to protect your business and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please visit coronavirus.utah.gov to access the document.
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.
CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.
Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
Please visit the CDC website for face mask patterns, tutorials and instructions.