UPDATED April 7, 2020 The tables below illustrate the number of cases by county in our health district. Case counts will be updated daily by 1 PM. Due to lag times in reporting, our case totals may be different than what is reflected on coronavirus.utah.gov. Please check back daily. NOTE: the hospitalization cases are cumulative and reflect patients who have been hospitalized at some point during their COVID-19 treatment.
UPDATED April 7, 2020
The Bear River Health Department (BRHD) is working with the Utah Department of Health (UDOH), healthcare providers, and other partners to monitor an outbreak caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19) first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province China. This outbreak began in early December 2019 and continues to expand in other countries. Utah’s disease surveillance system is working as designed, as public health officials and health care providers are coordinating to identify and investigate potential cases. The BRHD has activated emergency preparedness plans to ensure effective communication and coordination takes place with all involved agencies.
UTAH HAS 1675 confirmed CASES and 13 deaths OF COVID-19. for a breakdown of where these cases are located, click here.
To see the number of cases worldwide, click HERE.
Due to medical privacy laws, we do not issue details of a case. Individuals who may have had close contact with confirmed cases will be notified by the health department. When someone in our health district tests positive for COVID-19, our epidemiology team will receive notice from the lab and initiate an investigation. The investigation helps us understand when the patient started having symptoms and when they were likely capable of transmitting the disease to other people. The patient, and all household members, will be asked to remain isolated at home unless they are in need of hospitalization. Everyone that was identified as having significant contact with the patient (within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes) is interviewed and placed in quarantine at home where they will be monitored for 14 days after the last exposure. There have been rumors about people in the community who were sick, tested positive for COVID-19, or were tested and awaiting results. Often, the people reporting these cases are fearful of being exposed. Our staff works diligently to identify legitimate cases and ensure proper isolation and quarantine of the affected individuals.
As part of our disease investigations, we will reach out to individuals who may have been exposed to a known case of COVID-19. If you receive a message from the health department, please call the cell phone number back or call our epidemiology team during regular business hours at 435.792.6500. If you are a person under investigation, the only information you will be asked is your name, date of birth, address and your email. We will not ask for social security, bank information, etc. The information discussed will be steps needed to protect your health. These are not scam calls.
The BRHD recommends that community members get information about COVID-19 from reliable sources only. We have been made aware of persons on social media who are impersonating the Bear River Health Department. We will investigate instances where individuals portray to be the health department. Any conduct that violates criminal code will be prosecuted.
STay Home, Stay Safe & Local PUblic Health Orders
On March 28, 2020 the Bear River Board of Health passed Public Health Order 2020-01 which supports the Governor’s Directives which were announced March 27, 2020. For a copy of the press release announcing this order, click HERE. Please review the FAQ’s for this public health order. Signage has been provided for your business.
A new order amending public health order 2020-01 subsection 1A, Surgical Centers was approved March 30, 2020. This clarifies direction for the operations of surgical centers.
On March 24, 2020, Governor Gary Herbert released the plan titled “Utah Leads Together” This dynamic plan provides a vision for Utah’s economic rebound as we carefully address the public health emergency before us. We have entered a critical and urgent phase. If we follow public health guidelines, we have a chance to get on the path to recovery more quickly.
We understand that many people in our community have concerns about the Novel Coronavirus of COVID-19. You may wonder if you should be tested. If so, we encourage you to call the Utah Coronavirus Information Line at 1-800-456-7707 or your health care provider.
If you are experiencing symptoms that DO NOT need an extra level of care, please self isolate at home. Testing will not change the course of treatment for someone with mild symptoms. If you have more severe symptoms that requires care, please contact a Telehealth provider or your primary care provider. They will recommend whether you should go in-person to your primary care physician, urgent care or the emergency room. If someone in your household has tested positive for the coronavirus, keep the entire household at home
For more information about testing options in our local area, click HERE
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.
The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance
Please visit the CDC website for face mask patterns, tutorials and instructions.
What Can You Do?
Everyone can do their part to help us respond to this emerging health threat:
STAY HOME IF YOU ARE SICK.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Since it’s currently flu season, it is recommended you get a flu vaccine.
The CDC has provided these 10 tips for managing your health at home.
Social distancing, (meaning staying at least 6 feet away from others) can help slow the spread of COVID-19. This means avoiding crowded places and maintaining distance from others. For tips from the Centers for Disease Control on how to protect yourself, click HERE.
Disinfecting Wipes: are helping people combat the spread of germs amid the coronavirus pandemic. However, they should NOT be flushed down the toilet. Disinfecting wipes and other similar products such as baby wipes, and paper towels, do not break down like toilet paper and can clog septic tanks and sewer systems. The best thing to do is to throw them away in the trash after use.
soft school closure
On March 23, 2020, Gov Gary Herbert, State Superintendent Syd Dickson and Acting Commissioner of Technical Education Jared Haines announced that Utah’s K-12 public schools will extend their dismissal through Friday May 1 and that Utah technical colleges will suspend teaching from Monday March 30-May 1 to help implement social distancing and slow the spread of COVID-19. These entities will continue to evaluate the situation to make a determination about the remaining school year. For a copy of the press release announcing these changes, click HERE.
For information about your school district, and for the latest from the Utah State Board of Education, follow these links:
As public conversations around coronavirus increase, children may worry about themselves, their family, and friends getting ill with COVID-19. Parents, family members, school staff, and other trusted adults can play an important role in helping children feel safe. The Centers for Disease Control recommends the following:
- Remain calm and reassuring
- Make yourself available to listen and to talk
- Avoid language that might blame others and lead to stigma
- Pay attention to what children see, hear on television, radio or online
- Provide information that is honest and accurate
- Teach children everyday actions to reduce the spread of germs
guidance for worksites
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers
Employees who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness are recommended to stay home and not come to work until they are free of fever (100.4° F or greater using an oral thermometer), signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants). Employees should notify their supervisor and stay home if they are sick.
Current guidance to employers from CDC states “ Do not to require a healthcare provider’s note for employees who are sick with acute respiratory illness to validate their illness or to return to work, as healthcare provider offices and medical facilities may be extremely busy and not able to provide such documentation in a timely way.”
For additional information specifically prepared for employers, visit the CDC’s website “Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers” at https://www.cdc.gov/
coronavirus/2019-ncov/ community/guidance-business- response.html
What We Know About The Disease
There is a lot of misinformation circulating regarding COVID-19. For answers to the most frequently asked questions such as “is COVID-19 more serious than the seasonal influenza, are there medicines to prevent COVID-19, should I wear a mask, etc” please click HERE.
Everyone should practice social distancing right now. Social distancing means to stay away from others as much as possible. It is important because it slows the spread of COVID-19. Avoiding crowds protects your family. Try to stay at least 6 feet from other people. You should not be around groups of more than 10 people. Stay home as much as possible. With very few exceptions, cancel all get-togethers.
What this looks like. If you are an older person, stay home and away from other people. If you are a person who has other health problems, such as lung or heart disease, stay home and away from other people. AVOID: dating, group gatherings, visiting the elderly, sleepovers, play dates, concerts, going to the movies, travel, athletic events, crowded stores, malls, gyms, church services, non-essential workers in your home, mass transit system. There are times when you still need to go outside of your home. Keep at least 6 feet between you and others when: getting takeout or using the drive through at your favorite restaurant, going to the grocery store, picking up a medication.
Safe things to do are: Take a walk. Go for a hike. Do your yard work. Play in your yard. Clean out a closet. Read a good book. Listen to music. Cook a meal. Family game night. Go for a drive. Stream a movie. Video chat with a friend or family.
Quarantine is for people who are NOT sick yet and don’t have any symptoms of COVID-19 but who MAY HAVE BEEN EXPOSED You and everyone in your house may be asked to quarantine if someone who lives in your house has been exposed to the virus. A quarantine keep you away from others so you don’t infect someone else without knowing it. If you stay quarantined for 14 days, you will most likely not spread COVID-19 to someone else. You should stay in your house and not go around other people. As someone else to go to the store for you to get groceries or supplies.
What this looks like. Stay in your house for 14 days. Limit the number of visitors to your home. Clean surfaces that are commonly touched (such as phones, doorknobs, light switches, toilet handles, sink handles, countertops and anything metal) more often. If you get sick while on quarantine, CALL your doctor.
When can you stop being on quarantine: You can stop being on quarantine after 14 days, if you never get sick or have any symptoms of COVID-19.
INFORMATION FOR PERSONS BEING ACTIVELY MONITORED:
- Active Monitoring Social Distancing Instructions
- CDC “If you are sick or if you are caring for someone who is sick” instructions
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. If your doctor decides you don’t need to be tested, but likely have COVID-19, you and everyone in your house should isolate at home until everyone is better. Self-isolation is for sick people, who are not sick enough to be in the hospital. Your doctor may tell you to recover at home. 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.
What this looks like. If you or someone in your house has tested positive for COVID-19 or your doctor believes you have COVID-19, EVERYONE in your house will need to stay at home until: 3 days after the last person to get sick in your house DOES NOT have a fever or a cough AND at least 7 days after the last person to get sick in your house first had symptoms or signs of COVID-19. Stay in you house. Stay in a different room from other people in you house. Use a different bathroom. Clean surfaces that are common touched (such as phones, doorknobs, light switches, toilet handles, sink handles, countertops and anything metal) more often. Try not to use the same personal items as other people. Have people in your house eat at different times.