The table below illustrates the number of cases by county and age group in our health district. This table will be updated daily. 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 numbers are individuals currently being hospitalized for COVID-19 treatment. For cumulative hospitalizations please visit coronavirus.utah.gov. Recoveries are estimated – individuals who tested positive 3 weeks ago and have not died are considered recovered.
New cases do not include positive antibody tests, or presumed cases – only active infections as verified by lab testing. To see the number of cases in Utah, click HERE. To see the number of cases worldwide, click HERE.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S UPDATE
October 7, 2020
I’m often asked, “When will there be a safe and reliable vaccine for COVID-19?” Some of the answers to this question can be confusing depending on where the information is coming from. One of the first places I like to look for answers is the clinic trials themselves.
Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca are among 9 pharmaceutical companies that are testing vaccines in large clinical trials. Two of these companies, Pfizer and Moderna, are in their 3rd stage of trials that include 44,000 and 30,000 individuals respectively. These companies have also opened up their trial data to outside experts in order to validate their research, in an effort to become more transparent for public confidence. Both of these companies expect results that could be ready for approval between November 1, 2020 and January 1, 2021. Depending on approval by the FDA and independent evaluators, limited quantities of vaccine could begin to be distributed somewhere in this time period. Recently, Dr. Fauci also suggested a similar time period for the beginning of vaccine dissemination.
In the meantime, we are seeing a concerning increase in our 7-day average of positive cases, along with an increase in our hospitalizations. It is also clear that much of this increase is community spread in many areas. Our positive cases among 18-25 year olds has decreased from 60% to 43%, while we see increases in our other age categories. Please take seriously the importance of our continued efforts. I know you have heard the message many times, but help us by remaining vigilant in physical distancing, wearing masks, washing your hands, and protecting those who are most vulnerable.
As the weather begins to cool off and as we move indoors, the risk for transmission from one person to another will also increase. It is up to us individually and collectively to recommit ourselves in an effort to slow down the spread of COVID-19. Also, don’t forget to get your flu shots early this year. Your health care provider, local pharmacies, and the Bear River Health Department all have flu vaccine now and it is not too early to get yours!
In high school I participated in track, specifically the 440-yard dash (now called the 400 meter race). One of my most vivid memories was during a state competition when I was so determined to get out ahead and stay ahead during the race. The race went according to plan for about three quarters of the way, then my legs seemed to not want to cooperate with my plan! Mentally, I was not able to overcome the physical requirements to sustain my continued efforts. Before I was able to cross the finish line I watched 1, then 2, then 3 other runners pass me, leaving me in 4th place. It’s not the placement that frustrated me in the end, it was the mental preparation that was lacking. Our race against COVID is not over. Let’s stay mentally tough and focused on the finish line. We can and will overcome the adversity that we face. This will require effort from all of us but we can and will do this!
Lloyd Berentzen, Executive Director – Bear River Health Department
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. You may be asked to quarantine for 14 days if you have been exposed to the virus. If someone in your house tests positive you should quarantine. A quarantine keeps you away from others so you don’t infect someone else.
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.
The COVID-19 School Manual is a guide to help school districts, students, and parents as schools reopen during this pandemic. Please click HERE or 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 click HERE or 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.