This Order states that a “Test to Stay” program can be implemented in an elementary school classroom when the classroom COVID-19 case count reaches 3 within a 7-day period. Testing will allow for the identification of cases of COVID-19 in the classroom and dismiss those with a positive test for remote learning during the infectious period. Testing will allow individuals who test negative for COVID-19 to continue to attend school in person.

This Order is different than UT Senate Bill 107 because it specifically focuses on elementary schools. Elementary schools in the Bear River Health District have a much lower student body than UT Senate Bill 107 addresses, and elementary schools have a student body that is largely ineligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

The Bear River Health Department continues to strive to protect those who are currently ineligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine (elementary-aged children), help slow the spread of COVID-19 in the community and keep the schools in the Bear River Health District open.

To view the Public Health Order effective Monday, September 20th at 7 AM, click here.