Here’s a roundup of official announcements and other useful information about the coronavirus response.
This situation is rapidly evolving and information in articles may quickly be outdated. For the latest local public health info, visit brhd.org/coronavirus/.
Bear River Health Dept.
There are 6 confirmed cases in the Bear River Health District as of Wednesday afternoon. There are 2 confirmed cases in Box Elder County and 4 in Cache, up from 1 case in Box Elder and 3 cases in Cache reported as of Monday.
The Bear River Health Department is working with the Utah Department of Health, health care providers, and other partners to monitor the novel coronavirus outbreak that began in early December 2019 and continues to expand in other countries.
Utah has 346 cases and 1 death of COVID-19 as of Wednesday, up from 257 reported on Monday. About 6,837 tests have been processed and reported as of Tuesday, up from about 5,825 Tuesday and 5,050 Monday.
Most cases are being reported in Salt Lake and Summit counties. For a full breakdown of where these cases are located, visit coronavirus.utah.gov/case-counts.
Individuals who may have had close contact with confirmed cases will be notified by the health department. The health department has been receiving numerous calls from people who are concerned about the announcement of a positive case, as well as rumors of additional cases. Please be informed that our epidemiology team investigates all potential cases. We will update case counts daily by 1 p.m. Please check back regularly for the most up-to-date information.
A letter from the Logan Municipal Council to residents
Our community is facing an unpredictable environment today. As our day to day lives are impacted, let’s strive to remember one thing: we are a community. We may live in different neighborhoods. We may be young or old. We may be small business owners or employees of larger companies. We may hold different religious beliefs. We have all faced different challenges in our lives. It is all these differences that make Logan stronger, resilient and equipped to thrive in these days ahead.
We thank Logan City staff and our Mayor for their coordination with the Bear River Health Department and Cache County leadership to keep our community at large safe. We thank our city employees for continuing to bring water, power, police and fire services, garbage collection and all the other services needed to keep the lights on and us safe in our homes. We thank the employees of Parks and Recreation and other service areas that have been curtailed for their willingness to alter their work schedules to keep us safe.
We thank our citizens for following the guidelines put in place by Governor Herbert and the Federal Government to slow the spread of COVID-19 despite the strain it may place on them. We thank our school district and teaching staff for providing Grab and Go lunches each day. The safest place for children during this time is at home and the CDC has information at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/children.html to help us keep them safe.
Please continue to practice social distancing. Social distancing is deliberately increasing the physical space between people to avoid spreading illness. Staying at least six feet away from other people lessens your chances of catching and spreading COVID-19. Other examples include working from home instead of the office, visiting loved ones by electronic devices instead of in person, canceling or postponing large gatherings. Cancellations of activities helps stop or slow down the spread of disease allowing the health care system to more readily care for patients over time. And we all know the importance of washing our hands frequently today.
Individuals who may have had close contact with confirmed cases will be notified by the health department. Public health officials, health care professionals and our city’s emergency response teams are coordinating their efforts to ensure effective communication and response.
We do not deny that these are trying times. It can be difficult to see the impact our efforts make in the moment. We are a social people after all. Underlying it all, however, we are a caring community that has always supported those who on their own are not as well equipped.
We are unified in our efforts to address COVID-19, and we appreciate your cooperation and understanding. Our number one priority is the health and safety of all our residents, especially our children and vulnerable older adults. As facts and guidance change, please stay updated by visiting brhd.org or our city’s webpage — loganutah.org. We look forward to the time when we can all gather once again to celebrate our community’s strength in working together.
Amy Anderson, Mark Anderson, Jess Bradfield, Tom Jensen and Jeannie Simmonds.
Utah State University
Pass/Fail Deadline Extended:
USU has extended the deadline to April 15, 2020, for students to designate Pass/Fail (P/F) for Spring 2020 Semester courses. Deadlines for students and other updates on this topic are available online at https://www.usu.edu/registrar/covid/.
Building Hours and Changes:
Visit https://dps.usu.edu/emergency/covid-19/facilities to learn about building hour changes and restrictions to some areas of campus, including computer labs, dining services and libraries. Most buildings on the Logan campus will now close at 7 p.m.
Summer and Fall Registration:
Summer: USU will be moving forward with summer 2020 registration beginning Wednesday, April 1, 2020. Courses offered during the summer semester will be those that can be delivered remotely as it is assumed the university will not be back to regular operation by May 4.
Fall: Registration for fall 2020 semester begins Monday, April 6, 2020. At this time, the university is planning on a full fall schedule of courses as anticipated prior to the COVID-19 protocols. However, due to the fluidity of the COVID-19 situation, fall semester plans may change over time. Visit www.usu.edu/covid-19 for up-to-date information.
Navajo Nation Shelter in Place Order:
The Navajo Nation issued a “shelter in place” order Friday, March 20, stemming from a public health emergency declaration for the entirety of the Navajo Nation. You can read more about it on their Facebook page. USU students who were on the Navajo Nation at the time of the order will not be allowed to travel back to USU’s campuses. USU is working with affected students to identify options to help them finish classes and continue their educational track.