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This situation is rapidly evolving and information in articles may quickly be outdated.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/.
UDOH COVID-19 Update for Friday
Case Counts: Friday, Utah reported 112 total cases statewide, up from 78 Thursday. Utah residents account for 102 of these cases, visitors account for the remaining 10. Most cases are concentrated in Salt Lake, Summit and Davis counties. The results from about 2,150 tests had been reported. Visit https://coronavirus.utah.gov/latest for a detailed breakdown of cases.
Rep. Ben McAdams tests positive: The congressman, who represents Utah’s 4th District, was one of the first two members of Congress who tested positive. He announced the results Wednesday evening.
New orders from Governor: To limit the spread of COVID-19 and help the bars and restaurants impacted by dining restrictions, Gov. Gary Herbert issued three special orders on Wednesday evening. The orders will allow public meetings to be conducted electronically, remote viewing of hearings for the Board of Parole and Pardons, and the return of unopened beer, wine, and liquor to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
Virtual story time: The Utah State Library is streaming a story time every morning at 10 a.m. on their Facebook page.
Community fundraising: The United Way of Salt Lake is collecting donations to help the children and families most impacted by the closures of schools and loss of work because of COVID-19. Other organizations are also putting out calls for blood donations, volunteers, and food for the economically vulnerable.
Early shopping: Multiple grocery store chains are providing hours where those at the highest risk from COVID-19 can shop with limited interaction with the rest of the public.
Bear River Health Department
The local health district, which covers Cache, Box Elder and Rich counties, is still reporting three confirmed cases of COVID-19: one in Box Elder County and two in Cache.
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 the epidemiology team investigates all potential cases. The health department will update case counts daily by 1 p.m. at brhd.org/coronavirus. Please check back regularly for the most up-to-date information.
People wondering if they should be tested for COVID-19 are encouraged to call the Utah Coronavirus Information Line at 1-800-456-7707 or their 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 require 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.
COVID-19 cleaning tips
Amid COVID-19 prevention efforts, some people wonder what to add to their regular Spring cleaning customs without bringing a professional cleaner into homes. While there are no documented cases of transmission of coronavirus to people from surfaces contaminated with the virus, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, current evidence suggests that novel coronavirus may remain viable for hours to days on surfaces made from a variety of materials.
Below are some household sanitizing guidelines from CDC:
Practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces including tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
Use household cleaners and EPA-registered disinfectants
For households with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases:
Wear disposable gloves when cleaning and disinfecting surfaces. Gloves should be discarded after each cleaning.
If surfaces are dirty, they should be cleaned using a detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
For disinfection, diluted household bleach solutions, alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol, and most common EPA-registered household disinfectants should be effective.
For soft surfaces such as carpeted floor, rugs, and drapes, remove visible contamination if present and clean with appropriate cleaners indicated for use on these surfaces.
For more information about CDC disinfection guidelines visit this link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/cleaning-disinfection.html.
The EPA-registered disinfectants which are expected to be effective against COVID-19 based on data for harder to kill viruses can be found by following this link: https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2.
Update from Logan Mayor Holly Daines
Logan Mayor Holly Daines released the following message Thursday afternoon:
During this stressful time, we at Logan City are doing all we can to adapt to rapidly changing situations. We regularly update our website and social media with new information, including help for small businesses affected by COVID-19. Thank you for making sacrifices and being considerate of others to help our community get through this!
Infrastructure is intact
Yesterday, Logan City experienced aftershocks from the 5.7 magnitude earthquake centered in Magna, UT. All city infrastructure is functioning normally with no damage.
We are open for business, but via phone and online
Logan City is conducting business, but at the direction of federal and state officials to reduce the spread of COVID-19, and in order to protect the health of our employees, we have many employees working from home and all city buildings are open by appointment only. The website lists specific contact information, and there is signage at each building. PLEASE conduct business via phone and online wherever possible: (435) 716-9000. We are here to help!
We are trying to set a good example, and encourage other businesses to do the same.
We all need to get work done, so all city department heads are working to ensure social distancing, (which includes some employees working from home, rolling schedules, coming to the office only as needed, etc.). We encourage everyone to be diligent at using the phone, having conference calls instead of face to face meetings, keeping distances of six feet, and practicing extra cautious handwashing and hygiene. For our crews that work outdoors in small teams (usually four or less) that situation seems acceptable to us. If people have any symptoms of fever, cough, etc. PLEASE STAY HOME! Be especially mindful of employees who may be high risk and work with them individually.
Support Small Businesses Where Possible
The closures have hit everyone hard, but particularly small, local businesses. Yesterday the Governor closed all restaurants to take-out and pick up only. Be creative about new ways of doing business to support our economy.
Use parks and trails, just not in big groups
Enjoy our trails and parks where you can spread out! It’s great to get outside, walk, run and ride bikes. Be cautious about congregating at places like playgrounds. We’ve closed the skate park, for that reason, but tennis and pickleball courts are open! Practice social distancing and carry hand sanitizer.
THE GOAL IS TO “FLATTEN THE CURVE” SO WE DON’T OVERWHELM THE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM. WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS!
Cache County Senior Citizen Center
The Cache County Senior Citizen Center is in need of some items.
The center is closed to the public for the time being but is still delivering Meals on Wheels to recipients in all of Cache County and offering curbside pickup for lunch to all individuals that are 60 and older.
The center needs hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, gloves and new T-shirt bags (plastic bags) to help volunteers and clients stay safe while delivering these meals.
Some seniors have also been unable to get adult diapers.
Call (435)755-1720 if you have questions or can help. Donations can be dropped off at 240 N. 100 East, Logan.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
The First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sent the following letter Thursday to Latter-day Saints around the world:
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
As we have seen the many changes around the world because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made adjustments to missionary service, temple work, and the ways in which we gather and worship.
Recent days have brought new guidelines from experts around the world. After counseling as the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, we have felt it wise to modify further the format of our April 2020 general conference.
Each session will be broadcast from a small auditorium on Temple Square. The First Presidency will preside and conduct those sessions, and only those who have been invited to speak or pray will attend. The music for the conference has been pre-recorded.
By making these adjustments, we feel we can assist those who are working to slow the spread and impact of this pandemic. We are grateful for them and continue to pray for them. We are touched by the many accounts we hear of ministering to those in need during these uncertain times. We pray for Heavenly Father’s choicest blessings upon you.
This will be a remarkable conference. Messages of truth, hope, and inspiration will prevail as we commemorate the Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ and seek to hear Him.
The First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
USU Student Nutrition Access Center remains open
The Student Nutrition Access Center remains open to serve Utah State University students, faculty, staff and student families during the Coronavirus public health emergency. SNAC is moving to an online platform at https://form.jotform.com/200786504000039 to offer users the option of a pre-packaged pick-up or drop-off delivery.
If USU community users are picking up in person, they can do so during normal pantry hours (Tuesday-Thursday 1 p.m.-5 p.m., Friday 12 p.m.-5 p.m.) SNAC users can pull into the University Inn parking lot and call 435-797-1740 for further instructions. USU Parking has granted free parking in the University Inn lot to USU community users who need to access SNAC. SNAC users will need to inform the booth attendant the visit was for SNAC pantry pickup in order to avoid any charges.
USU community users opting for a drop-off delivery will need to provide their address and phone number. SNAC volunteers will leave a message when items have been delivered. Users can expect delivery within 24 hours of order placement during weekdays. Please keep in mind that delivery times vary depending on volunteer availability, as the SNAC pantry is entirely volunteer-run.
City of Logan
City buildings open by appointment only. Please do business by phone or online.
As of Wednesday March 18, 2020, Logan City will operate the lobbies of City Hall (290 N. 100 West), Public Works (450 N. 1000 West), and Environmental Center (153 N. 1400 West) by appointment only.
Most city business can be conducted over the phone, on the website or via email.
Some city employees are working remotely. If you call an employee, please leave a message; if employees are working remotely, this is how they will know to return your call.
General Logan City questions can be answered at (435)716-9000 and at www.loganutah.org.
There will be no Logan City Municipal Council meeting on Tuesday March 17, 2020.
Information for Utility Billing:
Residents will need to use the drop box for utility payments if they prefer not to pay online at http://billpay.loganutah.org. It is located in the parking lot between the Post Office and Logan City Hall, 290 N. 100 West in Logan. If a resident leaves a payment in the dropbox, make sure the service address is easy to find on the payment so the city applies the payment to the correct customer account.
A resident can also pay over the phone with a credit card by calling the utility billing office at (435)716-9208 or (435)716-9195. Utility Billing can answer any questions you may have. For a cash transaction, use either telephone number listed above to arrange for an employee to meet you at the door to accept the payment or leave the payment in the drop box.
Please note: Online Utility Payments will be down from 5 p.m. Thursday until about noon on Friday for previously scheduled maintenance.
Public Works or Engineering:
Public Works (435)716-9152 or email@example.com.
Engineering (435)716-9153 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Streets/Stormwater (435)716-9642 or email@example.com.
Water/Wastewater (435)716-9620 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Development Administration (435)716-9021 email@example.com.
Neighborhood Improvement/Code Enforcement (435)716-9025 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Building Permits & Inspections (435)716-9030 email@example.com.
Planning & Zoning (435)716-9023 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Business Licensing (435)716-9230 email@example.com.
You can find contact information for all Community Development staff here:https://www.loganutah.org/government/departments/community_development/community_development_staff.php.
The March 26 Logan City Planning Commission meeting has been cancelled.
Please call their customer service line at (435)716-9755 for all questions.
All applications for new service and temporary dumpster rentals are being taken electronically or over the phone at this time.
If you need to pick up containers for new garbage service, call ahead. We will take your information and roll out containers for you to load.
If you are bringing material to the landfill we are now accepting cards only.
Logan Justice Courts:
The Logan Justice Court is still open during regular business hours. However, pursuant to Utah Supreme Court Order for Operations During Pandemic, dated March 13, 2020, hearings are cancelled except for in custody hearings, bench warrant hearings, trials for individuals being held in custody, domestic violence hearings, and sentencing hearings. The full order is available at utcourts.gov.
The city asks that if you have questions you call the Logan Justice Court at (435)716-9540 or use the utcourts.gov website first, if possible.
The Logan Library is closed.
The library does have some options available for patrons to check out books during this time and is developing some online content for events. See http://library.loganutah.org for more information or call them at (435)716-9123 Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Logan Community Recreation Center is closed.
The Logan Parks and Recreation Department has staff available from 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday to answer questions by calling (435)716-9250.
The following Logan Parks and Recreation Department spring programs have been cancelled:
— Youth Co-Ed Indoor Soccer
—Babysitting Training-April 11 and 18 Session
— Music Safari Preschool
— CPR, AED, and First Aid-April 15 Session
— MLB Pitch, Hit, and Run
The Department’s parks and trails clean-up scheduled for Tuesday, March 17, has been cancelled due to new guidelines released instructing Americans to avoid social gatherings of more than 10 people for the next 15 days to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.
The Logan Skate Park will be closed beginning Wednesday, March 18, until further notice.
The Logan Pickleball Courts are now open. Follow CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to heading to outdoor recreational spaces — wash hands, carry hand sanitizer, do not use if you have symptoms, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, etc. Observe at all times CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of six feet from other people that do not live in your household. Practice it and know what it looks like. Keep it as you walk, bike, hike or play.
U.S. Postal Service hiring
Utah and Idaho Residents — If you’re hoping to find a fresh start, a better job, or a new career direction with a wealth of exciting opportunities, the U.S. Postal Service wants you.
Multiple positions are available throughout area with hourly wage ranges from $16.21 to $18.56 in a variety of shifts, including indoor and outdoor work.
USPS is looking to fill hundreds of positions in Utah and Idaho now, and the only place to apply is usps.com/careers. From the website, click on “Search Jobs,” select “Utah” or “Idaho,” click “Start,” then click on the link for the appropriate job. A general overview of USPS employment requirements, specific job requirements, and hourly pay is available at the website.
Job openings will be regularly updated until all positions are filled. Interested applicants should log on to usps.com/careers weekly to check for new postings.
All applicants must be U.S. citizens or have permanent alien status. Carrier positions require a valid driver’s license and a minimum of two consecutive years documented driving experience within the United States.
The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.