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Statement on exceptions to the social distancing requirement of the
State of Utah’s transmission index for counties in the “high” level – October 15, 2020
Salt Lake County Health Department (SLCoHD) recognizes that the State of Utah’s transition to a “transmission index” system and its related guidelines presents a concern to entities that have long-planned gatherings and events scheduled in the coming days.
To allow event organizers time to ensure their events meet current guidelines, events and gatherings in Salt Lake County through Wednesday, October 28, may proceed as planned as long as organizers and venues ensure strict adherence to the components of the state’s former “yellow” guidelines, including the requirement to:
- enforce face coverings at all times
- ensure social distancing as much as possible
- exclude symptomatic staff and patrons
- employ other risk reduction measures as appropriate, such as staggered entry times, prepackaged concessions rather than queues for food, etc.
For events and gatherings on or after Thursday, October 29, venues and event or gathering organizers should plan to adhere to the “high” transmission index requirement that all attending or participating household groups maintain 6 feet of distance from one other.
Utah Health Guidance Levels October 13, 2020
COVID-19 Transmission Index
The COVID-19 Transmission Index is a balanced approach intended to protect communities. It represents the collaborative work of state and local public health officials, the Governor’s Office, legislative leaders, the hospital industry, and business leaders.
The transmission index clarifies the public health metrics used to determine which counties are placed in which transmission level. Counties will be placed in one of three transmission levels: High, Moderate, or Low. These levels correspond directly to case rates, positivity rates, and ICU utilization.
Data will be analyzed weekly, and counties will be placed into a transmission level depending solely on what their data show. Changes from a lower level to a higher level may occur weekly. Changes from a higher level to a lower level may occur every 14 days at minimum, when thresholds are met.
The data helps us understand the real risk of transmission in our communities. Important health behaviors, based on epidemiology and medical science, are outlined at each level to protect yourself, your family, and your community from COVID-19.
Mask Campaign Directed at Utah Youth
Utah has experienced a recent surge of COVID-19 cases concentrated among youth 15-24 years of age. State epidemiologists believe this increase is due to students participating in organized sports, after-school activities, and informal social gatherings – without face coverings.
School events and sporting activities are important in creating a sense of normalcy this year. The Municipal Services District wants to make sure your families can continue to enjoy these activities. Face coverings are the easiest way to stay safe, so we don’t have to miss out. #MaskUpOrMissOut #PromwithMom
GOVERNOR ISSUES EXECUTIVE ORDERS
September 4, 2020
Orders Lower Restrictions in Salt Lake and Sevier Counties, Extend Requirements for Face Coverings in State Facilities
SALT LAKE CITY (September 4, 2020) – In close consultation with local health authorities and with the Utah Department of Health, Gov. Gary R. Herbert has issued an Executive Order moving Salt Lake City to the Low Level of Restriction Status, or Yellow. The order also moves Sevier County to the Minimal Level of Restriction Status, or Green.
Along with these changes, the governor has extended the order requiring face coverings to be worn in all state facilities.
SALT LAKE CITY (May 27, 2020) – Gov. Gary R. Herbert has issued an Executive Order updating guidelines for areas in low health risk designation under Utah’s phased health guidance plan.
The order specifically addresses updated guidelines pertaining to social gatherings, education, businesses, travel, and events.
“We are making progress, and we can see that these recommendations are working,” Gov. Herbert said. “I would like to express my gratitude to all who are taking these recommendations seriously, and stress that following these guidelines is crucial to ensuring the safety and health of us all.”
The new order clarifies that generally, all businesses that are within the counties that have been moved to the low-risk phase are operating if they can meet and adhere to the specific guidelines. For clarity, the order states symptom checking in public and business interactions should happen when feasible.
Travel guidelines request that all continue to avoid non-essential travel to areas with widespread community transmission of COVID-19.
The guidance for K-12 education addresses the resumption of school activities, including sports, under the jurisdiction of the district and school authorities in adherence to indoor and outdoor guidelines. Additionally, hand sanitizer will need to be made available to faculty and students in each classroom, and regular hand washing routines will be instituted. Faculty and staff will need to wear face coverings when social distancing is not possible. Updates regarding face coverings for students will be provided by local school and charter boards in consultation with health department officials.
Regarding higher education, campuses may be open for in-person classes with increased cleaning and hygiene regimen. In cooperation with the Utah System of Higher Education, each institution will develop individualized plans for repopulating campus, monitoring for incidence, containing outbreaks, and reclosing if necessary.
The order is effective immediately and remains in effect until 11:59 p.m. on June 5.
For more information on what this means for you, visit the state’s website: https://governor.utah.gov/2020/05/27/governor-issues-executive-order-releasing-updated-guidelines-for-low-risk-phase-in-the-utah-leads-together-plan/
May 14, 2020. Governor Herbert announced that most cities in Salt Lake County will move from “orange” phase to “yellow” phase with the exception of Salt Lake City, Magna and West Valley City.
Support will continue to be provided to those cities with targeted interventions, education and outreach. For more information on what this means for you, visit the state’s website at https://coronavirus.utah.gov/utahs-low-risk-phase/
Most of Utah shifted from a moderate “orange” risk level to a lower “yellow” status starting May 16, 2020. Utah’s Governor Gary Herbert said that there is now a small enough risk of COVID-10 spreading in some areas that the restrictions can be relaxed. The exceptions include Salt Lake City and West Valley City, as well as Summit Wasatch and Grand counties.
What does the “yellow” designation mean?
- People can gather in groups of up to 50 while maintaining social distancing. Practice common sense and personal responsibility.
- Face coverings should be worn when social distancing is difficult to maintain.
- Check for symptoms before you leave the house.
- Limit out-of-state travel.
- All businesses can open across the state.
- Team sports can resume as long as participants are checked for symptoms first.
- Bars and buffets can reopen their dining rooms with certain hygiene restrictions.
- People still must stay at least 6 feet apart and wear facial masks in public for good social distancing practices.
- Utahns can return to their jobs from working remotely from home though it is advised that travel remains limited.
- Community pools may reopen by practicing social distancing.
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Utah State Government: https://www.coronavirus.utah.gov
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