Utah - COVID-19 Covered

Utah

Total Cases: 45,424 (August 14)
Tests Administered: 584,656 (August 13)
Fatalities: 353 (August 14)
Testing:
  • You can find your closest Utah COVID-19 testing site here. 

ECONOMIC RESPONSE

Essential Service Designations:

  • The following are being considered exempt to Governor Herbert’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” directivehealth care professionals, law enforcement officers and first responders, faith leaders and workers, charitable and social services organizations, including workers supporting organizations that provide food, shelter, prescription delivery, mental health and substance abuse treatments, and other social services, as well as other necessities of life for individuals in need of such services, older adults who live alone, people with disabilities, and those who need assistance as a result of this emergency(March 27) 

Labor & Workforce Guidance, Standards and Regulations:

  • The Utah Economic Recovery Task Force launched a “Stay Safe to Stay Open campaign, designed to help business owners learn the best ways to protect themselves from the virus while they keep their doors open(Link 
  • The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food announced new guidelines to help farmers markets remain open this year amid COVID-19 concerns. (April 22 

Economic Stimulus & Relief:

  • Governor Herbert signed a bill allocating $62 million from the CARES Act to Utah residents affected by COVID-19. (June 29 
  • Utah is receiving nearly $6.2 million in federal funding to help older adults and people with disabilities affected by the pandemic. (April 21 

Business Support & Resources:

  • The Governor’s Office of Economic Development announced the COVID-19 Commercial Rental Assistance Program to provide relief to small businesses that rent commercial property. (May 6 
  • Governor Herbert announced the launch of the “PPE Push Pack” program to support small businesses in the transition to “moderate risk” COVID-19 protocols. (May 6 
  • The Utah Legislature approved a bill Thursday that would protect landlords and businesses from lawsuits brought forward by people exposed to COVID-19. (April 23 
  • Utah launched its Pandemic Unemployment Assistance benefits, available to those who were previously ineligible for traditional unemployment benefits. (April 15 
  • Utah has also received approval to submit loan applications for disaster loans through the Small Business Administration. SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in economic support for small businesses and non-profits. (Utah.gov 
  • In addition to the SBA disaster loans being made available, Salt Lake City set up an emergency loan program for small businesses of up to $20,000 at 0 percent interest.(Utah.gov)

SOCIAL RESTRICTIONS

Reopening:

  • Governor Hebert issued an executive order adopting an updated version of the phased guidelines, including guidance on restaurant hours of operation. (July 27 
  • Governor Herbert announced that he is extending his executive order requiring face coverings to be worn in all state facilities. (July 10) 
  • The Utah Department of Health issued guidance for poll workers to create a safe and health experience for voters at the primary election on June 30, and in November. (June 24 
  • Governor Herbert approved requests for the following nine counties to transition to Green, or New Normal Health Risk Status: Beaver, Daggett, Duchesne, Emery, Garfield, Millard, Piute, Uintah and Wayne. (June 19 
  • Governor Herbert issued an executive order clarifying guidelines pertaining to social gatherings, outdoor recreation, personal services, gyms and fitness centers in the moderate- and low-risk phases of the Utah Leads Together plan. (May 6 
  • Governor Herbert released his economic recovery plan titled Utah Leads Together, which includes economic phases and color-coded risk phases. You can find what “risk phase” each county is in here along with phased guidelines. (March 24 

SCHOOL PLANNING

K-12:

  • Utah’s State Board of Education released “three phases of recovery” for Utah’s schools; details can be found here 
  • Governor Herbert issued an executive order allowing schools in the Orange (Medium Risk) Phase to open and provide in-person instruction. The order is effective immediately and will remain in effect until August 7. Additionally, the Utah Department of Health issued a public health order mandating the use of face coverings in all K-12 schools. (July 20) 
  • Governor Herbert has ordered all K-12 schools to require face coverings this fall. (July 10) 

State Higher Education:

  • A list of Utah universities and colleges planning to reopen in the fall can be found here. 

Giving Opportunities

April 20, 2020

Requesting N95 masks (10,800,000), isolation gowns (4,300,000), surgical masks (33,800,000), face shields (10,800,000), medical grade goggles (3,500,000) and other personal protective equipment. 

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