Utah - COVID-19 Covered

Utah

Total Cases: 8,620 (May 27)
Tests Administered: 198,592 (May 26)
Fatalities: 101 (May 27)
Testing:
  • The US Department of Health and Human Services provided $87.4 million in new funding to Utah for COVID-19 testing. (May 22) 
  • The Governor’s Office issued a statement regarding its internal review of a March 31 purchase of compounded chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine from the Utah compounding pharmacy Meds in Motion. (April 30)  
  • Governor Herbert launched beta testing for the Healthy Together mobile app to augment contact tracing efforts and slow the spread of COVID-19. (April 22)  

ECONOMIC RESPONSE

Essential Service Designations:

  • Salt Lake County has defined the following as essential servicesGrocery stores, pharmacies, convenience stores, gas stations, automotive and bike supply, repair sales, pet supply and vet services, food pantries, food and beverage production, religious institutions, charitable services, social services, childcare centers, insurance and financial service providers, hardware and supply stores, critical construction trades, mail, shipping and delivery, laundry services, home-based care providers, legal, accounting and real estate, hotels and motels, higher education, transportation, utilities, and other essential infrastructure, media and essential government functions, any business or worker included among the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s critical infrastructure sectors. (March 29) 
  • 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 Department of Agriculture and Food announced new guidelines to help farmers markets remain open this year amid COVID-19 concerns. (April 22)  
  • Utah launched its Pandemic Unemployment Assistance benefits, available to those who were previously ineligible for traditional unemployment benefits. (April 15)  
  • Utah is now allowing the Utah Retirement Systems to extend work opportunities to recently retired individuals to meet needs for critical government functions. (March 31) 
  • Utah has expanded unemployment benefits to include individuals who are quarantined, who are unable to go to work because their place of employment has been quarantined, and those whose employers have temporarily ceased operations, with the expectation that they will eventually return to work. (March 17) 

Economic Stimulus & Relief:

  • Governor Herbert announced the state’s Utah Moves Together 2.0 plan, to move the state from a high-risk phase to a moderate phase. (April 25)  
  • Utah is receiving nearly $6.2 million in federal funding to help older adults and people with disabilities affected by the pandemic. (April 21)  
  • The Utah House gave final approval to a bill that will require a new commission to create a framework for the next step in opening the state’s economy. (April 17) 
  • 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). 

Business Support & Resources:

  • Governor Herbert suspended a portion of statute that requires certain retail licensees that serve alcoholic beverages to notify and receive approval from the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (DABC) prior to closing or ceasing operation. (May 8)  
  • 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)  
  • The Department of Workforce Services announced the Child Care Operations Grant, available to Utah childcare providers whose operations have been affected by decreased enrollment. (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)  

SOCIAL RESTRICTIONS

Shelter-In-Place Orders:

  • Governor Herbert has approved requests for the municipalities of Bluff and Mexican Hat to transition to Orange, or Moderate Health Risk Status. (May 22 
  • In consultation with the Utah Department of Health and the Summit and Wasatch County Health Departments, Governor Herbert has issued an Executive Order moving Summit County and Wasatch County to Low Health Risk Status, or Yellow. (May 22 
  • Governor Herbert released a third version of the “Utah Leads Together” plan, with guidelines to protect high-risk individuals and address impacts on Utah’s multi-cultural communities. (May 20)  
  • Governor Herbert issued an Executive Order on May 16 moving much of Utah to Low Health Risk Status, or Yellow. (May 16)  
  • Governor Herbert announced most of Utah will move from the “moderate risk” safety level to the ’low risk” level as of Saturday, May 16. (May 14)  
  • 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 issued an Executive Order that formally places the state of Utah under “moderate risk” protocols for COVID-19 beginning on May 1, 2020. (April 30)  

Curfews:

  • None issued.

Social-Distancing Guidelines:

  • Utah Supreme Court Justice Matthew B. Durrant issued an updated administrative order Friday, expanding the types of hearings judges can hold by remote video and telephone. (May 1)  
  • Governor Herbert has issued an Executive Order temporarily suspending, through May 15, 2020, the enforcement of statutes for some expiring vehicle registrations. (April 30)  
  • Governor Herbert announced “A Mask for Every Utahn” project, a publicprivate partnership through the Utah Manufacturers Association and Cotopaxi, to provide all Utahns with a free face mask. (April 28)  
  • State parks are now open to everyone except those under local health order restrictions. (April 17)  
  • Governor Herbert issued an Executive Order requiring individuals entering Utah to complete a travel declaration form. (April 9)  
  • Grand County has banned leisure travel and overnight stays, including camping, for non-residents. (April 9) 

Delivery Services:

  • Utah restaurants and bars have been ordered to cease dine-in operations until April 15. (April 1)  

SCHOOL CLOSURES

K-12:

  • Governor Herbert announced all K-12 schools will remain closed through the end of the school year. (May 14)  

State Higher Education:

  • All state higher education institutions are conducting classes online, encouraging social distancing and travel restrictions for students, employees and staff, and canceling school-sponsored events and gatherings. (gov)

Giving Oportunities

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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