Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Uintah Basin: 1

TCHD is informing local healthcare providers on the situation throughout the state as well as locally and working to provide the most up-to-date on testing protocols.  Testing for COVID-19 is only available in our communities through an order issued by a healthcare provider, as criteria and risk factors are met. 

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Local Advisories and Orders

“In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 throughout the state we are asking residents to strongly reconsider any recreational, leisure, and non-essential work-related travel that will take them outside of our communities,” TriCounty Health Officer, Jordan Mathis said in speaking of the formal local travel advisory issued by TriCounty Health Department. “Although we currently do not have any confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our three counties at this time, we are asking residents to continue to take reasonable measures to keep it that way as long as possible,” Mathis emphasized. “Compliance with this advisory will aid our statewide efforts to limit the speed of the spread of the virus and prevent our local and state healthcare resources from becoming overburdened.”

Stay Safe, Stay Home Governor’s Directive effective March 30, 2020

See full directive by clicking here 

Restaurants, Bars and Taverns

Effective immediately, all food service, restaurants, self-serve buffets, salad bars, unpackaged self-serve food services, bars, taverns, nightclubs, private liquor clubs, and saloons in the state of Utah shall immediately close to members, guests, patrons, customers, and the general public… food service may operate on a limited basis… food service may operate on limited basis – dine in food service whether inside or outside a food service establishment is prohibited …

  • Curbside take-out and drive-through, in addition to pickup food service is permitted.
  • Where possible, online and telephonic credit card transactions are strongly encouraged. Cash payments are strongly discouraged.
  • A hotel may not serve a complimentary meal other than a prepackaged, take-out meal that is eaten in an area other than a common area of the hotel.
  • Third party delivery service is permitted.
  • Management of a food service establishment shall ensure, on a daily basis at the beginning of each shift that no employee who presents any symptoms of illness consistent with COVID-19 is permitted to work.
  • This order does not restrict convenience stores from selling a hot food item or a self-serve drink. A convenience store that chooses to sell a hot food item or self-serve drink shall cleanse high-touch surface.

Full order available here

TriCounty Health Department strongly encourages the community to support establishments during this time.

Recommendations for mass gatherings

Effective immediately, the following recommendations shall apply throughout the state:

  • An individual who exhibits any symptom of illness consistent with COVID-19 should withdraw from or be excluded from any physical event or gathering, regardless of size of the event or gathering.
  • Each individual and business should follow the March 16, White House recommendation to avoid any social event or gathering of more than 10 people
  •       This recommendation does not apply to critical government services such as fire, police, emergency response and court services, or to any other necessary services such as hospitals, domestic violence shelters, homeless shelters, grocery stores, convenience stores, stores that sell commodities, gas stations and shipping, transportation and airline industries. These industries are encouraged to use appropriate precautions to prevent and control the spread of COVID-19, and are also encouraged to make critical services available.  This recommendation should not be interpreted to suggest that a business should not have more than 10 employees in a single location, however businesses are encouraged to follow the additional recommendations (for individuals). This recommendation does not apply to a family with more than 10 people in the same household. This recommendation does not apply to a licensed or contracted residential care provider.

See full order here

Governor’s Directive regarding parks

  • Remain at least six feet apart from individuals from other households while engaging in outdoor activities (e.g. walking, hiking, running, biking, driving for pleasure, hunting, fishing)
  • Do not congregate at trail-heads, parks or other outdoor spaces.
  • Do not engage in close-contact or team sports.
  • Do not go to or engage in activities at a state park located outside the county in which you reside.

See full directive here 

Recommendations for all Businesses

  • Where possible, a business should encourage its employees to telecommute.
  • If telecommuting is not possible or practicable, a business should review and implement industry best practices with regard to physical distancing in the workplace.
  • An employee who handles cash or a credit card should use cleansing measures between transactions. Where possible online and telephonic credit card transactions are strongly encouraged.
  • Management should screen each employee on a daily basis and at the beginning of each shift, for any symptoms of illness consistent with COVID-19. An employee who presents any symptoms of illness consistent with COVID-19 should be excluded from the physical premises of the business.
  • A member, guests, patrons, or customers who present symptoms of illness consistent with COVID-19 should be excluded from the physical premises of the business
  • A business that serves a customer in person should use cleansing measures on high-touch surfaces and equipment.

See full order here

Recommendations for Individuals

  • Stay Home as much as possible; work from  home whenever possible.
  • Encourage socializing by phone or video chat
  • Self-quarantine for 14 days after traveling or being exposed to an individual presenting symptoms of illness consistent with COVID-19
  • Engage in appropriate social distancing, including: maintaining a 6-foot distance at all times from other individuals when in public, not shaking hands with other individuals, not visiting friends or family without urgent need, not attending any gathering of any number of people except for members of the same household or residence.
  • Follow strict hygiene standards, including: washing hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, using hand sanitizer frequently, avoiding touching your face, covering your coughs or sneezes, regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces.

See full directive here

TriCounty Health Department prioritizes the health of the community. In any situation, with any virus, illness or disease, TriCounty Health Department puts the health of residents in Uintah, Daggett and Duchesne County first. 


TriCounty Health Department would like everyone to remember through this time that staying healthy is a community effort. We can all prevent illness and viruses from spreading through our communities.

Please visit: Coronavirus.utah.gov for more information. 

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  • Wash your hands regularly with water and soap for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid non-essential travel to any impacted areas
  • Avoid non-essential contact with people who are sick. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.  
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a household cleaning spray or wipe.