Whether it’s the stomach bug or a variation of the flu, many Basin families have taken their turn staying home with a winter illness. With cases of influenza on the rise, families have been urged to take precautions seriously by the Utah Department of Health urging healthy practices and getting a flu shot. The most recent data from the state health department lists influenza activity levels in the TriCounty Health District as Low to Moderate with 18 confirmed influenza hospitalizations so far this flu season. The frequency of influenza hospitalizations started climbing in mid-December, peaking the first week of January in the state so far. This flu season was comparable to the 2016-2017 season until the start of the new year in which this season has taken the lead with higher flu activity each week.

On Basin Now

December 04, 2017

The TriCounty Health Department is providing the community with information on Hepatitis A and how to prevent exposure and infection. While the state health department has announced that there is an outbreak in the state, TriCounty Health Director Jordan Mathis says there are no confirmed cases in the TriCounty Health District at this time. Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that results from infection of the Hep A virus. The Utah Department of Health reports that between May 1st and November 27th, 87 outbreak-associated cases of Hepatitis A have been identified mostly along the Wasatch Front and are connected to illicit drug use and/or those experiencing homelessness but it has still been warned that there is no guarantee it won’t spread beyond that. Mathis says the best form of prevention is getting vaccinated. The vaccine is especially recommended for children and people with extra risk factors or medical conditions. It is also recommended for residents traveling to international countries. The vaccine is administered in two shots, six months apart and both are needed to have long term protection. For more information on Hepatitis A and how to keep your family safe, visit

On Basin Now

December 08, 2017

The Uintah County Teen Outreach Program has teamed up with TriCounty Health Department to help babies and raise awareness for congenital heart defects. The Teen Outreach Program is in both Uintah and Duchesne County and the youth acquire 20 hours of community service learning. This year the group chose Little Hats, Big Hearts as their focus. “Our goal is to be able to donate 50 red crocheted or knitted hats to be given to newborns during the month of February,” shares TriCounty Health Educator Katie Lucio. Donations need to be in cotton or acrylic yarn and must be submitted by January 5th. TriCounty is even providing red yarn for youth to use to make the infant hats at home. Donation boxes will be at the Roosevelt and Vernal health departments and all are asked to consider helping this worthy goal.