Grand County COVID-19 Information
Grand County and SEUHD Public Health Order - Mask Mandate
Grand County, Utah Mask Mandate is STILL in effect until 6/15/21.
Utah’s termination of the statewide mask mandate on 4/10/21 via HB 294 does NOT affect Grand County’s mask mandate issued under Joint Public Health Order 2021-01GC on March 16, 2021 by the Southeast Utah Health Department and the Grand County Commission. HB 294 expressly protects the right of SEUHD and the Grand County Commission to jointly order a mask mandate.
Grand County's mask mandate may be terminated earlier by SEUHD/Commission upon finding it's no longer needed, or under HB 294, it will automatically terminate if the state meets ALL of the following criteria:
1. 14-day state case rate is less than 191 in 100,000 (we are at 179.4 per 100,000 as of 4/5/21);
2. 7-day state average COVID-19 ICU utilization is less than 15% (we are at 9.7% as of 4/5/21); AND
3. A total of 1,633,000 prime doses of a COVID-19 vaccine have been allocated to Utah (a total of 920,515 prime doses have been delivered to Utah as of 4/5/21)
The House Bill 294 Metrics for termination are available here (scroll to bottom of the page): https://coronavirus.utah.gov/legislative-response/.
*Metrics are updated Mon-Fri
Once Grand County’s mask mandate ends, businesses may continue to require a mask at their own discretion.
Grand County Mask Mandate & Business Compliance
The State Health Order requiring business compliance with the Mask Mandate expired on March 9, 2021. The Grand County Mask Mandate remains in effect until June 15, 2021. If a citizen witnesses a business violating the mandate, they may file a complaint with the County here.
NOTE: A private business CAN legally refuse service to anyone who poses a health concern to the business or the customers, or creates a hostile environment. This includes enforcing a mask mandate during a global pandemic where infection spreads via airborne particles.
IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE COVID-19:
PLEASE CALL Moab Regional Hospital at 435-719-3998
The Grand County COVID-19 Community Task Force was established in an unprecedented, collaborative effort from all Moab and Grand County area stakeholders and community leaders.
These include, but are not limited to, the Southeast Utah Health Department, Moab Regional Hospital, Grand County EMS, Moab City Police Department, Moab Area Travel Council, Grand County Sheriff’s Office, Grand County School District, Moab Chamber of Commerce, Moab Valley Fire Department, City of Moab, business owners, and private citizens. The mission of this collaborated team is to prepare, plan, and respond to a wide range of risk scenarios that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) may present.
Most cases are mild-to-moderate, but symptoms can last from a few days to a few weeks. Symptoms can develop within days of being infected or take up to two weeks to develop. It is extremely important to note we may be infected and contagious prior to any symptoms developing. Please consider this when you are around other people and stay at least 6-feet away to ensure you are protecting them, as well as yourself.
A smaller percentage of cases will become critically ill, and some cases are fatal. Our only tools to combat this virus are for each of us in Grand County to diligently practice personal hygiene and physical distancing. It is imperative that we adhere to the basics of frequent hand washing of at least 20-seconds, sneeze or cough into a tissue or your elbow, disinfect often-touched items, maintain a physical distance of at least 6-feet from others, and avoid groups of 10 or more people. At-risk individuals should self-quarantine to ensure they reduce their risks as much as possible. These simple practices really are our best tools to prevent COVID-19 from gaining a stronghold in our community.
PROTECTING YOURSELF & OUR COMMUNITY BY SLOWING THE SPREAD
COVID-19 presents Grand County with increased risk factors due to the nature of rural healthcare. As we have seen in other communities, it is common for multiple COVID-19 cases to be identified within a very short time frame. This surge can quickly overwhelm our medical response capabilities to adequately care for not only COVID-19 patients but for all of the other medical needs within our community. If the infection rate in our community is slowed down, fewer patients will need medical care at one time, allowing healthcare facilities to keep up. It is critical that we all do our best to "slow the spread" of infection.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that by creating at least a 6-foot distance between yourself and other people, you can slow the spread. This is an extremely powerful tool in protecting not only yourself but the rest of our community. Diligent personal hygiene is the only other tool we have to protect Grand County. Please ensure that you and your family;
- STAY HOME and self-quarantine at the first sign of sickness
- Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20-seconds.
- Use hand sanitizers when soap and water are not available.
- Do not touch your face at all, try to not touch anything above your shoulders.
-Cough and sneeze into a tissue or your elbow.
- Disinfect often-touched objects, including door handles, reading & sunglasses, cell phones, iPads, laptops, remote controls, and light switches.
See the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for more information.
ADDITIONAL HELPFUL INFORMATION:
Read: Southeast Utah Health Department FIRST GRAND COUNTY COVID-19 CASE