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Coronavirus in Utah: Latest COVID-19 Updates (Thursday April 2)

Real-time alerts, advisories and closures related to the COVID-19 outbreak
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Posted at 5:56 AM, Apr 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-03 08:10:34-04

RESOURCES: Global COVID-19 Map (Updated) * Utah Dept. of Health Updates * CDC Updates

THURSDAY, APRIL 2

9: 34 PM - The Utah Army National Guard confirms they are preparing for deployment but say it is not because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

9:01 PM - Utah businesses donate personal protective gear to rural first responders.

8:04 PM - Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall announces she supports a state-wide stay-at-home order.

6:54 PM - Provo Mayor Michelle Kaufusi releases an educational video titled "Stay a Kaufusi Away" encouraging proper social distancing.

5:07 PM - Governor Gary Herbert releases an executive order that allows remote signature gathering for local referenda.

4:17 PM - The Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office confirmed the first three cases of COVID-19 at the Salt Lake County Jail, several prisoners taken into precautionary quarantine.

3:45 PM - The Davis County and Weber-Morgan health departments both published guides showing which types of businesses are closed and which others are operating under heightened safety precautions after public health orders were issued in each of the districts.

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1:45PM - Gov. Herbert and local partners announced the 'TestUtah campaign to improve Utah's COVID-19 testing capabilities and limit the spread of the disease. Click here to visit the TestUtah website and take an assessment.

1:00 PM - The Utah Department of Health's latest COVID-19 counts show there are 1,074 lab-confirmed cases in Utah. So far, the Health Department has received confirmed test results for 21,065 people. 100 of the 1,074 people who tested positive for COVID-19 in Utah have required hospitalization. Seven people have died of COVID-19 in Utah. Click here to view a full demographic breakdown of Utah's confirmed COVID-19 cases.

12:41 PM - Central Utah Public Health Department announces its second case of COVID-19. The patient is a Millard County woman between ages 18 and 60. She is recovering at home. This is the first known case of community spread in the Central Utah Health District.

12:40 PM - Fox 13 report: Fitness instructor goes from a busy career to filing for unemployment benefits.

12:25 PM - University of Utah Health and Intermountain Healthcare team up to offer COVID-19 testing at Park City Ice Arena.

11:55 AM - Fox 13 report: Salt Lake City Police see an increase in custodial dispute calls.

11:02 AM - DCFS sees drop in calls because of coronavirus, but it doesn't mean abuse has stopped.

10:40 AM - Utah Division of Indian Affairs shares information about what tribal members need to know about COVID-19.

10:18 AM - Utah Foster Care is conducting online training for foster parents during this time of isolation.

9:30 AM - Stockton Police Chief honored for having a job that can't be done at home.

9:05 AM - The Kaysville Police Department reminds residents there about some closures in parks and open spaces.

8:45 AM - 28,560 Utahns filed for unemployment insurance benefits last week.

8:25 AM - Nebo School District congratulates Springville Junior High for its Dr. Suess-esque artwork.

7:10 AM - Grand Canyon National Park is closed due to coronavirus concerns.

7:00 AM - Record 6.6 million Americans file for unemployment benefits last week, Utah numbers released at 9:00 a.m.

6:35 AM - Fox 13 report: Social Security recipients will no longer have to file a tax return to receive economic stimulus money.

6:05 AM - TriCounty Health updates public health order for the Uintah Basin.

6:00 AM - Latest world numbers: 951,901 confirmed cases, 48,284 deaths.

5:55 AM - Latest US numbers: 216,722 confirmed cases, 5,113 deaths.

5:50 AM - Latest Utah numbers: 1,012 confirmed cases, 20,155 tested, 91 hospitalied, 7 deaths. Upated numbers between noon and 1 p.m.