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Coronavirus in Utah: Latest COVID-19 Updates for Friday, April 10

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Posted at 6:08 AM, Apr 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-10 20:13:57-04
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FRIDAY, APRIL 10

6:12 PM - SLC Mayor Erin Mendenhall issues new emergency proclamation that includes:

  • Waiving business license fees for landlords who don't evict for financial hardship
  • Rent forgiveness for non -profits on city property
  • St. Vincent de Paul extension for overflow shelter

Full proclamation can be read here.

5:50 PM - Utah Valley University announces that commencement and convocations will be held Aug. 19-20.

5:48 PM - University of Utah leaders announce plans for two graduation celebrations for the Class of 2020—a “virtual” General Commencement on April 30 and traditional college convocations on December 18 and 19.

5:37 PM - Rep. Ben McAdams is participating in a clinical trial evaluating blood plasma of recovered COVID-19 patients.

5:34 PM - Anesthesiologist and state lawmaker Suzanne Harrison shows what type of personal protective equipment she wears as she treats patients.

3:20 PM - The family of the first person to pass away from COVID-19 in Utah has released his name. Robert Douglas Rose passed away on Mar. 22, 2020 at the age of 79 from complications related to COVID-19.

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3:15 PM - At least two Utah inpatient addiction programs have been hit with coronavirus, The Salt Lake Tribune reports.

3:12 PM - "Stay Brighter" campaign encourages St. George residents to stay active, stay kind and stay smart

2:56 PM - American Fork City Hall is available for virtual weddings and funerals. More information here

2:01 PM - Joe Dougherty of the Utah Division of Emergency Management said Utah is using a system called WebEOC to manage the wireless alerts being sent to people coming into Utah. The system has been in place for several years and was put into place under the direction of FEMA. He said the WebEOC system, on its own, does not collect data from the people who receive the alerts. The people who receive the alerts are asked to go to entry.utah.gov and participate voluntarily.

1:54 PM - Commissioner Jess Anderson of the Utah Department of Public Safety reiterates that the travel declarations program that went into effect today will not result in checkpoint stops. Some people, like commercial airline workers, law enforcement, active military, healthcare workers and others who travel in and out of Utah frequently will be exempt from participating in the COVID-19 declarations.

1:45 PM - Dr. Dunn encourages outdoor activity, as it's more difficult for COVID-19 to spread in open air, and it's good for physical and mental health. She says you still need to follow social distancing guidelines and suggests visiting places like hiking trails during non-peak times.

1:41 PM - Dr. Dunn says anyone with any of the COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) can and should be tested, even if they only have one of the symptoms.

1:30 PM - Dr. Angela Dunn, state epidemiologist for the Utah Department of Health, said the four new COVID-19 deaths were all men over the age of 60. Three of them were in Salt Lake County and the fourth was in Utah County. Two of the Salt Lake County deaths occurred in patients at long-term care facilities.

1:00 PM - Utah's COVID-19 confirmed case count increased by 126 since Thursday's update. 2,102 people in Utah have been diagnosed with the disease. Of those, 183 have required hospitalization - a hospitalization rate of about 8.7 percent. 17 people have died of COVID-19 in Utah.

12:51 PM - Utah's New Case Counts: 2,102 confirmed cases | 40,762 people tested | 183 hospitalizations | 17 deaths

12:32 PM - From the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources: To follow social distancing guidelines and prevent the spread of COVID-19, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is now offering temporary online field day for hunter education courses. Learn more: https://go.usa.gov/xvWna

11:55 AM - Provo Parks & Recreation reminds everyone not to use public playground equipment until further notice, per the State of Utah's "Stay Safe, Stay Home" directive.

11:10 AM - The Utah Highway Patrol has an important message for people driving on Utah roadways: they're still writing speeding tickets during the COVID-19 pandemic.

10:01 AM - From Wasatch County Emergency Management: The Wasatch County COVID-19 team has worked very hard to keep us informed each day. They have created a website that has very useful tools to help you know what is going on in Wasatch County such as the current situation, business resources, mental health tools, and testing information. Thank you for doing your part to flatten the curve. http://coronavirus.wasatch.utah.gov/

9:33 AM - Weber-Morgan Health Department answers the question: "What is a 'recovered' COVID-19 positive case?" "WMHD defines a 'recovered' case as having resolution of fever, improvement of symptoms, and released from isolation."

8:39 AM - Report from The Salt Lake Tribune: You can trust Utah’s coronavirus death toll, state medical examiner says
6:35 AM - Richfield Communications: Utah will deploy a Wireless Emergency Alert for motorists entering Utah starting Friday, April 10, 2020.
What does this mean for your communities? Following a recent executive order from Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, Utah will, for the first time, deploy a targeted wireless emergency alert (WEA) on certain highways that cross state borders into Utah. The alert will direct motorists to fill out a brief declaration, or survey, that is available at entry.utah.gov.
What does this mean for your communities? Following a recent executive order from Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, Utah will, for the first time, deploy a targeted wireless emergency alert (WEA) on certain highways that cross state borders into Utah. The alert will direct motorists to fill out a brief declaration, or survey, that is available at entry.utah.gov.

6:12 AM - Grand County Sheriff's Office: "This pandemic is not a vacation. We understand it can be inconvenient to postpone your vacation plans. We ask for your understanding that we are trying to protect health and life. Please, refrain from traveling to vacation in Moab at this time. Stay Home, Stay Safe." Click here to read the full statement.

6;06 AM - Latest Confirmed COVID-19 Case Counts: 1,612,646 worldwide | 466,299 in the United States | 1,976 in Utah