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Coronavirus in Utah: Latest COVID-19 Updates for Tuesday, April 7

Posted at 6:18 AM, Apr 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-08 08:04:49-04

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10:31 PM - Salt Lake nursing facility 'failed' in handling of COVID-19 cases, says daughter of deceased resident

9:21 PM -, an online platform helping facilitate in-person resources to increase data and testing availability for COVID-19 in Utah is quickly being noticed nationwide.

9:01 PM - Sales of baby chicks increase amid coronavirus pandemic

8:40 PM - Six inmates, seven staff members in Salt Lake County jails test positive for COVID-19

6:28 PM - We’re Open: Carver’s Steaks and Seafood in Sandy is on a mission to give back to employees and community

5:13 PM - Ken Sanders Rare Books is offering one free book per person through the end of April as libraries remain closed.

4:45 PM - SLC Mayor Erin Mendenhall says 70 crosswalk signals in downtown and East Central neighborhoods will now come on automatically so pedestrians don't need to press the buttons.

4:09 PM - Utah Department of Workforce Services is holding a virtual job fair on April 16.

3:54 PM - Governor Gary Herbert urges small businesses in Utah impacted by the novel coronavirus to apply for federal relief to help the state bounce back from the pandemic.

3:52 PM - Provo City encourages anyone struggling with food, monetary, mental health or other issues to call 211 for help.

12:50 PM - The Utah Department of Health's latest COVID-19 counts show there are 1,738 lab-confirmed cases in Utah. That's an increase of 63 cases in Utah since Monday's case counts were released. So far, the Health Department has received confirmed test results for 34,647 people. 148 of the 1,738 people who tested positive for COVID-19 in Utah have required hospitalization - a hospitalization rate of about 8.5 percent. 13 people have died of COVID-19 in Utah.

12:35 PM - Garfield County issued an emergency recreation order, closing several public land locations due to COVID-19. The order applies to recreationists, but not to ranchers. The order is in effect immediately in the following locations:

• Upper and Lower Calf Creek Falls
• Deer Creek Campground
• All Escalante Canyons
• Devil’s Rock Garden
• Zebra Slot Canyon
• Burr Trail (Long Canyon Slots, Big Pines Camp Area, etc.)
• Irish Canyons including Sandthrax Camping Area
• Hog Springs Canyon
• Star Springs Campground
• North Wash
• Ticaboo/Bullfrog Area
• And all other recreation sites where proper social distancing practices cannot be achieved

12:23 PM - When will your stimulus check arrive? Here is what we know about the timeline.

12:11 PM - The Utah Department of Workforce Services has added new unemployment insurance resources to its COVID-19 website. Those seeking unemployment insurance benefits now have access to a list of frequently asked questions and answers about filing weekly claims and an overview of the process for filing unemployment insurance claims.

Due to COVID-19, Utah's Unemployment Insurance Division is processing a record-high number of claims. "As a result, individuals should expect to see disruptions to normal service levels including high call and chat wait times as well as 21-30 days for processed claims," a news release from the Division said.

12:04 PM - The Central Utah Public Health Department has canceled all of its in-person food handler permit classes until further notice.

10:58 AM - The Juab County EMS Crew is preparing cloth masks (two per household) for residents of Eureka. They'll be distributed via drive-thru service at Eureka's ambulance/fire station on Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and on Friday from 10 a.m. to noon. Some deliver service will also be provided. Click here for further details.

10:20 AM - Smith's grocery stores are adopting customer limits to encourage physical distancing. Starting today, stores will limit the number of customers to 50% of the building code's capacity.

“Smith’s introduction of customer capacity limits is one more way we are doing our part to flatten the curve while operating as an essential business, providing our customers with access to fresh, affordable food and products,” said Kenny Kimball, President of Smith’s. “During this national pandemic, we are committed to adopting preventive measures to help protect the safety and health of our associates, customers and communities.”

10:00 AM - The CDC has released instructions for how to make a COVID-19 face mask.

7:57 AM - The Utah Coronavirus Task Force has posted a series of helpful videos: When Kids Are Bored | Dr. Pavia - Kids, Coronavirus and Social Distancing | Dr. Good - Flattening the Curve

7:08 AM -Thousands of people throughout Utah and millions more across the country are looking for employment after they were laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Matthew Hilbig, a career placement expert with Organizational Consultants to Management/Lee Hecht Harrison, spoke with FOX 13 about some of the ways you can make your resume and LinkedIn profile stand out.

6:15 AM - Tuesday Morning's COVID-19 Confirmed Case Counts: 1,360,039 worldwide | 368,44 in the United States | 1,674 in Utah