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Coronavirus in Utah: Latest COVID-19 Updates for Monday, April 6

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Posted at 6:24 AM, Apr 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-07 08:13:00-04

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MONDAY, APRIL 6

10:30 PM - RVs for MDs: Utahns donate use of motorhomes to doctors on COVID-19 front lines

7:23 PM - Bryce Canyon National Park will close Tuesday at 5 p.m. until further notice. More information here.

5:49 PM - Disability Law Center of Utah calls for statewide stay-at-home order

5:45 PM - FOX 13 report: COVID-19 appears to slow in Utah and the U.S., while some places may have hidden epidemics

4:05 PM - Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson said she is prepared to extend her stay-at-home order for months, if necessary.

In an interview Monday with FOX 13, the mayor said the latest data modeling shows Utah's coronavirus cases and hospitalizations are expected to peak in late April. But that will not mean the end of social distancing. FULL STORY>>>

3:58 PM - Lagoon has confirmed it will not open for the upcoming Easter weekend.

In the interim, we will continue to maintain and sanitize the Park, taking the recommended precautions to safeguard our employees and partners. We urge all of Lagoon’s guests to also follow directed guidance to protect themselves and prevent the spread of COVID-19 which will help to shorten the length of these significant social and economic impacts.

We will continue to update this announcement at the beginning of each week which we hope will answer some of the questions that we have received. We are also grateful for the kindness and concern of many of those that have contacted Lagoon. To our season passholders, we share the disappointment of those anxious to utilize the Park and look forward to making it available with a new ride and other new delights that we trust will justify the wait.

3:38 PM - The Mountain America Expo Center in Sandy has been converted into a 250-bed alternative care site in the case of hospital overflow.

3:44 PM - The Garfield County Commissioners, Bryce Canyon National Park, and Governor Gary Herbert are collectively working toward a temporary closure of Bryce Canyon National Park as soon as Wednesday until April 30.

1:00 PM - The Utah Department of Health's latest COVID-19 counts show there are 1,675 lab-confirmed cases in Utah. That's an increase of 70 cases in Utah since Sunday's case counts were released. So far, the Health Department has received confirmed test results for 33,394 people. 138 of the 1,675 people who tested positive for COVID-19 in Utah have required hospitalization. 13 people have died of COVID-19 in Utah.

12:29 PM - The Utah House Democratic Caucus released a statement calling on Governor Herbert to issue a statewide stay-at-home order, as most other states have already done. Read the full statement here.

12:03 PM - The FDA granted a Utah company "Emergency Use Authorization" to approve a new type of COVID-19 testing.

10:58 AM - South Jordan City has its own COVID-19 website showing how city services are affected.

10:51 AM - From the Utah Department of Health: Anyone who develops symptoms of COVID-19, which are fever, cough, or shortness of breath, will be considered for testing. People should call their doctor or use their doctor’s online telehealth service to determine if they need to be tested and to be referred to a testing site.

10:16 AM - The Utah Department of Health's daily news conference is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Monday. Watch it on the FOX 13 News Facebook page or in the FOX 13 app.

9:30 AM - Various local health departments are sharing the CDC's guidelines on taking care of your mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

9:21 AM - From the San Juan Public Health Dept.: San Juan County remains with a total of 5 residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 with one of them staying in the Salt Lake Valley and the remaining four who are near the southern most region of the county near the Utah/Arizona border (Navajo Nation).

8:40 AM - Utah Transit Authority ridership has decreased due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so the public transit system is now operating under a reduced schedule.

On Monday, UTA announced its bus routes are moving from 15-minute to 30-minute schedules. The Utah Valley Express (UVX) line is running every 15 minutes, the TRAX lines are running every 30 minutes and the FrontRunner lines are running every 60 minutes. Click here for UTA's current schedule.

8:22 AM - As of Monday, Utah is one of nine states that do not currently have statewide stay-at-home orders.

7:44 AM - Payson City is closing its pickleball, basketball and skateboard parks due to concerns over coronavirus.

6:38 AM - The Southeast Utah Health Department is closing the doors at its Castle Dale office due to COVID-19 beginning today. "We will still be taking phone calls and will be available for any emergencies. Please call 435-381-2252. Thank you," a Facebook post from SUHD said.

6:20 AM - Worldwide case counts: 1,286,409 confirmed cases | 70,356 deaths | 270,098 recoveries