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Summit County COVID-19 Update and Stay at Home Order Details

Posted by Scott Maizlish on Thursday, April 16th, 2020 at 11:24am.

COVID-19 has certainly impacted Summit County, UT. If you live in Summit County, it’s important that you stay up to date on what is happening regarding the virus and the restrictions put in place because of the virus. With so much information going around, and many misleading rumors spreading as well, it’s crucial that you have access to the facts.

We wanted to share some information with you to help ensure that everyone is well-informed. We want everyone to stay safe and healthy during these difficult times. Check out the information included below to learn more about how Summit County is handling the virus and what changes have been put into place. 

Number of Coronavirus Cases in Summit County

The number of COVID-19 cases has been rising steadily over the past month in Summit County, UT. As of April 13th, 2020 the total number of reported cases in the county is 306. These numbers are specific to residents only, as the Utah Department of Health is no longer reporting visitor cases in Utah. 

The first case was reported on March 11th, and since then there has been at least one case reported each day. On April 5th, 26 total cases were reported, the highest number of cases recorded in one day so far. 

Extension of COVID-19 Health Orders

The Summit County Board of Health had a meeting on April 6th, 2020 and decided to align the expiration date of all three existing COVID-19 Health Orders with the date of May 1st. No changes were made to any of the Orders aside from the new expiration date of May 1st. 

Summit County Health Director Dr. Rich Bullough clarified that they chose to make the expiration date the same for all orders to eliminate confusion. 

Here are summaries of each order:

  • Order 2020-1: Mandates closure of dine-in food service restaurants, resorts, bars, entertainment venues, spas, exercise facilities, churches, and other businesses where people gather. 
  • Order 2020-2: Prohibits gatherings of more than 10 people, with certain exceptions made to construction work sites.
  • Order 2020-3: Stay at Home Order that requires residents and businesses to stay at home and stop all non-essential travel and operations. 

Dr. Bullough also made the following statement, “We are doing all we can in coordination with our healthcare system to aggressively fight COVID-19 in Summit County and we are making progress. We will continue to look at when and how we can resume regular business operations and day-to-day life as the outlook allows. If we do this too soon, however, we’ll be right back where we started.”

Stay at Home Order FAQ

There may be some confusion about the Stay at Home Order in Summit County and the restrictions and guidelines put into place in the county. Check out these frequently asked questions for more information about what it all means. Note: All information is supplied from the Summit County Health Department. 

What does the Stay at Home Order mean?

The Stay at Home Order went into effect on Friday, March 27th. It was enacted to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Residents of Summit County are being asked to stay at home and avoid non-essential travel, with the following exceptions:

  • You may go to grocery stores, convenience stores and pharmacies for essential items (like food and medication).
  • You may leave your home to attend medical appointments.
  • You may leave to pick up the equipment necessary for being able to work from home.
  • You may travel to care for family members or pets. 

You are also asked to practice social distancing while doing any of these essential activities.

What does Social Distancing mean?

Social Distancing means maintaining a distance of at least six feet from others at all times. It also includes washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds frequently, covering all coughs and sneezes, not shaking hands, and regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces. 

When will the Stay at Home Order be lifted?

As of right now, the Order is in effect until at least May 1st. It will be reviewed at that time and either ended, extended, or modified. So, we do not know with certainty when the Stay at Home Order will be lifted. The Summit County Health Department will keep residents updated on any changes made to any of the Health Orders. 

Is Park City Transit still in operation?

Yes, Park City Transit is still operating. However, you must only use public transit for performing essential activities or for traveling to work at an essential business. You must also practice social distancing requirements while on public transit. 

Can I go outside to exercise or do yard work?

Yes, you can go outside to work in your yard or exercise. Walking, running, hiking, biking, and other similar activities are all permitted as long as social distancing is maintained. 

In fact, it’s actually recommended that you get outside to enjoy some fresh air and exercise! Doing so can help keep you healthy both physically and mentally. 

However, you may not congregate with groups of people, unless those people live in your household. This means that getting a group together to play a sport outside is not permitted unless all participants live in the same household. So, you can play a game of soccer outside with your kids, but not with anyone who lives in a different home. 

What businesses are considered essential?

While many businesses are currently closed, including dine-in restaurants, beauty salons and more, many “essential” businesses are still open. A few of these include hospitals, veterinary offices, grocery stores, food banks, gas stations, hardware stores, drive-thru and curbside restaurants, and more. For a full list of essential operations that are currently permitted to be open, visit this Summit County Health page. 

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