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Central Valley Medical Center is working hard to continue to support the community with all their healthcare needs during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. CVMC has a robust COVID-19 preparedness plan and is ready to respond to community needs in collaboration with our local and state health agencies.

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Last Update 01/15/2021: COVID-19 ‘UK variant’ discovered in Utah

The Utah Department of Health (UDOH) has confirmed the state’s first case of the B.1.1.7 COVID-19 variant, frequently referred to as the ‘UK variant’. The case was discovered through ongoing genetic sequencing of positive COVID-19 samples by the Utah Public Health Laboratory (UPHL).

The case is a 25-44 year old male from Salt Lake County who tested positive last month. The case has no known travel outside of Utah and experienced only mild symptoms. The Salt Lake County Health Department conducted routine case investigation and contact tracing activities with the case.

“We fully anticipated we would find this strain in Utah,” said Dr. Angela Dunn, state epidemiologist at the UDOH. “We know this strain is more transmissible than previous COVID-19 variants, and our hospitals continue to operate near or over capacity. So now more than ever, Utah residents need to wear masks, practice physical distancing, and avoid large gatherings.”

The COVID-19 vaccines currently approved for use are believed to be effective against this strain.

The UPHL has been performing genomic sequencing of the SARS-CoV-2 virus since the beginning of the pandemic, with the goal of sequencing 10% of the positive COVID-19 samples identified. The lab sequences positive samples it identifies, as well as samples routinely submitted from other laboratories throughout the state.

For more information on how to protect yourself from COVID-19 spread, visit our Protect Yourself page.

Last Update 01/14/2021: Public Vaccine Distribution

Public Reminder:
Please be aware that, CVMC WILL NOT BE DISTRIBUTING THE COVID-19 VACCINE TO THE PUBLIC.

Please, Contact your LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT to schedule an appointment or to find out when vaccination clinics will be held. You must schedule your appointment ahead of time. Do not just show up without an appointment, as each local health department may have a different process for registration. Please understand they have limited vaccines and that appointments will fill up quickly. It may take a few tries to get an appointment.

State COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Information:
coronavirus.utah.gov/vaccine-distribution/#lhd

Last Update 01/12/2021: The People Behind the COVID-19 Hotline

The COVID-19 hotline, one might say, is the sometimes invisible cog that keeps the massive COVID-19 response effort moving. The hotline has taken more than 205,000 calls since the beginning of the pandemic in March - an average of 655 calls a day - and that massive number won’t stop growing any time soon.

The heroes who direct public inquiries and concerns about the pandemic are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Their knowledge in the field of healthcare is not the only attribute contributing to their success - they find real joy dedicating themselves to keeping the public informed with the most accurate, current information available.

What most people don’t know is that the COVID-19 hotline is staffed and run by the Utah Poison Control Center. While the Utah Poison Control Center has assisted in other public health emergencies, nothing compares to the massive scale of the pandemic response. What was supposed to be a few months of helping the state of Utah manage the initial demand for information, has turned into nearly a year of helping Utahns, and people across the country, find the answers they need.

Learn more HERE

Last Updated 01/11/2021: Mild Side Effects from the COVID-19 Vaccine are Normal

It’s understandable that you might have questions or concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine. Many people are worried about how quickly the vaccines were developed and if they have any side effects. During the development of the COVID-19 vaccines, safety was the top priority. No steps were skipped, and the vaccines were rigorously tested. Clinical trials for COVID-19 vaccines didn’t find any specific safety concerns for any one group of people. This means the vaccine is safe for people of all of the ages that were studied, and for any race, ethnicity, those who have underlying medical conditions, and people who have already been infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. And while side effects are possible, the most important thing to remember is that the benefits of getting vaccinated outweigh the risks of getting COVID-19.

Learn more HERE

Last Updated 01/11/2021: Free COVID-19 Testing Adds More Sites Across Utah

The Utah Department of Health (UDOH) is offering free rapid antigen testing at many locations throughout the state of Utah. Sites are chosen based on high positivity rates, lower numbers of tests conducted, untreated wastewater sampling, and other surveillance data. Some locations will be drive-through while others will be conducted in buildings. We encourage everyone to continue to wear masks and social distance while waiting in lines.

Anyone can get tested at these free testing clinics, even if they do not have symptoms of COVID-19. We also encourage anyone who might have any symptoms, even mild ones, to come and get tested. Please register online here. If do not register online or are unable to register online, you will be able to register at the site but it will take longer for you to be tested. Identification may be required.

The goal of these testing clinics is to more quickly identify people who are currently infectious with COVID-19, including those who may not even know they are infected because they don’t have symptoms. Identifying these individuals will help slow the spread of infection in the community.

Rapid antigen tests are less sensitive than PCR tests. This means PCR tests are better than antigen tests at detecting the virus, particularly when a person has small amounts of virus in their body. If an individual has symptoms and tests negative on the rapid antigen test or an individual doesn’t have symptoms and tests positive on the rapid antigen test, they will be referred for a follow up, confirmation PCR test.

Last Update 01/08/2021: Utah teachers, school staff, older adults to receive COVID-19 vaccine

Teachers and staff members in Utah’s K-12 schools will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine beginning the week of January 11. Utah Gov. Spencer J. Cox made the announcement in Friday’s COVID-19 briefing. Utah adults 70 and older will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine beginning the week of January 18.

Gov. Cox set a goal of fully immunizing all health care providers, long-term care facility staff and residents, first responders, public and tribal health frontline workers, K-12 teachers and school staff, and adults older than 70 by the end of February. Approximately 412,000 Utah residents from these population groups are expected to be vaccinated.

School districts have been working with their local health departments and other providers in their areas on plans for vaccinating their staff. Districts and administrators will communicate directly with their employees on how, when, and where to be vaccinated.

“We know there is tremendous demand among teachers for the vaccine, and we are thrilled to be able to accelerate the timeline for immunizing teachers,” said Gov. Cox. “There’s no part of our society that COVID-19 has impacted more significantly than education. Getting the vaccine out to teachers and school staff will provide stability in our schools and improve the educational experience of our students.”

Utah’s 13 local health departments have already vaccinated tens of thousands of Utah health care workers and first responders, and will also be responsible for vaccinating older adults. Older adults or their caretakers should contact their local health department late next week to learn about how to make an appointment.

“Providing vaccines for these additional groups is exciting, but it is important to manage expectations,” said Rich Saunders, Utah Department of Health executive director. “We are still receiving a limited number of doses each week, and demand is likely to outpace supply initially. Not everyone will be able to schedule an appointment next week, but we ask them to be patient and keep trying. We will have enough doses to eventually vaccinate everyone in these groups.”

Originally, teachers and school staff were anticipated to receive vaccinations later in January, and older adults in mid-February. Based on current vaccine administration progress, anticipated supply over the next several weeks, the important role schools play in society, and the severity of disease older adults experience, Utah’s Unified Command group recommended accelerating the vaccination timeline.

Subsequent populations being considered for vaccination priority include prioritization by additional age groups, residents with certain underlying medical conditions, and certain residents who live in congregate settings.

More details about the COVID-19 vaccine, and Utah’s distribution plan, can be found at coronavirus.utah.gov/vaccine.

Executive order

The governor’s executive order, describes vaccine eligibility and vaccine provider requirements, including not administering the vaccine to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 within 90 days, administering each COVID-19 vaccine within seven days of receiving the vaccine; and reporting data each day by 6:59 a.m.

It also states that a vaccine provider that does not comply with the Order may be subject to a reduced COVID-19 vaccine distribution or no distribution for future distribution periods. A COVID-19 vaccine not used within seven days of distribution is subject to redistribution.

The Order states the Utah Department of Health shall coordinate with local health departments to establish procedures to offer monoclonal antibodies to residents of long-term care facilities who have tested positive for COVID-19.

For more information on the state’s vaccine distribution plan, please visit our vaccine distribution webpage.

Last Update 1/4/2021: Free COVID-19 Testing Expanded Across Utah

The Utah Department of Health (UDOH) is offering free rapid antigen testing at many locations throughout the state of Utah. Locations are chosen based on high positivity rates, lower numbers of tests conducted, untreated wastewater sampling, and other surveillance data.

Anyone can get tested at these free testing clinics, even if they do not have symptoms of COVID-19. Anyone who wants to be tested can find a location and register online through this online map. We also encourage anyone who might have any symptoms, even mild ones, to come and get tested. Please pre-register to cut down on delays at the test site. If you are unable to register online, you will be able to register at the site. Identification may be required.

The goal of these testing clinics is to more quickly identify people who are currently infectious with COVID-19, including those who may not even know they are infected because they don’t have symptoms. Identifying these individuals will help slow the spread of infection in the community.

Rapid antigen tests are less sensitive than PCR tests. This means PCR tests are better than antigen tests at detecting the virus, particularly when a person has small amounts of virus in their body. If an individual has symptoms and tests negative on the rapid antigen test or an individual doesn’t have symptoms and tests positive on the rapid antigen test, they will be referred for a follow up, confirmation PCR test. (Read more about the different types of tests here.)

Last Update 12/31/2020: How the mRNA Vaccine Works

A messenger RNA vaccine also called an mRNA vaccine, is a new kind of vaccine that is the first safe and effective vaccine being used to fight the COVID-19 virus in the United States.

Learn more HERE

Last Update 12/18/2020: The Distribution Timeline for the COVID-19 Vaccine

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an Emergency Use Authorization for the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. While the first doses of the vaccine have arrived, we only have a limited supply. We want it to be easy for everyone to get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as enough doses are available. Policymakers have developed plans to make sure those who are most at-risk get the vaccine first, and that vaccines are distributed in a fair, ethical, and transparent way.

The Utah Department of Health organized a workgroup made up of health professionals throughout the state (called the Utah Prioritization Workgroup) to develop recommendations for how to prioritize vaccination groups on the state and local level. Their final recommendations, called Utah’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan, are based on current information about COVID-19 vaccines, state and local data, vaccine storage capability of facilities, and guidance from the CDC and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). The Strategic Vaccination Coalition is also providing feedback to the Utah Department of Health on how to prioritize limited supplies of the vaccine.

More vaccines will be available over the next few weeks and months. We expect these guidelines to change based on new information and data. We will continue to provide additional updates about vaccine distribution information when more doses of the vaccine become available. You can find these updates at https://coronavirus.utah.gov/vaccine.

As of now learn about the anticipated distribution timeline for the COVID-19 Vaccine HERE

Last Update 11/8/2020: state of emergency for hospital overcrowding, case surge

Governor and Utah Department of Health Issue Statewide Mask Mandate, Pause Extracurricular Activities, Ask Utahns to Limit Gatherings to Household Only

Following weeks of continued stress on Utah’s hospital networks due to a rise in cases of COVID-19, Gov. Gary R. Herbert has declared a new State of Emergency to address hospital overcrowding.

The situation is dire and unsustainable. We must take action now to protect our hospitals and healthcare workers and to avoid further devastation on our families, communities, and businesses.

Along with the State of Emergency, the governor and Utah Department of Health have issued concurrent executive and public health orders to curb the surge of cases in Utah.

Learn More HERE

Last Update 10/30/2020: Emergency Alert statewide due to rising case counts

Utah reported record case counts for COVID-19 today.

Despite the ongoing pandemic, there are a number of people who are not aware of the dire situation we find ourselves in.

Today, we will issue a single Wireless Emergency Alert statewide as a brief interruption to make sure nearly everyone is aware of the serious nature of the pandemic.

Learn More HERE.

Last Update 9/19/2020: Governor Herbert Renews State of Emergency

Governor also issues brief renewals of several suspended statutes

SALT LAKE CITY (Sept. 19, 2020) - With COVID-19 cases hitting record highs yesterday Gov. Gary R. Herbert has issued an Executive Order that will again place Utah under a State of Emergency. The previous order was scheduled to expire today.

Under the new State of Emergency, the governor will only take certain executive actions, such as suspending statutes, if asked to do so by the Public Health and Economic Emergency Commission. For more information on this policy, see the governor’s letter to legislative leadership here.

To that end, Gov. Herbert has issued brief renewals of statute and rule suspensions to allow Utah residents and agencies to prepare for the reactivation of the statutes and rules. These suspensions allow Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control licensees to maintain their licenses even if they close down for a period of time; suspend some requirements for using telehealth; suspend requirements that parole hearings be open to in-person participation; and allow flexibility to retired employees who have not been separated from employment from a public employer for one year to return to work on COVID-19 related issues without jeopardizing their retirement benefits.

Going forward, phased health guideline changes and mask mandates will be issued as public health orders under the Utah Department of Health.

See the Executive Order declaring a State of Emergency here.

See the Executive Order pertaining to DABC licenseshere.

See the Executive Order regarding telehealth here.

See the Executive Order regarding parole hearingshere.

See the Executive order pertaining to previously retired State employees here.

Last Update 9/11/2020: Lowering Restrictions in Box Elder and Carbon Counties

SALT LAKE CITY (Sept. 11, 2020) - In close consultation with local health authorities and with the Utah Department of Health, Gov. Gary R. Herbert has issued an Executive Order moving Box Elder County and Carbon County to the Minimal Level of Restriction Status, or Green.

View the full order here.

You can see the restriction level for all counties here.

Last Update 9/4/2020: Lowering Restrictions in Salt Lake City and Sevier County.

SALT LAKE CITY (September 4, 2020) - In close consultation with local health authorities and with the Utah Department of Health, Gov. Gary R. Herbert has issued an Executive Order moving all of Salt Lake County to the Low Level of Restriction Status, or Yellow. The order also moves Sevier County to the Minimal Level of Restriction Status, or Green.

Restriction levels for all areas of the state can be seen here.

Along with these changes, the governor has extended the order requiring face coverings to be worn in all state facilities.

View the order on restrictions here.

View the order on face coverings here.

Last Update 9/1/2020: What does COVID-19 do in the human body?

COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by a virus named SARS-CoV-2. COVID-19 means “coronavirus disease identified in 2019.” Sometimes, people use coronavirus and COVID-19 interchangeably, but they are distinct things: One is a virus, and one is a disease caused by the virus.

Learn more HERE.

Last Update 8/21/2020: Utah State of Emergency

Yesterday, Governor Gary Herbert reissued an executive order declaring a state of emergency. All state of emergency orders are in effect for one month at a time.

Utah has been under a state of emergency for the pandemic since March 6, 2020.

A state of emergency is a legal status in state code for the operations of state government that allow state government the flexibility it needs to respond to an emergency situation.

Part of that flexibility could include the following:

Some have said Utah has issued too many orders this year. Most of those executive orders are updates to prior orders issued by the governor. See the list of executive orders at rules.utah.gov.

Some have also said emergency powers were never designed to be used for months at a time. The statutes that authorize the Governor to declare a state of emergency specifically include epidemics. Epidemics and pandemics are not short-lived. So it’s clear that state statute expects that if there’s an epidemic, a state of emergency could be in place for long periods of time.

Learn more: Article

Last Update 8/11/2020: Most people won’t have to pay for COVID-19 testing

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 like a fever, cough, shortness of breath, muscle aches, sore throat, or decrease in smell or taste, you should be tested for COVID-19.

The health department may recommend you get tested if you came into close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, even if you are not sick. If so, they’ll give you a referral code for testing. Some healthcare workers or residents of high-risk facilities (like nursing homes or homeless shelters) are tested even if they don’t have symptoms. Otherwise, only people with at least one symptom of COVID-19 can get tested.

Learn more here: Coronavirus Utah.gov

Last Update 7/27/2020: Adopting Updated Phased Guidelines

SALT LAKE CITY (July 27, 2020) - Gov. Gary R. Herbert has issued an Executive Order adopting version 4.9 of the Phased Guidelines. The updates provide guidance for restaurants operating 24 hours per day and restaurants with buffet service. The order is effective immediately and will remain in effect until August 7.

View the full Order here.

View the updated guidelineshere.

Last Update 7/17/2020: State Offers Free Counseling for COVID-Related Stress

More than 40 crisis counselors are ready to answer your call if you are experiencing stress, anxiety or depression or increased substance misuse because of COVID-19.

The Utah Strong Recovery Project is funded by a FEMA grant facilitated by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The funding is designated to the Utah Department of Human Services Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health to provide statewide emotional support services specifically as a result of the pandemic. Services include emotional support, crisis counseling, mental health education and coping strategies, and referral to additional services and professional help, if needed. All information is confidential and free of charge.

The team of professionals has already helped more than 150 individuals through its initial targeted outreach. With more counselors now on board, the services are available to all Utahns who need help coping with any stress related to COVID-19.

To talk to a Utah Strong Recovery Project counselor seven days a week 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., call/text 385-386-2289 or email your first name and phone number to UtahStrong@utah.gov. After hours if you need an immediate response, please contact the Utah statewide Crisis Line at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or the SAMHSA Distress Hotline at 1-800-985-5990. Video chat and counseling in Spanish and other languages are available.

Last Update 7/17/2020: Mandating Masks in all K-12 Schools

SALT LAKE CITY (July 17, 2020) - Gov. Gary R. Herbert has issued an Executive Order adopting version 4.8 of the Phased Guidelines. The updated guidelines allow but do not require, schools in the Orange (Medium Risk) Phase to open and provide some level of in-person instruction. The order is effective immediately and will remain in effect until August 7.

Today the Utah Department of Health issued a public health order mandating the use of face coverings in all K-12 schools. The order establishes certain exemptions that will apply when an individual is maintaining physical distancing of at least six feet apart from another individual when the individual is eating or drinking, and if the individual has a medical condition, mental health condition, or a disability that prevents the wearing of the face covering.

The public health order is effective immediately and will remain in effect until December 31.

View the updated phased guidelines here.

View the public health order here and the full Executive Order here.

Last Update 7/10/2020: New “Travel Guidance” offers recommendations for those looking at travel during COVID-19

Starting today, a new guidance page can be found here on Utah’s Coronavirus website. The page, called “Travel Guidance,” gives travelers recommendations on what to consider when thinking about travel (both within the United States and internationally.)

Generally, there are no restrictions in the state with regard to travel. But, that doesn’t mean there aren’t risks. The information on this page can help if you’re thinking about traveling and answer some questions about what to do when you get back.

This page has also been translated into Spanish (Esta página ya está traducidaal español.)

Information on travel can also be found on our FAQ page.

Last Update 7/10/2020: Extends Orders for Utah’s Health Risk Status and for the Mandate of Masks in State Facilities

SALT LAKE CITY (July 10, 2020) - Gov. Herbert announced today that he is extending the Executive Order pertaining to the mandate of face coverings to be worn in all state facilities. He also extended Utah’s Health Risk Status, leaving Salt Lake City in Moderate Risk, or Orange, ten counties in the Normal Risk, or Green and the rest of the state in Low Risk, or Yellow.

Both orders will remain in effect until July 24 at 11:59 p.m.

You can view the Order on face coverings in state facilities here.

You can view the Order on the Health Risk Status here.

Last Update 6/18/2020: Moving Sections of Rural Utah to Green Health Risk Status

SALT LAKE CITY (June 18, 2020) - In close consultation with local health authorities and with the Utah Department of Health, Gov. Gary R. Herbert has approved requests for the following counties to transition to Green, or New Normal Health Risk Status: Beaver, Daggett, Duchesne, Emery, Garfield, Millard, Piute, Uintah and Wayne beginning tomorrow, June 19, 2020 at 1:00 pm.

Last Update 6/12/2020: Updated Guidelines as well as Transitions Kane County to Green Health Risk Status and Bluff and Mexican Hat to Yellow.

SALT LAKE CITY (June 12, 2020) - In close consultation with local health authorities and with the Utah Department of Health, Gov. Gary R. Herbert has issued an Executive Order moving Kane County to the New Normal Health Risk Status, or Green as well as Bluff and Mexican Hat to the Low Health Risk Status, or Yellow. Salt Lake City will remain in Orange. Along with these changes the Governor has adopted updated guidelines for areas in the Low and New Normal health risk designation.

The order specifically addresses updated guidelines pertaining to high-risk individuals, gatherings, businesses, education and events.

The order is effective immediately and will remain in effect until 11:59 p.m. on June 26. View the full Orderhere.

View the updated phased guidelines here.

Last Update 6/1/2020: Uninsured COVID-19 Testing Assistance

If you are uninsured and meet residency/citizenship guidelines, you may be eligible to receive coverage for COVID-19 testing and other related services. This coverage can also help pay for any COVID-19 testing you may have already received. The UDOH and other medical providers will provide you more information on this coverage and determine if you qualify. Click here to apply for the COVID-19 Uninsured Testing Coverage.

Last Update 5/29/2020: Transitioning Grand County, West Valley City and Magna to Yellow Health Risk Status May 29, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY (May 29, 2020) - In consultation with the Utah Department of Health and the Local Health Departments, Gov. Gary R. Herbert has issued an Executive Order moving Grand County, West Valley City and Magna to Low Health Risk Status, or Yellow.

Per the Order, Salt Lake City, Bluff and Mexican Hat will remain at Moderate Health Risk, or Orange.

The order is effective immediately.

View the full Executive Order here.

Last Update 5/27/2020: Updated Guidelines for Low-Risk Phase in the Utah Leads Together Plan

SALT LAKE CITY (May 27, 2020) - Gov. Gary R. Herbert has issued an Executive Order updating guidelines for areas in low health risk designation under Utah’s phased health guidance plan.

The order specifically addresses updated guidelines pertaining to socia

The new order clarifies that generally all businesses that are within the counties that have been moved to the low risk phase are operating if they can meet and adhere to the specific guidelines. For clarity, the order states symptom checking in public and business interactions should happen when feasible.

Travel guidelines request that all continue to avoid non-essential travel to areas with widespread community transmission of COVID-19.

The guidance for K-12 education addresses the resumption of school activities, including sports, under jurisdiction of district and school authorities in adherence to indoor and outdoor guidelines. Additionally, hand sanitizer will need to be made available to faculty and students in each classroom and regular hand washing routines will be instituted. Faculty and staff will need to wear face coverings when social distancing is not possible. Updates regarding face coverings for students will be provided by local school and charter boards in consultation with health department officials.

Regarding higher education, campuses may be open for in-person classes with increased cleaning and hygiene regimen. In cooperation with the Utah System of Higher Education, each institution will develop individualized plans for repopulating campus, monitoring for incidence, containing outbreaks, and reclosing if necessary.

More updated information regarding higher education, outdoor recreation, including pools and waterparks can be found in the guidelines attached.

The order is effective immediately and remains in effect until 11:59 p.m. on June 5. View the full order here.

View the updated phased guidelines here.

l gatherings, education, businesses, travel and events.

Last Update 5/22/2020: Moving Bluff and Mexican Hat to Orange Health Risk Status

SALT LAKE CITY (May 22, 2020) - In close consultation with local health authorities and with the Utah Department of Health, Gov. Gary R. Herbert has approved requests for the municipalities of Bluff and Mexican Hat to transition to Orange, or Moderate Health Risk Status. Both areas are located in San Juan County.

Gov. Herbert issued the following statement:

“Because of difficult conditions in the Navajo Nation and along its borders, we are transitioning the municipalities of Bluff and Mexican Hat from yellow to orange to signal a significant health risk in the area. We very much appreciate working with Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez on efforts to combat COVID-19. Our hearts go out to all of our Navajo friends who have been impacted by this awful virus.”

Utah’s color-coded health guidance for Southeastern Utah does not apply to the current situation on Navajo Nation lands located in Utah, as these are sovereign lands. The State of Utah strongly encourages Utah residents living on tribal lands to follow all tribal health directives. Information on public health orders on Navajo Nation lands can be found here.

The order is effective immediately and can be viewed here.

Last Update 5/21/2020: Transitioning Summit and Wasatch Counties to Yellow Health Risk Status

UPDATE (August 14, 2020) - A recent public health order has changed references to “risk” to “restriction.” So in this blog post, references to “Low Risk” really mean “Low Restriction Level.”

SALT LAKE CITY (May 21, 2020) - In consultation with the Utah Department of Health and the Summit and Wasatch County Health Departments, Gov. Gary R. Herbert has issued an Executive Order moving Summit County and Wasatch County to Low Health Risk Status, or Yellow.

The order is effective immediately.

View the full Executive Order here.

Last Update 5/15/2020: Moving Much of Utah to Yellow Health Risk Status

May 15, 2020 - In accordance with yesterday’s announcement, and in consultation with the Utah Department of Health and local health departments across the state, Gov. Gary R. Herbert issued an Executive Order this afternoon moving much of Utah to Low Health Risk Status, or Yellow, effective at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, May 16.

While most counties in the state are transitioning to Yellow, the order clarifies that Grand County, Summit County and Wasatch will remain in the Orange Health Risk Status.

After consultation with local health departments, Salt Lake City, West Valley City, and Magna metro township will also remain in Orange. The color-coded Phased Guidelines have also been updated on the Utah Leads Togethter page.

Updates to Utah’s Phased Guidelines detail considerations for faith groups returning to in-person religious services, provide guidance on arts and entertainment, institute protocols for continuing driver’s education, and clarify requirements for K-12 school operations in the 2020-2021 school year.

View the full order here.

View the updated phased guidelines here.

Last Update 5/6/2020: Recommendations for Moderate- and Low-Risk Phases

New Guidance Applies to Social Gatherings, Outdoor Recreational Activities, Gyms, and Personal Care Services

May 6, 2020) - Gov. Gary R. Herbert has issued an Executive Order clarifying guidelines in the moderate- and low-risk phases of the Utah Leads Together plan.

The order specifically addresses guidelines pertaining to social gatherings, outdoor recreation, personal services, gyms and fitness centers.

The new order clarifies that “private social interactions that occur without oversight by a formal organization are allowable in groups of 20 or fewer” in the moderate-risk phase. The same guidance applies to groups of 50 or fewer in the low-risk phase.

Outdoor recreation guidelines clarify that no one should participate in sporting activities that require teammates to be closer than 10 feet from one another, and clients obtaining personal care services can remove their mask when it would interfere with the service they are receiving.

Gyms may allow skills and conditioning activities when social distancing guidelines are followed. Again, anyone participating in sporting activities must remain 10 feet away from other persons.

The order is effective immediately and remains in effect until 11:59 p.m. on May 15. View the full order here.

View the updated phased guidelines here.

Last Update 4/29/2020: Utah “Moderate Risk” Protocols for COVID-19

(April 29, 2020) - Gov. Gary R. Herbert issued an Executive Order that formally places the state of Utah under “moderate risk” protocols for COVID-19 beginning on May 1, 2020, at 12:01 a.m. Detailed guidelines are provided in the updated Utah Leads Together Plan, and apply to individuals and businesses.

Under “moderate risk,” Utahns are still encouraged to stay home as much as possible but may see small groups of family and friends who have been following recommendations on distancing and hygiene. Some establishments that have been closed by public health orders, including gyms, salons, and other personal care establishments, are permitted to resume operations under very strict guidelines. Dine-in options are once again permitted, where eating establishments exercise extreme precautions detailed in the plan.

Read the full Executive Order ​here.
View the updated phased guidelines here.

Last Update 4/22/2020: Healthy Together Beta App

SALT LAKE CITY (April 22, 2020) - Today, Gov. Herbert announced the public beta testing phase for Healthy Together, a symptom checking mobile application that helps augment current contact tracing efforts. The app is designed to help Utahns work together in concert with public health officials to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The app is free to download, and use of the app is strictly opt-in and voluntary. Users own their location data and can delete it at any time. Personal data shared with public health officials will be used solely to combat COVID-19. Location data will be automatically deleted every 30 days, and symptom data will be automatically de-identified after 30 days. Healthy Together complies with State requirements for data security and encryption.

You can download Healthy Together in your app store, from coronavirus.utah.gov/healthy-together-app, or from healthytogetherutah.com.

Last Updated 4/22/2020: CVMC to Resume Some Elective Surgeries

Central Valley Medical Center will resume some surgical procedures in a measured and cautious way in accordance with the update to the Utah Department of Health public health order of March 23, which suspended elective procedures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The updated order allows for the resumption of some elective procedures pursuant to guidelines established in consultation with the Utah Hospital Association, the Utah Medical Association, the Utah Dental Association, and other medical providers.

You can view the Utah article here.

You can view the full order, and its guidance regarding procedures, here.

You can view the Utah Hospital Association’s roadmap for resuming elective procedures here.

Last Updated 4/6/2020: CVMC POSTPONES Annual Spring Health Fair

To help ensure the safety of our patients, staff, and community during the COVID-19 Pandemic; CVMC has postponed the annual Spring Health Fair tentatively until August 2020.

Last Updated 4/1/2020: CVMC Updates Visitation Policies

The ongoing safety of patients, caregivers, and our communities remains Central Valley Medical Center's top priority. We know it’s difficult for patients, their families and friends to be physically apart, particularly during a hospital stay when having loved ones near gives patients comfort and peace. We recognize the significant sacrifice families and friends are making to support our visitor guidelines and help us create a safe care environment in our facilities during this pandemic. In response to the growing number of COVID-19 cases, Central Valley Medical Center is not allowing visitors for patients, except under a limited number of special circumstances. Beginning April 3, 2020, these exceptions include:

At all facilities:

  • Only enter the facility to seek care for yourself. Please do not accompany a patient.
  • We DO NOT allow anyone under age 18 to enter the facility except to seek care for themselves.
  • Please wash your hands or use alcohol sanitizer before and after leaving a patient room, exam room, and a facility.

At Nephi Hospital Campus:

  • Hospice/End of Life Care; Two visitors are allowed only for the end of life patients.
  • Minor’s under age 18; One visitor or guardian per day.
  • Discharged Patient; One visitor allowed at the time of discharge.
  • Laboring Patients and Postpartum Patients; One support person throughout the stay.

THANK YOU

We appreciate your help in protecting our community from the transmission of COVID-19. It’s our foremost duty as healthcare professionals to keep people safe from harm, and it is a duty we share with you. We all hold an important public health responsibility during these unprecedented times, and your support in our response to COVID-19 is invaluable to preserving the health and safety of our community.

Last Update 3/31/2020: CVMC Implements Telemedicine to Provide Options for Medical Care

TELEMEDICINE NOW AT CVMC!

Central Valley Medical Center’s patients can now take care of ongoing medical problems in the safety of their homes during the coronavirus outbreak. Our goal is to help keep patients as close to home as possible, so they can receive the right care, in the right place, at the right time.

CVMC Nephi and Santaquin Clinics will now be offering Telemedicine visits during clinic hours 8:00 am till 3:00 pm. Patients can call CVMC’s Central Scheduling line at 435-623-3200 or their physician’s office directly, to schedule an appointment.

LAST UPDATE 3/30/2020: CVMC Clinic Hours Change During COVID-19 Outbreak

Central Valley Medical Center's Medical Clinics will be operating under new hours of operation. All three medical clinics located in Nephi, Fountain Green, and in Santaquin City will be open Monday-Friday from 8:00 am till 3:00 pm to help minimize the spread of COVID-19. Nephi Clinic will also operate urgent care hours from 9 am till 12 noon on Saturdays.

The Nephi Clinic will also have a dedicated COVID-19 Specialty Clinic set up for patients who are showing the symptoms of the coronavirus and wish to be seen. This clinic will be open from 8:00 am till 5:00 pm.

Central Valley Medical Center wants to remind the public that most cases of COVID-19 will not mean hospitalization or even a trip to an emergency room. However, if you and think you may have been exposed to a COVID-19 patient or recent travel to an area where COVID-19 is active and you think you may have been exposed, then; please follow these guidelines.

  • No Symptoms; If you are sick, stay home and manage your symptoms as you would any other common illness. If you have general questions about COVID-19 call the CVMC Coronavirus hotline anytime, 24/7, at 435-623-3254 to talk to a nurse.
  • Mild Symptoms; If you are sick with mild symptoms and feel you need screening, call the CVMC Coronavirus hotline anytime, 24/7, at 435-623-3254 to talk to a nurse. Please self-isolate and follow prevention measures to help reduce the chance of spread.
  • Severe Symptoms; If you’re experiencing life-threatening, severe symptoms, dial 9-1-1 or visit the closest emergency room.

Last Update 3/25/2020: CVMC Implements State Health Order to Stop All Non-Urgent Surgeries

On March 23, 2020, the state of Utah issued a state public health order to preserve masks, gloves and other protective equipment for medical professionals assisting in the fight against COVID-19, the Utah Department of Health has announced restrictions on medical, dental, and veterinary procedures that are non-urgent.

“I genuinely appreciate the willingness of Utah’s major healthcare systems, and many individual doctors, dentists, veterinarians, and other health providers, to act proactively to help us preserve the masks, gowns, gloves, and other personal protective equipment (PPE) that will be necessary in the coming days and weeks to protect our front-line doctors, nurses and other health workers and ensure they stay healthy and able to care for patients,” Gov. Gary R. Herbert said.

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“I also appreciate the patience of Utahns who were planning procedures that will now be delayed,” the governor added. “Although the term ‘elective’ indicates something that is non-essential, I realize this will still be an inconvenience, and for that I am sorry. As we look at the experiences of other states and regions of the world, it’s clear that those who are proactive in securing a supply of PPE are far better equipped when they see a surge of COVID-19 patients being admitted to hospitals.”

“Postponing non-essential procedures is a crucial step to help our health systems preserve PPE, and other resources that are crucial in our efforts to treat patients with coronavirus,” said Dr. Joseph Miner, executive director of the Utah Department of Health.

According to guidance by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service, examples of elective procedures include colonoscopies, cataracts, endoscopies, and other procedures that can be delayed without endangering patients.

This order is effective March 25 through April 25, 2020. You can view the full order here.

Last Updated 3/18/20: Press Release; cvmc Continues safe & routine care

Central Valley Medical Center is working hard to continue to support the community with all their healthcare needs during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. CVMC has a robust COVID-19 preparedness plan and is ready to respond to community needs in collaboration with our local and state health agencies.

The safety of our patients, caregivers, and the community is our top priority at Central Valley Medical Center. Our facilities and staff are prepared to continue safe, routine care during this public health issue with COVID-19. It is important to continue to see your provider for regularly scheduled visits to address your other health care needs. Do not neglect your existing needs. If you need to make an appointment with your provider please call to make an appointment.

Hospitals treat patients with infectious diseases every day. There are protocols in place to care for these patients while ensuring the safety of hospital staff, visitors and the larger community. To help keep our hospital and clinics safe and healthy for everyone please adhere to CVMC’s with new visitor restriction policies which can be viewed at centralvalleymedicalcenter.com. This is just one measure we are taking to help protect everyone who works in and receives care at our facilities.

Central Valley Medical Center wants the public to know that most cases of COVID-19 will not mean hospitalization or even a trip to an emergency room. Hospital care is a precious resource that needs to be reserved for those with the most serious symptoms.

If you have general questions about COVID-19 or if you are sick with mild symptoms, and think you may have been exposed to a COVID-19 patient or recent travel to an area where COVID-19 is active and you think you may have been exposed, then; please self-isolate and follow prevention measures to help reduce the chance of spread. You can call Central Valley Medical Center anytime, 24/7, at 435-623-3254 to talk to a nurse or utilize the Utah Coronavirus Information Hotline at 1-800-456-7707 for a virtual assessment. If you’re experiencing life-threatening, severe symptoms, dial 9-1-1 or visit the closest emergency room.

CVMC is currently coordinating with local and state public health departments and officials. We will continue to gather information and resources to keep our patients, staff, providers, and community updated.

Last Updated 3/18/20: CVMC Coronavirus Hotline

If you are sick with mild symptoms, and feel you need screening, call the CVMC Coronavirus hotline anytime, 24/7, at 435-623-3254 to talk to a nurse. Please self-isolate and follow prevention measures to help reduce the chance of spread.

Last Updated 3/6/20: Governor Declares State of Emergency

On Friday, March 6th Governor Herbert declared a State of Emergency for Utah. Declaring a State of Emergency does not indicate that our state is in distress. We are in a state of readiness. This is a practice Utah has done in the past (for example in advance of wildfire season every year). Utah is taking this preemptive step now so that we can all prepare for a potential increased demand on our health services and resources.

Last Updated 3/12/20: Utah Department of Health is Monitoring COVID-19 Situation

The Utah Department of Health is actively monitoring an outbreak caused by COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) first identified in Wuhan, China. This outbreak began in early December 2019 and continues to expand in China and other countries. It is now in the United States.