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Vernal, UT Oct. 19, 2020 – TriCounty Health Department (TCHD) urges the public to follow current guidelines and Public Health Directives. Current guidelines require face masks in all public areas where physical distancing is not possible, especially in counties listed as moderate or high risk and limiting social gatherings to 10 people or less.

More individuals are testing positive for COVID-19 in Uintah and Duchesne counties. On August 3, 2020, TCHD saw a total of 95 active cases. TCHD is currently nearing that high case count from August. On Oct. 19, 2020 TCHD saw 83 active cases, the majority of which were in Uintah County.

The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Water Quality COVID-19 sewer monitoring is showing that the Ashley Valley Sewer treatment facility has surpassed where Ashley Valley was on Aug. 3, 2020. The Roosevelt sewer treatment facility measures have also increased significantly from past weeks. These surveillance metrics have TCHD concerned that there could potentially be a larger number of COVID-19 cases than the area has seen to date.

Wearing a face mask has shown to decrease transmission of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses. Maintaining a physical distance of 6 feet or greater from members of separate households, staying home when sick and practicing proper hygiene and handwashing with soap and water is important in slowing the transmission of COVID-19.

Find up to date information on TriCounty Health Department’s Local COVID-19 Situational Update or
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