Recorded Messages from Task Force Agencies can be found in the documents link here
***April 1 Update***
This is a message from Kane County Emergency Services.
As of Wednesday April 1st, Kane County has 2 positive cases of COVID-19. The first case is a travel related case. The individual is not a full-time resident of Kane County but was visiting a family in the Kanab area when they became sick and were treated in the Kane County Hospital. The second case is a Kane County resident who lives on the East end of the county. The hospital is not currently treating either of these patients. The Health Department is aware of both cases and is working with the families to identify other persons who may have contacted the sick individuals. If you think you know these individuals, please give them some privacy and allow them to heal. Our hospital staff is well equipped with personal protective equipment and trained in proper hygiene procedures. If you encounter them outside of the hospital, please treat them with respect and thank them for the service they are providing to protect your family.
County and City officials want to remind everyone that we have expected and prepared for this situation. We will most likely see more cases in the coming days. There is no need to panic and everyone is cautioned to continue with the guidance that has been given for several weeks. We hope these new developments will remind all residents of Kane County to follow these simple rules we have been given. Keep washing your hands, keep your hands away from your face, and keep your family home. If you need to go to the store or to pick up food, only one person should go. Do not congregate in groups, not even large family groups. It is still safe to go out in your yard or take your dog for a walk and call your neighbors on the phone and check on them.
Always remember to get your information from reputable sources. Many people are spreading false and hateful information, especially on social media, which only creates panic in our communities. Beware of scams from individuals trying to sell you supplies or asking for your personal information in relation to money you might be expecting from the federal government. They will not call you on the phone. For the most accurate information, use the state’s website, coronavirus.utah.gov.
If everyone will follow Governor Herbert’s current plan of Stay Home, Stay Safe, Save Lives, we will get through this.
***March 30 Update***
Effective March 30, 2020, all County Office public entrances are to remain locked, even during business hours. Specifically, regarding the Courthouse, all doors are to remain locked.
Individuals that must have access to County Offices in order to conduct business will need to contact that office and make an appointment.
The entrance located next to the Clerk’s Office and the entrance next to Commission Chambers have had a doorbell installed. If you have an appointment or have made prior arrangements you will be admitted to go directly to that office.
All members of the public are to be encouraged to conduct business by other options rather than in person.
***March 27 Update***
Today Governor Herbert released a statewide directive entitled, "Stay Safe, Stay Home." This directive aims to slow the spread and minimize the health impacts of COVID-19 while promoting local control. The Governor has asked that all Utahns stay home as much as possible, work from home whenever possible, and maintain social distancing. "Stay Safe, Stay Home" Directive. "Stay Safe, Stay Home" Press Conference.
***March 21 Update***
Over the past few weeks the guidelines and restrictions put in place due to COVID-19 have changed rapidly, sometimes from day to day. However, the last several days we have seen our Federal, State and local governments settle in on the current social distancing strategy.
Below is a simplified listing of all the various restrictions and guidelines along with their current timelines. Any restriction or recommendation remains subject to change but these are the respective dates as they currently stand unless extended or suspended.
President Trump’s “15 Days to Slow the Spread” campaign guidelines were issued on March 16th. Although this specific campaign is in effect only until April 1, many of these simple social distancing and general hygiene guidelines will continue to be recommended. You can find the guidelines here.
Schools are closed for two weeks until March 30th. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has recently updated their recommendations regarding school closures so we are likely to receive an update from the state or our local school district early next week.
The State Department of Health’s Order regarding dine-in restrictions for Utah restaurants and bars and the restriction on group gatherings of more than ten is currently in effect until April 3rd. Please feel free to use the many options offered in our community for drive-through, take-out, and delivery.
Kane County buildings and most city offices are closed to the public or have limited access until May 1st. Most offices can assist you over the phone or by email.
There are two main points to emphasize at this time. First, we are under social distancing recommendations, NOT isolation or shelter in place orders. In general this means that if you are healthy you should remain social but you need to keep gatherings to ten or less and allow six feet of space between others whenever possible. However, you should not feel restricted to your home or from interacting with others. All healthy individuals should attempt to keep your life as normal as possible while following the restrictions and maintaining good hygiene practices. If you are sick, elderly, or have significant health risks you should stay home as much as possible.
Second, in our area and many other areas of the nation, social distancing is working. For Utah and specifically for Kane County this means it is very unlikely that tougher restrictions will be necessary. Thank you to everyone who is doing their part. Thank you particularly to those who are continuing to support local businesses many of which have suffered tremendously. Let’s continue to help them through this difficult time, with our thoughts, our prayers, and with our dollars. Keeping businesses open and keeping folks employed will go a long way to helping slow any economic down turn and hasten our recovery.
We are in this together.
***March 20 Update***
Commission meetings will not have audience members in the meeting but encourage concerned citizens to join in the audio portion of the meeting by dialing:
Phone number (435) 676-9000 This is a local call from within the South Central service area.
Participant code 168030#
***March 19 Task Force Update***
Attached is the governor's order on the Open and Public Meetings Act. I will summarize below.
1. Any public entity that is subject to the Open Meetings Act is authorized to conduct an electronic meeting whether or not they have previously adopted a policy. If the entity has not adopted a policy and they will be holding an electronic meeting under the authority of this order they must adopt a policy as soon as they can.
2. Normally for an electronic meeting, the entity must still have one or more physical locations for the public to attend and observe. Under the governor's order no physical location is required. However, the entity must still provide a way for the public to hear or see live remotely. If there is any public comment there must be a means for the public to submit comments electronically.
3. Normally for an electronic meeting you would need to post a notice at the physical location 24 hours in advance. Under the governor's order the notice at the physical location is not required (because you won't have a physical location). However, you must still post the 24 hour notice on the Utah Public Notice Website and that notice must include the details for how the public can participate remotely.
Please let me know if you have any other questions.
Thanks, Rob Van Dyke - County Attorney
COVID-19 Information links
Here is the link for the Silicon Slopes Serves website https://www.slopesserves.com
Here is a direct link to the YouTube video with yesterday’s call. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWunYARwOZg
I just tried the YouTube link on the SSS site, and now it is not working, but the direct link is working. There is a lot of really good information on this call.
***March 18 Task Force Joint update***
Chair, Kane County Commission
Re: Joint Statement Regarding Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Dear Kane County Area Residents:
On March 6, 2020, Governor Gary Herbert issued an Executive Order declaring a state of emergency due to Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The main purpose of the declaration was to “recognize the need for state and local authorities, and the private sector to cooperate to slow the spread of COVID-19.”
On March 13, 2020, President Donald J. Trump declared a national state of emergency based on the continuing spread of COVID-19. Under the recommendations of the President’s COVID-19 Task Force, President Trump has issued national recommendations under the “15 Days to Slow the Spread” campaign.
The State of Utah, through the State Department of Health and under the direction of Governor Herbert, has issued statewide restrictions that coordinate with the President’s recommendations. For your convenience, we have summarized the statewide restrictions below.
Beginning today at 11:59 p.m., the following restrictions are in place until April 1, unless extended:
As your local leaders, we first urge you not to panic. These restrictions are meant to slow the spread of COVID-19 to prevent the inundation of our healthcare system and they appear to be working. We support the President and Governor Herbert in their efforts to keep us safe. We encourage you to follow the statewide restrictions, which are in full force and effect in Kane County and all of its Cities and Towns. We additionally encourage you follow the other recommendations from the President, which are attached. Specifically we ask that you do not over purchase necessary food and other household items out of panic. For updated information, you can go to cdc.gov or kane.utah.gov. You can also tune in to 92.7 FM for the Kanab area and 92.9 FM for the Long Valley area. If you have not already, please sign up for the Kane County Emergency Services Notification System (Everbridge) by visiting kane.utah.gov.
We understand and recognize that these restrictions will impose a significant hardship on all of our families and the many small businesses in our County. We have been and will continue to be a strong community that looks out for each other. If we all work together, we can help to end this hardship sooner and to save lives.
Lamont Smith Andy Gant Brent Chamberlain
Kane County Commission Kane County Commission Kane County Commission
Robert Houston Robert Caruso Kelly Lamb
Kanab City Mayor Town of Orderville Mayor Town of Glendale Mayor
David Schmuker Kimley Purvis Dustin Cox
Town of Big Water Mayor Town of Fredonia Mayor Town of Alton Mayor
Documents located in links and documents see above
March 17th State Public Health Order - The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America
Fully Executed version of this update
***March 18 Kanab City Update***
**UPDATED 3/18/2020 at 2:00PM**
With the ever-changing events involving COVID-19, Kanab City will follow a recent federal recommendation which advises against gatherings of more than 10 people. Kanab City Office will be closed to the public starting Thursday March 19, 2020. Office Staff will still be available by phone at 435-644-2534 or online at kanab.utah.gov during the hours of 8:30AM to 4:30PM if you need assistance.
***March 17 Press Release***
March 17, 2020
Kane County continues to monitor the progress of COVID 19 in Kane County, The State, and The Nation. Events are evolving and changing daily.
On March 16th, President Trump initiated a 15 day push to help slow the spread of Coronavirus. These guidelines include following the direction of state & local authorities. If you feel sick or have sick children, stay home and contact your medical provider. If someone in your home has tested positive, keep the entire household at home. If you are older or have an underlying health concern, stay home and away from other people. See the president’s other recommendations to include limiting group sizes to less that 10 people on the Kane County Emergency Services Facebook Page.
Kane County has closed the following facilities: Kanab Center to include the GYM, North Event Center, Kaneplex, Search and Rescue buildings, Office of Tourism, Senior Center, and certain offices within the County building to include the IT Department, HR Department, Budget Office, and Roads Department. Other County Offices and Departments shall remain open to the public with reasonable limitations to limit interaction with the public. Kane County strongly encourages the public to use other means to contact county offices such as email, telephone or online payment options unless a visit is critical or time sensitive.
Kanab City has closed the library and attached meeting room. All board meetings, planning commission, and City Council meetings are cancelled until further notice. The city office remains open with limited staff and they invite everyone to use online forms and payments or drop your payments in the drop box outside the building to limit exposure to their employees. Kanab City public works is confident in their water system and and want to reassure residents that the water will continue to flow and their crews will continue to work, ensuring essential services will keep functioning. Other Towns will also discontinue Council meetings and limit public access where possible. Call your town offices for details.
Kane County School District has implemented school closures and will continue to provide remote instruction and meals to their students. See their website for updates.
There is a large amount of information available at this time. As before, I would caution you to use reputable sources for your information. For Utah information, use coronavirus.utah.gov. The Utah site includes links to Utah Department of Health, and CDC. For Kane County updates use kane.utah.gov. Kane County will include updates from Kane County Hospital, Southwest Public Health Department and Kane School District as they become available.
President Trump, Governor Herbert, and your local elected officials have encouraged people to please not panic. There is no reason to hoard supplies or overwhelm our local establishments. In the coming weeks we will see additional changes in the way we interact with our local businesses and the way we eat out. All of your County Elected Officials encourage you to be kind, check on your neighbors in a safe manner and lets continue to work through this together. We will keep you updated as events unfold.
***March 13 Task Force Notice***
Dear Kane County Residents and Neighbors,
On March 6, Governor Herbert announced a State of Emergency regarding the Coronavirus Disease, or COVID-19, in an effort to begin early prevention efforts regarding the worldwide outbreak. On March 11, the World Health Organization officially declared a pandemic which had been expected for some time. Later the same day, President Trump announced travel restrictions from many European countries in addition to the travel restrictions from many Asian countries. Following the advice of medical and scientific experts, many universities have transitioned to online classes, major sporting organizations have suspended their seasons or cancelled tournaments, and many religious organizations have limited worship services and other activities. On March 12, Governor Herbert announced additional prevention efforts statewide, specifically limiting public and private gatherings to no more than 100 persons and encouraging the elderly to limit their contact with groups of more than twenty persons.
Kane County has established a COVID-19 Task Force made up of elected officials, local healthcare professionals, school administrators, major utility representatives, and other key partners representing all towns and cities in Kane County. We have been working to review the recommendations of federal and state leaders and to stay on top of this emerging situation. As a unified voice we remind everyone not to panic. The power will continue to operate, water will continue to flow, and essential services like the internet will continue to function. Although it is generally a good idea to have a supply of food, water, and medication that will last a few weeks, there is no need to deplete our local grocery stores. The sweeping restrictions enacted around the country and in our state are mainly preventative efforts to ensure that if and when an outbreak occurs the effects will be minimized as much as possible. As of now, there are five cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Utah, all of which were contracted from sources outside of the State. Utah has not yet experienced community spread although this is anticipated to happen in the near future. However, the risk of infection in our area is considered low and if you do get infected, the data shows you are most likely to have minor symptoms from which you will recover just fine at home.
Those under the age of sixty without any respiratory conditions are at a minimal risk. Those over the age of sixty with additional chronic medical conditions are at a greater risk and should limit their contact with other people. The best prevention efforts that you can do are also the simplest. Wash your hands often, don’t touch your face, stay away from sick people, and if you are experiencing any symptoms, stay home. The symptoms to watch for are dry cough, fever, and shortness of breath. Additionally, if you suspect you are infected, please do not go to a clinic and only go to an emergency room if you are experiencing a medical emergency like difficulty breathing or seizures, which are rare. Contact your Doctor or hospital first and get instructions on how to proceed. You can also call 1-800-456-7707 if you think you have been exposed or have symptoms and they can advise you as to the next steps to take.
The state of Utah has established a website for up to date information in our state, coronavirus.utah.gov. You can also find useful information from the Center for Disease Control at www.cdc.gov . Be very aware of scams that will take place. Make sure to get your information from reputable sources like the websites above or from the Utah Department of Health. Kane County will post local updates to the Kane County Emergency Services Facebook Page. Everyone should also register for the county’s mass notification service, Everbridge, by going to the Kane County website, kane.utah.gov or by clicking here.
Over the next days and weeks, you will continue to receive updates to state and local preventative efforts. Please keep in mind that these efforts are intended to keep more people safe and hopefully speed up the end of the COVID-19 outbreak. As your city and county officials, we encourage everyone to stay calm and do your best to stay healthy and safe. Working as a team we will all get through this together.