COVID-19 Information and Updates

COVID-19 COMMUNITY RESOURCES

I’m worried about my neighbor. 
How can I help?

If you haven’t already, make sure you have your neighbors’ contact information so you can call, text or email them. Talk with them about emergency planning, whether anyone in the household has unique needs like essential prescriptions or medical care, and how you might be able to help one another should this situation escalate.

If you are able to assist a neighbor who needs help during this time, print and use this form to let them know all the ways in which you are able to help them:

Help Your Neighbor (English)
Help Your Neighbor (Spanish)


COMPLETE COMMUNITY RESOURCE INFORMATION
(Information about the Task Force and its subcommittees, as well as local help for Food, Shelter, Assistance Programs and Businesses)
Grand County COVID-19 Community Task Force Website  

Business resources

Grand County Community & Economic Development:
Resources for businesses and individuals impacted by the COVID-19 situation.
Website

EMPLOYMENT RESOURCES

The Utah Department of Workforce Services (DWS) offices are closed to the public but workers are conducting business and providing help during regular business hours. The agency strongly encourages people to use its telephone and online tools as much as possible, including live online chat during business hours.

DWS provides information and assistance for a variety of needs including:

  • Unemployment
  • Food Assistance
  • Child Care
  • Energy Assistance
  • Medical Assistance
  • Rent and Eviction Information

For complete information and instructions visit the 
DWS Website

MOAB LOCAL UPDATES

A list of businesses and grocery stores that are open, and restaurants that are providing takeout or delivery service.
Information compiled by the Moab Area Travel Council. 
Moab Local Updates

CDC Coronaviurs Fact Sheet

Safety Information for businesses

Protocols for Businesses
The recent Southeast Utah Health Department Orde includes the following general protocols. Businesses are encouraged to consult CDC and OSHA guidelines for more comprehensive information about operating safely.

  • Implement social distancing (six feet) measures in communal areas of the establishment.
  • Staff who have to take cash or credit cards are encouraged to use cleansing measures, including best practices issued by the CDC, between transactions. Cash transactions are discouraged, but not prohibited.
  •  Management must ensure, on a daily basis, that no employee who presents symptoms of illness will be permitted to work.
  • Members, guests, patrons, or customers who present symptoms of illness shall be excluded from the establishment.
  • Management shall post signage approved by the CDC which advises patrons of COVID-19 protocols.

UPDATE
October 22, 2020

Grand County has been moved to Utah’s High Transmission Level As of Oct. 22, 2020

Under the new High Transmission Level designation:

  • Social gatherings of 10 or fewer are permitted. Larger social gatherings are not permitted.
  • Social gatherings are gatherings such as family dinner, get-togethers with friends, book clubs (not including formal religious services or events with organizational oversight).
    Masks are required.
  • Masks must be worn in public indoor settings, and outdoors, when physical distancing is not feasible; this includes both employees and patrons.  
  • Physical distancing between household groups where feasible, even at social gatherings is strongly recommended.
  • You are required to stay home when sick.
    If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, please get tested and quarantine according to public health department requirements.
  • Businesses remain open but must follow the state High Transmission Index guidelines for businesses. A complete business manual is available at coronavirus.utah.gov/utah-health-guidance-levels/
Utah Governor Gary Herbert issued new health and safety guidelines on Oct. 13, creating the COVID-19 Transmission Index for all counties in the state. All counties are now ranked in one of three transmission levels: High, Moderate, or Low.  These levels are based on 
                     ● COVID test positivity rate 
                     ● Case count &
                     ● ICU utilization

As of Oct 22, 2020, Grand County is rated as HIGH TRANSMISSION LEVEL.

View the new Utah Health Guidance Information


What Does This Mean for Moab & Grand County?

A MANDATORY FACE-COVERING ORDER  
is in place throughout the county and the city of Moab through December 31, 2020
.  
View the full Public Health order

Wearing a face covering correctly is one of the easiest things everyone can do to help Moab community members, local businesses and visitors during this challenging time. 

Please wear a mask -- if not for yourself, then for the health and safety of others.

  • Social gatherings of 10 or fewer are permitted. Larger social gatherings are not permitted.
  • Social gatherings are gatherings such as family dinner, get-togethers with friends, book clubs (not including formal religious services or events with organizational oversight).
  • Masks are required.
  • Masks must be worn in public indoor settings, and outdoors, when physical distancing is not feasible; this includes both employees and patrons.  
  • Physical distancing between household groups where feasible, even at social gatherings is strongly recommended.
  • Stay home when sick.
  • If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, please get tested and quarantine according to public health department requirements.
  • Businesses remain open but must follow the state High Transmission Index guidelines for businesses. A complete business manual is available at the Utah Coronavirus website.

For more information: 
Southeast Utah Health Department website or Utah's COVID-19 Updates 

City of Moab Update
Oct. 22, 2020

Most City of Moab facilities are closed to the public until Nov. 6.

To protect the health and safety of the public and Moab City staff, City Hall, the Moab Arts and Recreation Center (MARC), the Moab Public Works office and the City Wastewater Treatment Plant will be closed to the public from Oct. 23 until at least Nov. 6. Tenants at the MARC will still have access however masks must be worn at all times. A decision regarding re-opening will be carefully evaluated based on the COVID-19 situation as Nov. 6 approaches.

The Center Street Gym is also closed to the public. Winter sports have been canceled, and the gym and sports facilities are no longer available to rent.  

The Moab Recreation and Aquatic Center (MRAC) will remain open and City staff must wear masks at all times. Customers must wear masks at all times except when in the pool or the fitness center. Lifeguards are required to wear masks at all times, except when on the pool deck and on duty. Social distancing will be required in the MRAC. 

The Oct. 23 closure is in response to Gov. Gary Herbert’s Oct. 22 decision to place Grand County in the “high transmission” category due to a spike in local COVID-19 cases. Additionally, City staff have seen a rise in COVID-19 cases and exposures in the past few weeks at City Hall and other City facilities. Out of an abundance of caution, City of Moab Administration has determined that temporary closure of these buildings is in the best interest of the community.

Watch for updates on the City of Moab website, Facebook page, and other social media.

Please note:
Moab City Council meetings will continue to be conducted electronically at this time. "Citizens To Be Heard comments may be submitted by email -- the link will be available in each meeting agenda through our Agenda Center. These meetings can be viewed on the City’s YouTube channel.

During the building closures, the City will continue to conduct business. A limited number of employees will be working at City Hall and the remainder will telecommute during the building closures. 

 For assistance, please call the appropriate number listed below:

  • Administration- 435-259-5121 (please listen for options)
  • Business Licensing – 435-259-5123
  • Utilities (Water, Sewer, Trash) - 435-259-5123
  • Communications-435-260-7027
  • Code Compliance-435-259-5129 option 4
  • Police- 435-259-8115 (Dispatch)
  • Animal Shelter-435-259-0199
  • Planning- 435-259-5129

  • Engineering-435-259-4941
  • Recorder-435-259-2683
  • Treasurer-435-259-5123
  • Finance- 435-259-5121 ext. 830
  • Building Inspection-435-259-5129 option 1
  • Public Works-435-259-7485
  • MRAC-435-259-8226
  • Recreation-435-259-2255
  • MARC-435-259-6272
  • Film Commission - 435-259-4341


COVID-19 Restrictions on Use of City Parks and Trails
Parks and Trails COVID-19 Sign-for web

PHYSICAL DISTANCING 
& HOW IT WORKS

This video has great information about "physical distancing" aka "social distancing" (along with some history of the difference this practice made during the 1918-1920 flu pandemic. 

Social Distancing Image

Remember: Keep at least 6 feet between you and others to help slow the spread of COVID-19. 

Feeling ill? Think you might have COVID-19?
CALL BEFORE YOU GO
Moab Regional Hospital has set up a 24/7 Coronavirus Hotline - 435-719-3998. The Hotline is staffed by a hospital nurse. If you believe you may have COVID-19, please call the MRH Hotline before going to the hospital.


These useful guidelines can help you determine whether your symptoms might be flu or COVID-19:

GRAPHIC.MRH Guidelines, 03.09.20 - FLYER

Other COVID-19 Resources

Centers for Disease Control  (CDC): Website

World Health Organization: Website

Utah Coronavirus Task Force: Website

Utah Department of Health: Website

Southeast Utah Health Department: Website

Moab Regional Hospital: Website; Facebook

The City of Moab: Website; Facebook; Twitter; Instagram  

Grand County COVID-19 Task Force: Facebook

Grand County Community & Economic Development:
Resources for businesses and individuals impacted by the COVID-19 situation.
Facebook; Website

Track COVID-19 across the globe:
Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Map