Utah’s New COVID-19 Health Guidance Levels
Information published on the CoronavirusUtah.gov website.
There are three levels in the transmission index: high, moderate, and low. Each level has certain requirements for individuals and businesses to follow in order to reduce transmission of COVID-19. Salt Lake County is at the High level.
Levels are determined by the 7-day average percent of positive tests, 14-day case rate per 100,000 people, and statewide ICU utilization. You can see the transmission index metrics here: coronavirus.utah.gov/utah-health-guidance-levels or to print https://coronavirus-download.utah.gov/Health/Health_guidance_for_all_levels.pdf.
Counties that meet at least two criteria for high, moderate, or low will be moved to that level. For example, if a county meets the “high” level criteria for the 7-day average percent positivity, the “high” level for the 14-day case rate, and the “low” for statewide ICU utilization, the county would
be in the “high” transmission index level.
What are the guidelines under Moderate Level of Transmission?
The State of Utah has detailed specific instructions and guidelines for Counties and their cities under each of the levels of transmission. The level correspond directly to case rates, positivity rates, and ICU utilization.
Transmission index metric
|Metric||Moderate level of transmission|
|7-day average percent positivity||≥ 5.1-9.9%|
|14-day case rate per 100K population*||≥ 101-324/100k|
|Statewide ICU utilization||Total utilization|
A transmission level (high, moderate, low) is determined if a county has two of the three metrics in the designated level of transmission.
*Frontier counties (those with fewer than six people per square mile) with less than or equal to 14 cases in the previous 14 days will automatically be designated as “low” transmission. Frontier counties with more than 14 cases in the previous 14 days will have their transmission level determined using the standard transmission index criteria.
Actions for all individuals and businesses
Social gatherings, such as family dinner, get togethers with friends, book club (not including formal religious services or educational events or gatherings with an event host)
Moderate level of transmission: Limit social gatherings of 25 or fewer are permitted.
Masks worn in public indoor settings with physical distancing, and outdoors when physical distancing is not feasible; this includes both employees and patrons
Moderate level of transmission: Required. Businesses shall post signage indicating that patrons are expected to wear masks
- Refer to Business Manual
- Require each employee and contractor to wear a face mask while at work
- Require any individual who removes their face mask to eat or drink on the premises of the business, to remain in place while eating or drinking
- Post signage listing COVID-19 symptoms, asking employees and customers with symptoms to stay home, and encouraging physical distancing and indicating that patrons are expected to wear masks
- Download Business Signs (Zip)
- Plexiglass barriers between staff and customers where feasible at cash registers and customer service counters when 6’ distancing is difficult
- Stay Safe to Stay Open Pledge (or a similar industry-approved pledge that increases health and safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19) is strongly encouraged
- For businesses hosting an event, follow the event host requirements
- Public Health Order: Club sports require symptom and exposure checking of each coach, official, and player/participant before each in person engagement. Individuals experiencing symptoms or currently quarantined due to exposure shall not be permitted to participate until completing quarantine or isolation requirements
Physical distancing in restaurants (including buffets)/Bars
Moderate level of transmission: 6 feet between parties at all times (including waiting areas and when seated). Masks required unless actively eating or drinking, customer must remain in one place while eating or drinking
Any establishment or organization with an event host that allows public gathering, such as live events, movie theatres, sporting events, weddings, recreation, and entertainment (does not apply to an individual attending or participating in a religious service)
Public Health Order for Counties under Moderate Level of Transmission:
- Masks are required; (egress/ingress included) performers/athletes are exempt while performing
- Completion and execution of Event Management Template is required
- Post signage listing COVID-19 symptoms, asking employees and customers with symptoms to stay home, and encouraging physical distancing and indicating that patrons are expected to wear masks Download Business Signs (Zip)
- Require each attendee to confirm they are not subject to isolation or quarantine and are not experiencing symptoms
- 6 feet physical distancing not required between parties
- Attendees who remove masks to eat or drink must maintain 6 feet of distance from other parties
- Event hosts must notify close contacts of attendees who test positive for COVID-19 with 24 hours of being notified of the exposure.
You can find Salt Lake County Health Department’ requests for exception to the social distancing requirement form at https://coronavirus-download.utah.gov/business/Yellow/COVID_19_Event_Planning_Template.pdf
Visit the Utah CoronaVirus page for a comprehensive look at the health guidance under the High Level of Transmission: https://coronavirus.utah.gov/utah-health-guidance-levels/
Where can I find information on the COVID-19 Vaccine?
Why should I wear a mask?
Why should I wear a mask?
Masks are currently required statewide. They are required to be worn in public indoor settings and outdoor when physical distancing is not possible.
Under the current state directive, masks are required for both employees and patrons at businesses.
- To download a copy of the order, click here.
- A summary of the Salt Lake County’s Public Health Order is available in various languages here.
- For a list of frequently asked questions on face covering visit: https://slco.org/health/COVID-19/faq/faq-facecoverings/.
- If County health order is not being followed: Please visit our Stay Safe, Stay Home Complaints page.
- For a list of frequently asked questions on face covering visit: https://slco.org/health/COVID-19/faq/faq-facecoverings/
- For instructions on how to make your own cloth face covering go to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html
- For information on masks in the workplace visit: https://coronavirus.utah.gov/business/workplace-resources/
Information on COVID-19
You can download a copy of one of our information flyers here or http://www.slc.gov/mayor/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2020/04/COVID19_Infosheet.pdf.
For a Spanish version click here or http://www.slc.gov/mayor/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2020/04/COVID19_Infosheet_Spanish.pdf
COVID-19 Rumor Control
- Coronavirus Rumor Control – FEMA has set up a page with information on the response to coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Visit https://www.fema.gov/coronavirus-rumor-control.
- Five myths about coronavirus – visit the Intermountain Healthcare blog at https://intermountainhealthcare.org/blogs/topics/live-well/2020/03/myths-about-coronavirus/.
Testing: If you have one or more of the symptoms of COVID-19 you should be tested immediately.
COVID-19 Testing Information: You can find testing information such as test locations at https://coronavirus.utah.gov/testing-locations/.
For weekly schedules for the rapid testing mobile sites visite: https://coronavirus.utah.gov/free-covid-19-testing-expanded-across-utah/
Testing sites in Salt Lake County:
- Maverik Center, Lot D, 2050 W 3100 S, West Valley City, Monday – Saturday, 10 p.m. to 3 p.m. Register here.
- Utah State Fair Park (building #51), 155 N 1000 W, Salt Lake City, Monday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Register here.
- Murray City School District Office Building #1, 5102 S. Commerce Drive Murray, Tuesday, 1/5 and Friday, 1/8 – 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. (both days) Register here.
- Glendale Middle School Gym, 1430 W Andrew Ave, Salt Lake City, – Friday, 1/8 – 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, 1/9 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Register here.
- Corner Canyon High School, 12943 S 700 E, Draper, Friday 1/8 – 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, 1/9 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Register here.
The Wellness Bus continues to offer testing for COVID-19 for the winter season at the Utah State Fairpark (155 N 1000 W, SLC, UT 84116 – Building 9). Testing is available with no out-of-pocket cost to anyone.
If someone has insurance, we will bill their insurance. All insurance plans are now covering the cost of the test.
People with or without symptoms can be tested. Tests will be conducted from your car. No cost to you whether you have insurance or not. Information will be kept confidential.
Schedule an appointment: 801-587-7012, 801-436-7118 (Spanish).
Additional Testing Locations: https://coronavirus.utah.gov/testing-locations/ Call 801-587-0712 to set up an appointment ahead of time.
How can I avoid getting sick?
Right now the best thing you can do is take recommended steps to deter the spread of illness:
- Stop handshaking and use other, no-contact methods of greeting
- Regularly wash your hands
- Create habits and reminders to avoid touching your face, and cover coughs and sneezes
- Disinfect surfaces like doorknobs, tables, desks, and handrails regularly
- Stay home if you are feeling sick
- Avoid contact with anyone who is sick
- Avoid sharing food and beverages
Visit the Utah Department of Public Health for more tips on how to protect yourself.