Health Care

Header of the letter sent to the Governor. The letter can be read at the bottom of this story
The majority of the Blanding City Council sent a letter to the Utah Governor’s office on October 29, stating opposition to mandates associated with the three-level transmission rating the state has implemented in counties across the state. (The letter can be read at the bottom of this story) The...
Active COVID-19 cases now top 100 once again in San Juan County, and Monticello leads the way with a second straight week of increasing by at least 20 cases. On October 13, Monticello had three active cases. Last week, the number rose to 26, and on October 27 there were 47 confirmed COVID cases in...
map from the state's coronavirus website showing San Juan as one of 21 counties with new restrictions
New Covid-19 related restrictions are in place in San Juan County per the order of the state, including mandatory mask wearing and restrictions on social gatherings. The State of Utah’s previous color-coded risk index was replaced last week by the Covid-19 Transmission index. Counties in the state...
COVID-19 cases are back on the rise in San Juan County, with Monticello seeing a single week increase of 23 active cases. San Juan Public Health reports an increase of 33 cases over the past week, totaling 62 cases in the county. Monticello saw the biggest increase, going from three active cases...
According to the US Census Bureau, approximately 252,000 people live in Washington, Iron, Kane, Garfield, and Beaver counties. The five counties make up a single health district known as the Southwestern Utah Health District. In contrast, the population of San Juan County is estimated at 15,000....
One COVID-19 Vaccine trial is including a few hundred members of the Navajo Nation in its final trial of the drug
The final phase of study for a coronavirus vaccine will include volunteers from the Navajo Nation. Since coronavirus first arrived in the United States in the late winter of 2020, a race among pharmaceutical companies to find a vaccine for the virus has been underway. Now three companies and their...
The number of active COVID-19 cases continues to drop in San Juan County, falling from 35 on August 26 to 19 cases on September 2. Of 19 active cases, six are in the Blanding area (16 last week), six cases are in Monticello area (six last week), three in Montezuma Creek area (nine), two in Mexican...
A new study is tracking the prevalence of COVID-19 in Monticello and Blanding by monitoring sewage from the community. The virus that causes the disease is shed in feces by infected individuals. A study performed in spring by the local Universities and the Utah Department of Environmental Quality...
COVID-19 claimed a 26th victim in the past week when a San Juan County resident, a woman in her 70s, passed away in a long-term care facility. The number of active cases plummeted in the past week, falling from 118 on August 11 to 64 on August 18. Of the 64 active cases, 29 are in the Blanding area...
A man in his 70s from the Mexican Hat area is the latest victim of COVID-19 in San Juan County. He passed away during the past week, bringing the total to 25 local residents who have passed away with due to the disease since March. There are currently 118 active COVID-19 cases in the county, with...

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