Daily coronavirus update for Thursday, March 26

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KUTV is compiling information about the coronavirus to help you navigate news that matters the most to you.

Each day, a new story will list updates and new stories to keep you informed about COVID-19.

Get March 25th's updates on the coronavirus in Utah here.


Headlines - 3 p.m.

The University of Utah Health has issued a newly revised visitor policy for all of its hospitals and clinics. The new policy goes into effect today.


NO VISITORS WILL BE ALLOWED in U of U Health inpatient, outpatient and ancillary facilities (i.e. family, companion, partner, support person, guardian, caregiver) except under the following circumstances:

End of Life Treatment or Care:

Two visitors only at a time.

Visitors will have a one-hour time limit, with the exception of 1 partner/support person can remain for the duration of the individual passing.

Child Birth:

Obstetric patients may have one partner accompany them.

For the duration of birth admission, well newborns may have both parents present.

Click here for the entire policy.

Headlines - 12 noon

All eight branches of the Washington County Library System are closed as of today in response to the community spread of COVID-19 (New Coronavirus). The Washington County Commission encourages area residents to regularly check the Southwest Utah Public Health Department’s New Coronavirus website at and to read the reports regularly released by the health department.

Headlines - 8:30 a.m.

The program created by actor Ty Burrell to support workers in the restaurant and beer industry has been pushed back.

The Downtown Alliance has asked that Utahns, "Bear with us as we finalize some processing details."

The program was supposed to launch Wednesday but is accepting names Thursday from restaurant employers within the Salt Lake City limits and additional required information of workers that have been displaced. Details will be made available sometime today.

The COVID-19 outbreak has increased use of wet wipes, paper towels and napkins that are stressing sewer lines in Utah.

The flushed products have caused an increase in backed-up toilets and overflowing sewer lines in Utah and across the country.

How many squares can you mark off this "Boost Local Business BINGO" sheet?

Salt Lake County residents are encouraged to support local businesses by tracking their actions on a bingo card.

The squares to mark off include donating to a local food bank, reading health department information on sanitization and ordering takeout from a restaurant. More information can be found at

The city of Logan is canceling its open house on its 2020 dog friendly parks pilot program as a precaution because of coronavirus.

Residents may send written comments by April 15 to and

Herriman City is conducting its city council meeting tonight with a livestream on the city website and on YouTube. You can watch the meeting by going to

Draper City is postponing the special city council meeting on Geneva Rock’s application originally scheduled for tonight.

“To mitigate the spread of COVID-19, I issued an emergency declaration for Draper City on March 12. This was a precautionary measure to proactively protect our citizens’ health and well-being,” said Draper City Mayor Troy Walker in a press release. “Given the heightened public interest on Geneva’s application, we felt it would be prudent to postpone the meeting until the public had an opportunity to participate in person.”

More information, including Geneva Rock’s entire application, can be found on the city’s website at

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources will be canceling the remainder of its upcoming public events and seminars until further notice.

The following events will be canceled:

  • April 2: Turkey hunting seminar in Lehi
  • April 4: Turkey hunting clinic in Price
  • April 4: Turkey hunting seminar in Salt Lake City
  • April 11: Mountain goat viewing event in Little Cottonwood Canyon
  • April 16: Turkey hunting seminar in Sandy

Those who were registered to attend the turkey hunting seminars and clinics can find some tips and training on the DWR website.


The following precautions are being taken due to the novel coronavirus until further notice.

  • The Angels Landing Trail is closed from Scout Lookout to the end of the trail. The West Rim Trail will remain open.
  • All park campgrounds are closed. With this closure, it is important to remember that no other areas in the park are authorized for camping.
  • All Zion Lodge operations will be closed from March 20 through May 21, 2020.
  • The collection of entrance fees has been temporarily suspended at Zion National Park. This is being done to help limit exposure of park staff and visitors to the novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • Zion National Park has temporarily suspended the park’s shuttle operation. The park itself remains open and visitors will be allowed to drive up the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive until the limited parking in the main canyon has filled.
  • All visitor contact stations are closed until further notice because of safety and health concerns. This includes the Zion Canyon Visitor Center, Human History Museum, and Kolob Canyons Visitor Center.
  • Park rangers will be available in real-time to answer phone calls and emails during regular business hours for information and trip planning. Phone: (435) 772-3256 Email:
  • The Zion Forever Project Park Store, in the Visitor Center, is closed for health and safety concerns.
  • Ranger programs and park film showings are canceled until further notice.
  • Wilderness permits continue to be available following new online procedures.
  • Tunnel escort fees will be solicited via mail-in envelopes.
  • Trail Rides are only allowing groups of less than 10.
  • Zion National Park is focused on ensuring employees, their families, volunteers, and visitors are safe by following the most current guidance from the CDC, OPM, OEM, and other federal, state, and local health authorities.

Zion National Park visitors can be assured that the facilities in the park continue to monitor conditions and maintain high standards related to the health and wellness of staff and visitors. Park and concession staff are working to maintain clean and healthy facilities in accordance with CDC guidance.