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Summit County orders residents to stay at home until May 1

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Summit County orders residents to stay at home until May 1 (Photo: KUTV FILE)

Amid ongoing efforts to contain the spread of a novel strain of coronavirus in Utah, Summit County officials ordered their residents to stay at home.

All residents are asked to stay home and cease all non-essential travel until at least May 1. The order goes into effect on Friday at 12:01 a.m., according to a county press release.

RELATED: Utah physicians call for state order to stay in place

The order mandates that visitors to the county "leave as quickly as possible," the release states. Anyone planning a trip to the county is asked not to visit while the order remains in effect. That order includes secondary homeowners who are not county residents.

Residents WILL be able to: visit grocery stores, convenience stores, and pharmacies for food and medication, and attend "urgent" medical appointments. Going outside is not prohibited, but residents are urged to practice social distancing while outside their homes.

Violations are punishable as a Class B Misdemeanor in Summit County, according to officials.

Essential services that will still be allowed to operate include:

  • Essential healthcare facilities
  • Banks
  • Hardware stores
  • Plumbers, electricians, auto repair and other essential utilities and services.
  • Farming
  • Post offices
  • Grocery and convenience stores
  • Restaurants whose services are allowed under existing Health Orders
  • Essential transportation services

“This decision was not made lightly but is in the best interest of public health in Summit County,” Summit County Health Director, Dr. Rich Bullough, stated in the prepared news release.

“When you look at the data, Summit County is a hotspot for COVID-19 statewide, nationally and globally. At this time, Summit County has 20-times the number of cases per capita as Salt Lake County. Our cases per capita rival those of the worst areas of New York City and many parts of Italy.”

County officials will review and potentially reconsider or extend the order after 14 days.

Governor Gary Herbert's office issued the following statement to 2News:

“We were notified of Summit County’s decision this afternoon. Given the infection rate in that area of the state, we understand and support their decision to issue this order at this time.”

An online petition and a group of Utah physicians have called on Herbert to issue a statewide stay-at-home order. The governor previously said he’d like to avoid a “draconian” lock down.

RELATED: Idaho governor issues statewide 21-day stay at home order

More information about the order and answers to frequently asked questions can be found online at summitcountyhealth.org/coronavirus.

For more information about coronavirus in Utah, visit the coronavirus page on kutv.com or coronavirus.utah.gov.

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