IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM GARFIELD COUNTY
The spread of COVID-19 is a crucial threat everywhere in the world, including Garfield County. At this time, there are still not any confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Garfield County and we are doing our best to keep it that way.
Therefore, if you have been exposed to the virus, have symptoms or have been diagnosed with Coronavirus, we direct you, in the strongest terms possible, to stay home and self quarantine.
That being said, we are still promoting Garfield County to healthy individuals who have not been exposed to the virus and are not experiencing any symptoms. When this passes, we would love to see you in Garfield County and our Office of Tourism would be happy to provide you with all the information available on lodging, dining and outdoor recreation.
Until then, stay safe and we will see you soon!
Utah Coronavirus Information Line: 1-800-456-7707.
State of Utah COVID-19 Updates: https://coronavirus.utah.gov/
Garfield County Email Hotline: COVID19@garfield.utah.gov
GARFIELD COUNTY COMMISSIONER CONTACT INFORMATION
- Leland Pollock: 435-616-2718
- Jerry Taylor: 801-856-5566
- David Tebbs: 435-231-1272
CARE AND SHARE: Open Wednesday - Saturday, by appointment only. To reduce potential exposure, please call in orders and the Care and Share team will deliver the order to your vehicle. The public will not be allowed to come inside and shop by themselves.
- Panguitch Care and Share: 435-676-2509
- Escalante Care and Share: 435-690-0592
MEALS ON WHEELS: Open Tuesday - Thursday. No meals will be served at senior centers; please call your local center to reserve a meal.
- Panguitch Meals on Wheels: 435-676-2281
- Escalante Meals on Wheels: 435-826-4317
SUPPLIES: If you are in desperate need of supplies (i.e. food, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, etc.), please reach out to your local religious leaders or County officials.
COUNTY-WIDE BUSINESS LIST
Below is an active list of Garfield County Businesses that are open. This list serves as a resource for businesses and locals to know who is open, if there is home delivery or curbside pickup. To be added to the list or change your information please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
UTAH LEADS TOGETHER
SEASONAL UNEMPLOYMENT DEFERRALS
- Garfield County Officials have been in constant contact with the Department of Workforce Services (DWS) and we will continue to provide updates as we hear more.
- DWS has extended seasonal deferrals through May 2nd in light of COVID-19; we could see another extension, possibly to the end of May or June, if the virus continues to spread in the State of Utah.
- Many of the individuals on seasonal deferrals have been granted up to 26 weeks of benefits from the start of their claim to be able to file through this date. If you have questions about this deferral or if a new claim is denied, please contact DWS by calling 801-526-4400 or opening a chat on jobs.utah.gov
- In order for an unemployment insurance extension to be triggered, the statewide insured unemployment rate has to be 6%; Utah is currently at 1%. Therefore, the State of Utah does not have a special extension. It is highly unlikely that Utah will reach the 6% rate, so we do not expect an unemployment insurance extension.
- Temporary extensions of unemployment insurance have to be approved by congress.
- If any claim extension issued by congress is released via a, DWS will let the State and local governments know and they will also notify employers and employees via email.
- The Federal Stimulation Package bill has been sent to the President for signature, but at this time we do not know if the unemployment extension is included in the bill.
SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (SBA) LOW-INTEREST LOANS
The Governor's Office of Economic Development has been working closely with the SBA to secure low-interest loans for small businesses that have been affected by COVID-19.
UPDATE: Businesses in Garfield County are now eligible to apply for low-interest loans through the SBA. Businesses may apply for low-interest loans through the following website: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance
- SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance and can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.
- These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses without credit available elsewhere; businesses with credit available elsewhere are not eligible. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%.
- SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based upon each borrower’s ability to repay.
SBDC Business Survival Tips to Weather the COVID-19 Storm: https://utahsbdc.org/covid-19/
If you have any further questions, please call Kaden Figgins at (435) 676-1157.
FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT (FFCRA)
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) published its first round of implementation guidance pursuant to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The guidance addresses critical questions such as:
- How does an employer count its number of employees to determine coverage?
- How can small businesses obtain an exemption?
- How does an employer count hours for part-time employees?
- How does an employer calculate wages employees are entitled to under the FFCRA?
The initial WHD guidance is available in three-parts:
EDCUtah AND GOED IMPACT SURVEY
EDCUtah (Economic Development Corporation of Utah) and GOED need your help as a business if you have been impacted by COVID-19. The survey should only take five minutes to complete and business input will help inform policy decisions (federal, state and local). Please share the survey with other in the Utah business community.
As we navigate the rapidly changing situation with COVID-19 the Garfield County Tourism Office continues to serve as a reliable resource for visitors, residents and local business owners. We have shifted advertising efforts to focus on drive markets as well as branding and awareness in other key markets.
As a County, we continue to encourage social distancing practices. Garfield County has plenty to see and do with many wide-open spaces. Those planning to visit that have been exposed to the virus, show symptoms, or have been diagnosed with Coronavirus we strongly recommend that you follow the CDC guidelines and stay home and self-quarantine.
To keep Bryce Canyon Country on the minds of those that are home we have created a Homemade Hoodoos campaign. We are encouraging everyone to find anything they can make a hoodoo out of from their homes, take a picture and post on social media using hashtag #homemadehoodoos and tag @BryceCanyonCountry.
If you have a business closure or are changing your business hours please email email@example.com so we can best keep travelers up-to-date.
The UOT has carefully crafted a toolkit to support the tourism industry. They have created resources and talking points to host the most timely and accurate information available. Please use this resource to educate yourself on the virus along with helpful tips to protect you and your guests.
Utah Office of Tourism Traveler Information
UOT has provided information for travelers on how to make smart decisions on traveling. This is a great resource to direct visitors that may have questions or concerns regarding the safety of travel right now.
Safety is a priority in Garfield County and at Intermountain Healthcare. Garfield Memorial Hospital is prepared to continue safe, routine care during public health issues. It is important that you continue to access care for your health needs as you normally would. If you have a procedure, appointment, or test scheduled and you are healthy, there is no reason to cancel these appointments. The Emergency room is still operating and open to any emergency.
CALL BEFORE YOU COME
If you are experiencing the following symptoms:
- Shortness of Breath
- And a recent close contact with a COVID-19 patient or recent travel to an area where COVID-19 is active, then:
Please stay home to protect others from the illness. Call your provider to let them know your symptoms and situation, and give advanced notice before you visit any healthcare facility.
CONNECT CARE (TELEHEALTH)
Connect Care makes it easy to talk to an Intermountain Healthcare clinician.
For COVID-19 screening or concerns please call Intermountain Health Answers at 844-442-5224.
For additional information regarding COVID-19 visit Intermountain Healthcare’s Website.