Health Care

A week into 2022, Blue Mountain Hospital finally welcomes its New Years' baby. Julian Paul Descheeny joined the world on January 7, 2022, at 7:09 a.m. The baby boy weighs in at 7 pounds 9 ounces and measures 21 inches long. Mom Savannah Renee Cagle, and baby Julian are both happy, healthy, and...
San Juan Public Health has reported two additional deaths of residents with COVID-19 in December. The reported deaths were of two women in their 60’s, one from the Bluff area and the other from the Blanding area. The number of COVID cases remains high in San Juan County, with 152 active cases as of...
The number of COVID cases remains high in San Juan County, with 180 active cases on November 30. Those numbers are slightly down from the 215 cases in the past week. However, the total cases in November are higher than any other month in 2021, excluding January. The 14-day case rate per 100,000 is...
Area COVID-19 cases are impacting hospital capacity regionally. Hospitals in Grand Junction are reporting 94 percent of hospital beds utilized with 96 percent ICU beds being utilized and 82 percent of ventilators being utilized. Intermountain Healthcare in Utah is also reporting its ICU units and...
Since March 2020, a total of 43 San Juan County residents have passed away with the COVID-19 virus. Two recent victims in the Blanding area were breakthrough cases, meaning they had previously been vaccinated against the virus. The fatal breakthrough cases in the Blanding area include a woman in...
San Juan Health cut the ribbon on a new clinic in Spanish Valley on November 4. The clinic is in the middle of the fastest growing area of San Juan County, just south of Moab. The $5.4-million-facility was built with the financial support of the Community Impact Board. An additional $1.5 million...
San Juan County welcomes its newest Public Health Director in the midst of an ongoing pandemic. The department has been without a director the entire year, after former director Kirk Benge accepted a role in Uintah County.  In October, the county hired Dr. Grant Sunada, who comes to the position...
Blue Mountain Hospital is excited to announce that it now provides an extra level of support to its patients through a telehealth partnership with Intermountain Healthcare. The TeleHealth Hospitalist Service focuses on caring for patients in unique ways. The comprehensive service is staffed 24/7...
The number of active COVID-19 cases in San Juan County continues to grow, exploding to 99 cases as of September 3.  The number has increased from 28 to 99 active cases in the one month between August 3 and September 3. San Juan Public Health states that almost all of the current active cases are...
by Bill Boyle San Juan Record Editor The COVID-19 pandemic is continuing to impact life in San Juan County. Students and faculty in six of the 12 public schools in San Juan County are attending school under a mask mandate. The numbers continue to grow of local residents infected with COVID-19 virus...

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