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A sixth San Juan County resident has died from the coronavirus.  The San Juan Public Health Department reports that a man under the age of 60 from the Montezuma Creek area passed away in the past week. While the virus has spread in communities throughout the county, it remains primarily focused in...
A sixth San Juan County resident has died from the coronavirus.  The San Juan Public Health Department reports that a man under the age of 60 from the Montezuma Creek area passed away in the past week. While the virus has spread in communities throughout the county, it remains primarily focused in...
There continues to be a significant difference in how the coronavirus pandemic is impacting San Juan County.  While the Navajo Nation instituted a strict curfew over the Memorial Day weekend, the State of Utah continues to relax many business, restaurant, and social distancing guidelines. Bluff...
Free COVID-19 testing at Centennial Park in Blanding omn May 14.  Photo courtesy San Juan Public Health
The local response to the COVID-19 pandemic is moving in two opposite directions at once. At the same time that Utah Governor Gary Herbert announced that San Juan County will move to the Yellow, Low-Risk Phase of Health Guidance, the Navajo Nation is instituting its most restrictive policies yet....
The COVID-19 pandemic was the focus of a discussion between San Juan County Public Health Director Kirk Benge and the Blanding City Council on April 28. Benge answered questions and provided an inside perspective into state and county efforts to mitigate the ongoing health crisis.   Benge gave a...
The number of reported cases of the COVID-19 virus in San Juan County exploded in the past week, largely due to more than 1,500 additional tests that have been administered. The Utah Department of Health and Utah Navajo Health Systems (UNHS) teamed up for two days of free testing on April 30 and...
Mobile testing may result in increase in diagnosis of COVID-19 cases It has been more than one month since San Juan County residents have been impacted by the threat of the COVID-19 coronavirus triggered by a worldwide pandemic. One month in, 12 local residents have been diagnosed with the virus,...
The State of Utah has withdrawn a program that asked travelers to complete a COVID-19 travel declaration form when entering the state. An emergency alert system was first used to notify travelers of the form on April 10. The program was discontinued by April 13. Travelers received an emergency...
Beginning Friday, April 10, travelers entering the State of Utah will be asked to complete a COVID-19 travel declaration form when entering the state. The form will be sent by a wireless emergency alert to cellphones when motorists enter the state in nine locations, including in San Juan County on...
Health care organizations across San Juan County are on high alert in anticipation of the pandemic caused by the COVID-19 coronavirus. To date, six San Juan County residents are counted by the San Juan Public Health Department as having been diagnosed with the virus, even though the actual number...

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