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6 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in TriCounty Health District

TriCounty Health Department is reporting 6 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on their Situational Update page on www.tricountyhealth.com.

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TriCounty Health Statement on Privacy Rights of COVID-19 Patients and Daily Update Procedures

TriCounty Health Department (TCHD) is only releasing county location information on positive COVID-19 cases at this time.

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Stewart’s Marketplace Question/Answer Session on Employee with COVID-19

Stewart’s Marketplace in Roosevelt is answering questions head on after they confirmed that one of their employees tested positive for COVID-19.

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Crash Involving Garbage Truck Closes US-191 on Wednesday

US-191 in Daggett County was closed for several hours on Wednesday following a crash. According to Utah Highway Patrol, a garbage truck traveling south at Mile Marker 390 went off the road and tipped onto its side, spilling trash onto the road.

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Ashley Regional Medical Center Appoints New Medical/Surgical and ICU Director

Ashley Regional Medical Center announced on Monday that they have promoted Kristie Keel to be director of the medical/surgical and intensive care units. Kristie Keel is a registered nurse and has been for over twenty years in a variety of specialties.

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Vernal City Gives Update on Main Street UDOT Drainage Project

An important Vernal City project is now underway. Vernal City shared on Tuesday evening that work has begun to install a storm drain bypass at Main Street from 600 West to the green dinosaur. The project will also include replacement of a section of corroded storm drain pipe between 800 West and 700 West.

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Do Not Fall Victim to Coronavirus Text and Phone Scams

Law enforcement agencies are warning locals about text and phone scams. Among the most recent shared comes from the Utah Department of Public Safety stating that the IRS will not call, email or text individuals asking for information as they process stimulus checks. Be alert for scammers texting or calling to verify Social Security Numbers and bank account information.

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Daggett County Commission Monthly Update

The Daggett County Commission provided their monthly update this week in the Flaming Gorge Gazette. Like other local governments, Daggett County declared a county-wide state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Commission emphasized that in relation to that specific emergency, all residents of Daggett County are again asked to put addresses on the outside of their homes.

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Local Golf Courses Remain Open

Local golf courses are providing locals with a much welcome outing during this time of spending more time at home. Dinaland Golf Course is open with the following guidelines shared on March 28th. The course is open to Tri-County residents only and requires a tee time (no walk-ons allowed).

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Shop Local & WIN! Rotary Club of Vernal Hosting 8 Week Contest to Support Local Businesses

Small businesses throughout the community make countless donations throughout the year for local worthy causes and the Rotary Club of Vernal feels it's time to turn the tables and help these businesses at this difficult time in the local economy. Using their own funds, the Rotary Club is purchasing $8,000 dollars in gift certificates from local businesses that will be the prizes in an 8 week contest to encourage the community to shop local.

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Uintah County Sheriff’s Office Scam Alert

The Uintah County Sheriff’s Office is warning the community of a phone scam that has recently had multiple reports. “Several people have reported receiving phone calls from an individual who says he works for our agency,” shares the Sheriff’s Office. “He identifies himself as Sgt. Jason Glass.

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All Locals Asked to Use Cloth Face Coverings/Masks in Public

TriCounty Health Department continues to keep the Uintah Basin informed on the latest with the COVID-19 pandemic through their website and on Facebook. As of the state’s April 6th report, the total case count in the state of Utah is 1,675 with 138 of those being hospitalized and resulting in 13 deaths in the state.

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Reports of Copper Wire Stolen From Oilfield Locations

Uintah County Sheriff’s Office is asking residents to be on the lookout as there has been a recent uptick in reports of copper wire being stolen from oilfield locations in Uintah County. “Stealing copper wire from these locations is not only illegal, it's dangerous,” shares the Sheriff’s Office.

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New Case of COVID-19 in Uintah County

TriCounty Health Department announced Monday afternoon that there is a new case of COVID-19 in Uintah County, bringing the total number of cases in the TriCounty Health District to 3.

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Uintah Basin Healthcare Implements Tent Triage System for Roosevelt Campus

Uintah Basin Healthcare has implemented a tent triage system for all members of the public who access their Roosevelt campus. All who are coming to the facility will need to enter at 200 North 300 West and proceed to the tent located in the parking lot across from the ER. You will be asked “What brings you here today?” If you are going to the Drive-Up pharmacy, you will proceed to your intended destination.

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Uintah Basin Residents Urged to Complete 2020 Census

Residents of the Uintah Basin are being urged to complete the 2020 Census which only takes a few minutes to do online. The Census is conducted every ten years by mandate of the United States Constitution and is a crucial tool used by demographers, historians, and is used to allocate funding.

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Warns of Scammers Taking Advantage of COVID-19 Pandemic

The FBI is warning that scammers are taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, the FBI is warning the healthcare industry of increased fraudulent activity with COVID-19 related medical equipment. “Based on the current stress on the supply chain, scammers may promise equipment they do not have access to in order to capitalize on the medical community’s urgent needs,” shares the FBI.

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Spring Break Officially Arrives for Local School Districts

While students have already had a few weeks at home, hopefully the official arrival of spring break will provide local youth with something to smile about. Uintah School District Superintendent Rick Woodford provided a District update last week reminding all in the District that Spring Break officially begins on Monday, April 6th, and school will not resume again in Uintah School District until Tuesday, April 14th.

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Walmart Limiting Number of Customers in the Store

The Executive Vice President and CEO of Walmart U.S., Dacona Smith, announced on Friday that Walmart will be limiting the number of customers allowed in the store at a time.

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Sweetwater County Using 3-D Printers to Make Respiratory PPE

Innovative solutions are helping meet the demand for personal protective equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a great example of this, the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office in Wyoming is using their 3-D printer to manufacture respiratory personal protective equipment(PPE) for its employees and other first responders.

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