Utah (ABC4 News) — Tuesday, during the Governor’s weekly coronavirus press conference, the state’s new COVID-19 Transmission Index was announced.
According to the Utah Department of Health, the new index is a balanced approach intended to protect communities. “It represents the collaborative work of state and local public health officials, the Governor’s Office, legislative leaders, the hospital industry, and business leaders,” as stated by the UDOH.
The transmission index clarifies the public health metrics used to determine which counties are placed in which transmission level, high, moderate, or low. These levels correspond directly to case rates, positivity rates, and ICU utilization.
“The data helps us understand the real risk of transmission in our communities. Important health behaviors, based on epidemiology and medical science, are outlined at each level to protect yourself, your family, and your community from COVID-19” the UDOH stated.
Counties in High Level of Transmission:
- Salt Lake
Counties in Moderate Level of Transmission:
- Box Elder
- San Juan
Counties in Low Level of Transmission:
Casual social gatherings will be limited in each transmission area. Gov. Herbert listed the following guidelines for each area: High Transmission Areas: 10 or fewer. Moderate Transmission Areas: 25 or fewer, unless masks are worn. Low Transmission Areas: 50 or fewer, unless masks are worn.
Masks will be required in all counties in the High Transmission Area and for the next two weeks, through Oct. 29, those living in Moderate Transmission Areas will also be required to wear a mask.