This is a regularly updated summary of Utah news and information for March 19, 2020. Last updated at 1:30 p.m.
Current cases: The state now has 78 cases total, with 15 new resident cases reported Thursday. Many of the new cases are in Salt Lake and Summit counties. You can see the cases on our new dashboard.
School Board Waives Requirements: Student assessments will be suspended this year, the Utah State Board of Education announced Thursday. The requirements for a 180 day school year will be waived this year, as well.
City Creek Closing: The City Creek Center will close March 20-29 to limit the spread of COVID-19.
Rep. Ben McAdams tests positive: The congressman, who represents Utah’s 4th District, was one of the first two members of Congress who tested positive. He announced the results Wednesday evening.
New orders from Governor: To limit the spread of COVID-19 and help the bars and restaurants impacted by dining restrictions, Gov. Gary Herbert issued three special orders on Wednesday evening. The orders will allow public meetings to be conducted electronically, remote viewing of hearings for the Board of Parole and Pardons, and the return of unopened beer, wine, and liquor to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
Virtual story time: The Utah State Library is streaming a story time every morning at 10 a.m. on their Facebook page.
Community fundraising: The United Way of Salt Lake is collecting donations to help the children and families most impacted by the closures of schools and loss of work because of COVID-19. Other organizations are also putting out calls for blood donations, volunteers, and food for the economically vulnerable.
Early shopping: Multiple grocery store chains are providing hours where those at the highest risk from COVID-19 can shop with limited interaction with the rest of the public.