Utah health guidance levels

COVID-19 Transmission Index


The COVID-19 Transmission Index represents the collaborative work of state and local public health, the Governor’s Office, the hospital industry, business leaders, and important guidance from legislative leadership on the elements of the approach to protect communities.

The transmission index clarifies the public health metrics used to determine which counties are placed in which transmission level. Counties will be placed in one of three transmission levels: High, Moderate, or Low. These levels correspond directly to case rates, positivity rates, and ICU utilization.

Data will be analyzed weekly, and counties will be placed into a transmission level depending solely on what their data show. Changes from a lower level to a higher level may occur weekly. Changes from a higher level to a lower level may occur every 14 days at minimum, when thresholds are met.

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.

Transmission index metrics per county


Metric

7-day average percent positivity

14-day case rate per 100K population*

Statewide ICU utilization
(7-day average)

High level of
transmission

≥ 10%

≥ 325/100K

Total utilization ≥72%

AND

≥15% COVID-19
ICU Utilization

Moderate level
of transmission

5.1-9.9%

101 – 324 /100K

Total utilization 69-71.9%

AND

6-14.9% COVID-19
ICU Utilization

Low level of
transmission

≤ 5.0%

≤ 100/100K

Total utilization 68.9%

AND

5.9% COVID-19
ICU Utilization


A transmission level (high, moderate, low) is determined if a county has two of the three metrics in the designated level of transmission.

*Frontier counties (those with fewer than six people per square mile) with less than or equal to 14 cases in the previous 14 days will automatically be designated as “low” transmission. Frontier counties with more than 14 cases in the previous 14 days will have their transmission level determined using the standard transmission index criteria.

Transmission index metrics per county

High level of transmission

7-day average percent positivity
≥ 10%

14-day case rate per 100K population*
≥ 325/100K

Statewide ICU utilization
(7-day average)
Total utilization ≥ 72%

AND

≥ 15% COVID-19 ICU Utilization

Moderate level of transmission

7-day average percent positivity
5.1-9.9%

14-day case rate per 100K population*
101 – 324 /100K

Statewide ICU utilization
(7-day average)
Total utilization 69-71.9%

AND

6-14.9% COVID-19 ICU Utilization

Low level of transmission

7-day average percent positivity
≤ 5.0%

14-day case rate per 100K population*
≤ 100/100K

Statewide ICU utilization
(7-day average)
Total utilization ≤ 68.9%

AND

≤ 5.9% COVID-19 ICU Utilization


A transmission level (high, moderate, low) is determined if a county has two of the three metrics in the designated level of transmission.

*Frontier counties (those with fewer than six people per square mile) with less than or equal to 14 cases in the previous 14 days will automatically be designated as “low” transmission. Frontier counties with more than 14 cases in the previous 14 days will have their transmission level determined using the standard transmission index criteria.

Counties in High Level of Transmission

None



Counties in Moderate Level of Transmission



Beaver
Box Elder
Cache
Carbon
Davis
Duchesne
Grand
Iron 
Morgan
Salt Lake
Sevier
Summit
Tooele
Uintah
Utah
Wasatch
Weber



Counties in Low Level of Transmission



Daggett
Emery
Garfield
Juab
Kane
Millard
Piute
Rich
San Juan
Sanpete
Washington
Wayne

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Social gatherings

Such as family dinner, get togethers with friends, book club
(not including formal religious services or educational events or gatherings with an event host)


High level of transmission

Recommendation: Practice physical distancing and wearing a mask unless you are by yourself or only with members of your same household


Moderate level of transmission

Recommendation: Practice physical distancing and wearing a mask unless you are by yourself or only with members of your same household


Low level of transmission

Recommendation: Practice physical distancing and wearing a mask unless you are by yourself or only with members of your same household


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Masks required for K-12 schools until June 15 and for gatherings of 50 or more people

Private businesses can still require masks for employees and customers


High level of transmission

Public Health Order:
Masks required for organized events with 50 or more people

Businesses shall post signage listing COVID-19 symptoms and face mask or physical distancing requirements

Download Business Signs (Zip)
En Español (Zip)


Moderate level of transmission

Public Health Order:
Masks required for organized events with 50 or more people

Businesses shall post signage listing COVID-19 symptoms and face mask or physical distancing requirements

Download Business Signs (Zip)
En Español (Zip)


Low level of transmission

Public Health Order: 
Masks required for organized events with 50 or more people

Businesses shall post signage listing COVID-19 symptoms and face mask or physical distancing requirements

Download Business Signs (Zip)
En Español (Zip)


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Physical distancing 

Between household groups where feasible, even at social gatherings


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Wash hands often


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Stay home when sick


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Follow public health quarantine/isolation guidance

Protect yourself and others


All businesses required to:


  • Refer to Business Manual
  • Post signage listing COVID-19 symptoms, asking employees and customers with symptoms to stay home, and face mask or physical distancing requirements
    Download Business Signs (Zip)
      |  En Español (Zip)
  • For event hosts, follow the event host requirements
  • Public Health Order: Club sports require symptom and exposure checking of each coach, official, and player/participant before each in person engagement. Individuals experiencing symptoms or currently quarantined due to exposure shall not be permitted to participate until completing quarantine or isolation requirements

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Restaurants
(including buffets)


High level of transmission

Public Health Order:
6’ distancing required between patrons from a separate party


Moderate level of transmission

Public Health Order:
6’ distancing between parties required in waiting areas


Low level of transmission

OPEN


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Bars


High level of transmission

Public Health Order:
6’ distancing required between patrons from a separate party


Moderate level of transmission

OPEN


Low level of transmission

OPEN


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Workout Gyms


High level of transmission

Public Health Order: 6’ distancing required between patrons from a separate party


Moderate level of transmission

Recommendation: 6’ distancing between patrons from a separate party


Low level of transmission

OPEN


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Organized Events

Any in-person event coordinated by an event host of 50 or more people who are closer than 6 feet in proximity to individuals from another party (does not apply to an individual attending or participating in a religious service)


High level of transmission

Public Health Order:

Masks are required; (egress/ingress included) performers/athletes are exempt while performing

Completion and execution of Event Management Template is required

Post signage listing COVID-19 symptoms, asking employees and customers with symptoms to stay home, and face mask or physical distancing requirements Download Business Signs (Zip)  |  En Español (Zip)

Require each attendee to confirm they are not subject to isolation or quarantine and are not experiencing symptoms

6’ physical distancing between parties is required at all time (egress/ingress included); performers and athletes are exempt during the event, hosts can request waivers through county executives in consultation with the local health officer

Event hosts must notify close contacts of attendees who test positive for COVID-19 within 24 hours of being notified of the exposure


Moderate level of transmission

Public Health Order:

Masks are required; (egress/ingress included) performers/athletes are exempt while performing

Completion and execution of Event Management Template is required

Post signage listing COVID-19 symptoms, asking employees and customers with symptoms to stay home, and face mask or physical distancing requirements Download Business Signs (Zip)  |  En Español (Zip)

Require each attendee to confirm they are not subject to isolation or quarantine and are not experiencing symptoms

6 feet physical distancing not required between parties (side-by-side seating is allowed)

Attendees who remove masks to eat or drink must maintain 6 feet of distance from other parties

Event hosts must notify close contacts of attendees who test positive for COVID-19 within 24 hours of being notified of the exposure


Low level of transmission

Public Health Order:

Masks are required; (egress/ingress included) performers/athletes are exempt while performing

Completion and execution of Event Management Template is required

Post signage listing COVID-19 symptoms, asking employees and customers with symptoms to stay home, and face mask or physical distancing requirements Download Business Signs (Zip)  |  En Español (Zip)



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K-12

  • Public Health Order: K-12 mask mandate still applies. Download Flyer (en Español) or Poster (en Español).
  • Refer to School Manual and Utah State Board of Education’s School Reopening Planning Handbook
  • Public Health Order: Club sports require symptom and exposure checking of each coach, official, and player/participant before each in person engagement. Individuals experiencing symptoms or currently quarantined due to exposure shall not be permitted to participate until completing quarantine or isolation requirements
  • State law requires: If a school hits the outbreak threshold (2% of students and staff for a school of more than 1,500, or 30 students and staff for a school of 1,500 or less) the school shall conduct a testing event. If schools conduct a testing event they should follow the Test to Stay protocol established in the school manual. Students and staff who are fully vaccinated are not subject to Test to Stay testing.

High School only

  • Public Health Order: Participants of extracurricular activities must be tested for COVID-19 every 14 days and must follow the quarantine and isolation guidelines outlined in the COVID-19 school manual. Participants who are fully vaccinated are not subject to Test to Play testing. 
  • Public Health Order: Each participant in a single occurrence extracurricular activity held indoors, such as school dances, must be tested for COVID-19 within 48 hours prior to the activity and must follow the quarantine and isolation guidelines outlined in the COVID-19 school manual. Participants must also wear masks. Participants who are fully vaccinated are not subject to Test to Play testing. 
  • Adherence to new guidelines established by UHSAA shall be followed

Higher Education

  • Refer to USHE/individual university/college reopening plans
  • Public Health Order: Testing strategy employed for all students for public degree granting institutions and technical colleges, and private institutions of higher education with a student body greater than 10,000 students. Students who are fully vaccinated are not subject to testing. 
  • Public Health Order: Participants of college or university intramural activities must confirm they have completed any quarantine or isolation requirements and are not experiencing any symptom of COVID-19