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 index uses defined public health metrics 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.

The index serves as an advisory tool for the steps individuals and businesses can take to help limit the spread of COVID-19 in their communities.

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Transmission index metrics


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

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


Grand


Counties in Moderate Level of Transmission


Box Elder
Cache
Carbon
Davis
Duchesne
Juab
Iron
Sevier
Tooele
Uintah
Wasatch
Weber



Counties in Low Level of Transmission


Beaver
Daggett
Emery
Garfield
Kane
Morgan
Millard
Piute
Rich
Salt Lake
San Juan
Sanpete
Summit
Utah
Washington
Wayne


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Social gatherings

Such as family dinner, get togethers with friends, book club

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

If you are fully vaccinated, follow guidance here.


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Masks required in K-12 schools until the Monday of the last week of the 2020-21 school year, or in the case of non-traditional or year-round school, on May 31, 2021.

Masks are recommended for crowded, indoor spaces where physical distancing is not possible.

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

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High level of transmission

Recommended for crowded, indoor spaces where physical distancing is not possible

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

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Moderate level of transmission

Recommended for crowded, indoor spaces where physical distancing is not possible

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

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Low level of transmission

Recommended for crowded, indoor spaces where physical distancing is not possible

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

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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


Resources for all businesses:




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Organized Events

Organizers of in-person events may choose to adopt the following recommendations to ensure the health and safety of attendees.

Masks are recommended for crowded, indoor spaces where physical distancing is not possible.

Consider using an Event Management Template for contact tracing purposes if COVID-19 cases are identified at the event.

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


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K-12

  • Masks required in K-12 schools until the Monday of the last week of the 2020-21 school year, or in the case of non-traditional or year-round school, on May 31, 2021. Download Flyer (en Español) or Poster (en Español).
  • Refer to School Manual and Utah State Board of Education’s School Reopening Planning Handbook
  • 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.
  • Adherence to new guidelines established by UHSAA shall be followed.

Higher Education