Sweetwater County announces 5 new COVID-19 cases in last 24 hours; Green River Taco Bell shut down as a precaution
The total number of coronavirus cases in Sweetwater County has grown by five in the last 24 hours, according to the Sweetwater County District Board of Health.
These latest cases are all tied to other known positives and include two children, ages 5 and 7, and also an employee of Taco Bell in Green River. All five new patients are in good condition and isolating at home, according to a press release from Sweetwater County.
Of the now 40 total positives cases, 12 are active cases while 28 patients are fully recovered.
Since the softening of restrictions on May 1, the county has recorded 30 positive cases, compared to 11 positive cases in the first month at the height of statewide restrictions.
A source close to the Taco Bell in Green River, who asked to remain anonymous as they are not authorized to speak publicly on behalf of the international franchise, said the restaurant’s Green River location was and continues to follow all state health orders and guidelines as well as recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The source also said the restaurant will be closing for two weeks out of an abundance of caution and due to personnel issues related to additional staff who are now also under quarantine orders.
Health officials believe it is unlikely that any of the restaurant’s customers are at risk as initial contact tracing efforts have not identified any customers as potential close contacts of this case.
While public health officials encourage everyone to spend time outside, to engage in meaningful social interactions with friends and family and to support local businesses, they also caution that this disease still poses a significant risk to the community and urge everyone to consider both the risk and reward when making decisions about activities.
“We know many are tired of hearing about this virus; we’re tired too,” said Sweetwater County Health Officer Dr. Jean Stachon.
“But, we also have a responsibility to share with everyone what we’re seeing locally on the front lines of this pandemic. We’re not trying to exaggerate the danger, but this virus clearly remains a threat. We’re not asking people to shelter in place and avoid all contact with others. We all realize at this point that’s not a practical long-term solution, especially considering our way of life around here, which is, in many ways, already conducive to social distancing,” Stachon continued.
“We’re only asking everyone to consider the risk levels of various activities, to evaluate what makes sense for you and your friends a family, and to take reasonable precautions. Everybody’s situation is different. But, the more all of us consider the risk in every situation, the safer we’ll all be in avoiding some of the large outbreaks we’ve seen across the state. And, we want to remind everyone that we’re doing all of this to slow the spread so that we don’t overwhelm our local healthcare system.”
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