Kane County continues to monitor the progress of COVID 19 in Kane County, the state and the nation. Events are evolving and changing daily.

On March 16, President Trump initiated a 15 day push to help slow the spread of Coronavirus. These guidelines include following the direction of state and local authorities.

If you feel sick or have sick children, stay home and contact your medical provider. If someone in your home has tested positive, keep the entire household at home. If you are older or have an underlying health concern, stay home and away from other people. See the president’s other recommendations to include limiting group sizes to less that 10 people on the Kane County Emergency Services Facebook page.

Kane County has closed the following facilities: Kanab Center gym, North Event Center, Kaneplex, Search and Rescue buildings, Office of Tourism, Senior Center, and certain offices within the county building to include the IT Department, HR Department, Budget Office and Roads Department. Other county offices and departments shall remain open to the public with reasonable limitations to limit interaction with the public. Kane County strongly encourages the public to use other means to contact county offices such as e-mail, telephone or online payment options, unless a visit is critical or time sensitive.

Kanab City has closed the library and attached meeting room. All board meetings, planning commission and city council meetings are cancelled until further notice.

The city office remains open with limited staff and they invite everyone to use online forms and payments or drop your payments in the drop box outside the building to limit exposure to employees.

Kanab City public works is confident in their water system and and want to reassure residents that the water will continue to flow and their crews will continue to work, ensuring essential services will keep functioning.

Other towns will also discontinue council meetings and limit public access where possible. Call your town offices for details.

Kane County School District has implemented school closures and will continue to provide remote instruction and meals to their students. See their website for updates.

There is a large amount of information available at this time. As before, I would caution you to use reputable sources for your information.

For Utah information, use coronavirus.utah.gov. The Utah site includes links to Utah Department of Health, and CDC.

For Kane County updates use kane.utah.gov. Kane County will include updates from Kane County Hospital, Southwest Public Health Department and Kane School District as they become available.

President Trump, Governor Herbert and your local elected officials have encouraged people to please not panic. There is no reason to hoard supplies or overwhelm our local establishments. In the coming weeks we will see additional changes in the way we interact with our local businesses and the way we eat out. All of your county elected officials encourage you to be kind, check on your neighbors in a safe manner and let’s continue to work through this together. We will keep you updated as events unfold.