In the days after Moab began shutting down businesses and instructing residents to isolate themselves amid the COVID-19 pandemic, 549 Grand County residents filed for unemployment insurance benefits, according to the Utah Department of Workforce Services.
With business in Grand County ground to a halt by public health measures designed to slow the spread of COVID-19, many workers have been left without tours to lead, equipment to rent, rooms to clean and the many other jobs that keep Moab’s tourism economy turning.
Gov. Gary Herbert in a press conference this week said “the best minds in Utah” are developing a three-phase action plan to deal with the potentially deadly COVID-19 outbreak and the dire economic fallout that has resulted from its spread.
The Census is about three weeks into its self-response operations. “Due to our nation’s situation, the U.S. Census Bureau is adjusting its timeline to give all residents the opportunity to respond and have announced a new timeline,” said a press release from the department.
Moab and the rest of the world is experiencing a situation that nobody has ever faced before — but the people of our community are coming together to get through this time of crisis. COVID-19 is taking a toll on our town, but groups and businesses are working with the public to meet everyone’s needs.
The Child Care Task Force has created a new program called One Utah Child Care to meet the needs of essential employees, such as health care workers and first responders during the COVID-19 pandemic. The online tool for parents to register is now available and services began Monday, March 30, according to Tracy Gruber, who discussed the issue during a press conference Monday.
There’s nothing quite like a book or 10 to help cope with self-isolation and the Grand County Library understands this.
Concerns regarding transmitting COVID-19 through the use of reusable grocery bags at City Market — and everywhere else in Moab — have prompted store manager Brendon Cameron to encourage people to use the store’s recyclable paper bags for their groceries.
Hair and beauty salons, nail salons, barbershops, tattoo shops, massage and tanning facilities must close as part of a revised public health order the Southeast Utah Health Department issued April 1 with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Local Forestry Fire and State Lands Wildland Urban Interface seasonal employees, Utah Conservation Corps crews and Bureau of Land Management wildland firefighters worked to reduce fuel hazards along Pack Creek and Mill Creek this past week.
Work continues on the Utah Department of Transportation’s widening of north Highway 191. Work is happening from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
People in Utah are being warned to be extra vigilant as scam callers are likely to ramp up their activity over the next few weeks to take advantage of increasing amounts of people being at home due to the current coronavirus outbreak.