The Murray School District announced Thursday they will close all 10 of their district schools due to a potential direct contact exposure of teachers and students to someone with COVID-19. School districts in Summit and Wasatch Counties are preparing for the potential of an immediate shutdown.

Teachers are preparing lessons to send home with elementary students while secondary school teachers are updating on-line lesson plans so that in the event schools shut down, students can access on-line learning programs.

Utah State Office of Tourism/Paul Morrison Photography

The Park City Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau issued a letter to its members addressing the impacts of COVID-19. 

On Wednesday afternoon, the Utah Department of Health and Summit County Health Department announced the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Summit County. Shortly before, the Park City Chamber/Bureau addressed its members with a letter from the county health department, encouraging business owners to take special precautions with the health of their employees over the next few months.

The state of Utah has restricted public gatherings to 100 attendees or less starting Monday, but many other organizations are already sending out cancellation and rescheduling notices for performances this week.

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KPCW's comprehensive COVID-19 news coverage for Summit County and Wasatch County can be found below. Click on the links to read the stories.

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Wasatch County Health Department

On Wednesday, Wasatch County Council received an update from the County Health Department on their efforts to prepare for and deal with the possibility of the COVID-19 coronavirus making its way to the county.

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The Utah Department of Health and the Summit County Health Department announced the state’s fifth case of COVID-19, the second in Summit County on Thursday afternoon.

The patient is another man only described as younger than 60, and as an out-of-state visitor. As with the earlier reported case the Summit County Health Department and Utah Department of Health are working to identify and contact anyone who may have been in close contact with the confirmed case.

PEG Companies

Based on Park City Municipal Corporation’s recommendations of social distancing due to the COVID-19 virus, PEG Companies – the applicant for the redevelopment of the Park City Mountain Resort parking lots - has cancelled its two remaining open houses scheduled for later this month.

The remaining two open houses were scheduled for March 18th and March 24th. The first open house was held last Monday where curious residents packed the room.


Wednesday afternoon, a case of COVID-19, known as coronavirus, has been confirmed in Summit County. The patient is a man younger than 60 who recently traveled to Europe. His close contacts will be identified and monitored for symptoms which could be flu like. If someone has traveled recently and they are experiencing coughing, fever and shortness of breath, they should contact a health provider.


The Utah Department of Health and Summit County Health Department announced Wednesday afternoon the state’s third confirmed case of COVID-19, also known as coronavirus had occurred in Summit County.

Meteorologist Erika Martin introduces herself as the newest member of the ABC Forecast Weather team. Salt Lake City International Airport Executive Director Bill Wyatt has more details about the New SLC, which opens the first phase this September. Summit County Health Dept. Director Rich Bullough and Nursing Director Carolyn Rose talk about how the county is preparing for a possible COVID-19 outbreak and two of the Co-Founders of 2020 Women of Vision Laurie Eastwood and Jaime Myers have details about their upcoming 3-day conference.

Like everywhere else, the possible spread of the COVID-19 virus is a major concern for Summit County government.        

County Manager Tom Fisher noted that the situation on the virus is always changing.    That was evident again with an announcement just Tuesday morning of a second COVID-19 case in Utah.        

“Each case is going to tell us a different story.   And the public health folks are going to change their advice based on that.  So we’re just waiting for the information just like everybody else is in order to see what we need to do.”

Park City Mountain Resort helped carry Vail Resorts through a tough 2nd quarter. Things might get worse for the company as they prepare for the impacts of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus

Intermountain Healthcare

The Park City Hospital has implemented visitor restrictions for an undetermined length of time, to protect its staff and patients against COVID-19. 

Intermountain Healthcare began restricting visitors to its network of facilities Monday. The policy is based on guidelines from the Utah Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and includes restrictions to hospitals, outpatient clinics, InstaCares and physician offices.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox and other key stakeholders met Monday to update media on the state’s response to COVID-19, known as coronavirus. Herbert says the risk is currently low in Utah, but the state has activated its emergency operations center.

“We’re hoping for the very best outcome with minimal impact on our communities, but we're preparing for the worst, just in case,” Herbert said.


So far, no cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus have reached Utah, although some Utahns have contracted the virus while abroad.