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WASHINGTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY     (Washington County, Utah)

ST. GEORGE NEWS STORIES ABOUT THE PANDEMIC OF 2020

(THE CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19 PANDEMIC)

in Washington County, Utah

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These are articles from STGNews.com that deal with issues relating to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
pandemic of 2020. It is not a complete set, but captures a lot of what was going on in Washington County.


ARTICLES

In midst of coronavirus outbreak, Intermountain Healthcare institutes new visitor restrictions
Article by St. George News, 3/9/2020

City and county officials, first responders meet to discuss coronavirus response
Article by David Louis, St. George News, 3/10/2020

'This is unprecedented'; High school athletics temporarily suspended due to COVID-19 concerns
Article by Ryne Williams, St. George News, 3/13/2020

K-12 schools across the state dismissed for two weeks to prevent spread of COVID-19
Article by Chris Reed, St. George News, 3/13/2020

Toiletries and other shelf stable goods continue to fly off shelves at local stores
Article by Ryne Williams, St. George News, 3/14/2020

Local agencies chip in to help set up tents for additional ER space at Dixie Regional Medical Center
Article by Ryne Williams, St. George News, 3/14/2020

Purgatory suspends on-site visitation, enacts other COVID-19 prevention measures
Article by Mori Kessler, St. George News, 3/15/2020

Megaplex limiting seating, taking other measures for COVID-19 prevention
Article by St. George News, 3/15/2020

Romney assures Southern Utah not forgotten in COVID-19 pandemic; Intermountain postpones surgeries
Article by Chris Reed, St. George News, 3/16/2020

'We are going to get through this together'; City of St. George takes precautions against COVID-19
Article by David Louis, St. George News, 3/16/2020

In response to COVID-19 pandemic, TDS offers free internet to low-income families, college students
Article by St. George News, 3/17/2020

Smith’s, Dollar General announce special hours for seniors in wake of COVID-19
Article by Ryne Williams, St. George News, 3/17/2020

Hurricane city, businesses take COVID-19 precautions but remain open — for now
Article by Aspen Stoddard, St. George News, 3/17/2020

Washington County announces coronavirus-related social distancing measures, closures and cancellations
Article by Mori Kessler, St. George News, 3/18/2020

Washington City closes community center, cancels Cotton Days as virus precautions continue
Article by Mori Kessler, St. George News, 3/18/2020

Southern Utah, Dixie State postpone commencement to safeguard against COVID-19 spread
Article by Aspen Stoddard, St. George News, 3/18/2020

Ivins City Council to discuss soft City Hall closure at meeting, some services already moved online
Article by Chris Reed, St. George News, 3/18/2020

'Kids will remember how their family home felt during this pandemic'; Students to begin remote instruction
Article by Aspen Stoddard, St. George News, 3/19/2020

Utah State Board of Education waives 180-day school year, suspends statewide assessments due to COVID-19
Article by Aspeen Stoddard, St. George News, 3/19/2020

'We all have to do this together'; Here’s where you can order delivery and takeout during the pandemic
Article by Andrew Pinckney, St. George News, 3/19/2020

'This gives an opportunity to adapt'; Chamber of Commerce encourages businesses during COVID-19 pandemic
Article by David Lewis, St. George News, 3/19/2020

Washington County declares state of emergency due to COVID-19
Article by Mori Kessler, St. George News, 3/21/2020

First COVID-19 positive test diagnosed in Southern Utah
Article by Chris Reed, St. George News, 3/21/2020

First COVID-19 death in Utah; Health officials contact those exposed to positive patient in Southern Utah
Article by Chris Reed, St. George News, 3/22/2020

'It's not a water-borne pathogen'; county water officials address panic-buying of bottled water
Article by Mori Kessler, St. George News, 3/23/2020

'People have to adapt'; Short Creek residents deal with both pros and cons of social distancing
Article by Aspen Stoddard, St. George News, 3/23/2020

Gov. Gary Herbert announces K-12 schools, technical colleges to be dismissed until May 1
Article by Aspen Stoddard, St. George News, 3/23/2020

First COVID-19 case confirmed in Iron County, additional cases diagnosed in Washington County
Article by Chris Reed, St. George News, 3/23/2020

First cases of community spread of COVID-19 seen in Washington County; more testing now available
Article by Chris Reed, St. George News, 3/25/2020

Washington County libraries shut down until further notice due to increased risk of COVID-19
Article by Aspen Stoddard, St. George News, 3/26/2020

Officials address ventilator availability as first case of COVID-19 community spread reported in Iron County
Article by Chris Reed, St. George News, 3/26/2020

'Today we invite you to Stay Greater'; tourism office launches campaign to unite communit
Article for the St. George News, 3/26/2020

As transit service continues amid pandemic, SunTran driver expresses health concerns
Article by Ryne Williams, St. George News, 3/27/2020

Health department reports 1st death of Southern Utah resident with COVID-19
Article by Chris Reed, St. George News, 3/27/2020

'It will only work if we all do this'; Governor recommends all residents in the state stay home
Article by Chris Reed, St. George News, 3/27/2020

Local restaurants adapt to offer services during COVID-19 pandemic
Article by Ryne Williams, St. George News, 3/27/2020

'People need to take the virus seriously'; Officials plead for responsible recreation as parks are packed
Article by Hollie Reina, St. George News, 3/28/2020

DMV closing offices, adding drive-thru in Hurricane; 4 more COVID-19 cases in Southern Utah
Article by St. George News, 3/28/2020

Local brings supplies to truckers during COVID-19 pandemic
Article by Ryne Williams, St. George News, 3/28/2020

'We're writing the book as we’re living it'; From elementary to university, educators pivot in unique situation
Article by Aspen Stoddard, St. George News, 3/29/2020

Going shopping? What you can expect from local grocery stores, senior hours, mobile checkout
Article by Aspen Stoddard, St. George News, 3/29/2020

'I'm staying optimistic;' High school athletes trying to handle suspension of spring sports
Article by Ryne Williams, St. George News, 3/29/2020

Washington County pledges small business loans to keep people afloat
Article by David Louis, St. George News, 3/29/2020

At Stephen Wade Auto Center, the health and safety of the community is their top priority
Article by Andrew Pinckney, St. George News, 3/29/2020

Ivins cafe finds a roundabout way to get food supplies to residents during pandemic
Article by Chris Reed, St. George News, 4/2/2020

'We're making some headway'’; State ramps up coronavirus testing, launches survey for residents
Article by Chris Reed, St. George News, 4/2/2020

St. George nurse with COVID-19 recognized on Jimmy Kimmel, receives donation
Article by Ryne Williams, St. George News, 4/3/2020

'Zion closes immediately'; Gov. Herbert tells visitors they must pack up and go
Article by Hollie Reina, St. George News, 4/3/2020

Ivins City Council gets first peek at 2021 budget, temporarily closes pickleball courts and park bathrooms
Article by Chris Reed, St. George News, 4/3/2020

Washington County among top 5 highest unemployment claims in state for 2nd week in a row
Article by David Louia, St. George News, 4/3/2020

'It's truly amazing to watch'; Staff goes into battle against COVID-19 at Dixie Regional Medical Center
Article by Chris Reed, St. George News, 4/3/2020

Certain St. George parks shut down to prevent spread of COVID-19: Here is what's closed
Article by Ryne Williams, St. George News, 4/4/2020

Coronavirus testing without symptoms can produce false results, president declares disaster in Utah
Article by Chris Reed, St. George News, 4/4/2020

United Way seeks funding as calls for rental assistance rise; stimulus bill includes incentives for charitable giving
Article by Hollie Reina, St. George News, 4/5/2020

County extends property tax deadlines due to COVID-19
Article by Mori Kessler, St. George News, 4/7/2020

Only 1 new coronavirus case in 2 days in Southern Utah; Intermountain Healthcare starts testing treatments
Article by Chris Reed, St. George News, 4/8/2020

Governor orders virtual coronavirus checkpoints set up at port of entry, US-89 near Kanab
Article by Chris Reed, St. George News, 4/8/2020

ABC News report says life is normal in Washington City; mayors say it is far from it
Article by Ryne Williams, St. George News, 4/11/2020

Ventilator to host multiple patients; Dixie State professor, interns design and 3D print needed supplies
Article by AspenStoddard, St. George News, 4/11/2020

State looking for feedback on emergency alerts; first COVID-19 cases in a week in Iron County
Article by Chris Reed, St. George News, 4/12/2020

Masks are the new fashion statement during the pandemic, but how effective are they?
Article by Chris Reed, St. George News, 4/13/2020

Utah cancels alert system aimed at motorists entering state
Article by the Associated Press, St. George News, 4/13/2020

Retail and restaurants are definitely struggling during pandemic, but how are the trades faring?
Article by Kelsey Cooke, St. George News, 4/14/2020

Gov. Gary Herbert extends school closures until the end of the school year
Article by Aspen Stoddard, St. George News, 4/14/2020

Utah high school spring sports officially canceled due to coronavirus
Article by Ryne Williams, St. George News, 4/14/2020

No new COVID-19 cases reported in Southern Utah Wednesday, but state warns virus doesn't know borders
Article by Chris Reed, St. George News, 4/15/2020

What will graduation look like for Washington County School District high school seniors?
Article by Aspen Stoddard, St. George News, 4/15/2020

City of St. George to reopen golf courses — with some extra precautions in place
Article by St. George News, 4/15/2020

Stimulus checks began arriving this week. Who gets them and who doesn’t?
Article by Mori Kessler, St. George News, 4/15/2020

Utah to include additional bump to weekly unemployment benefits through July
Article by David Louis, St. George News, 4/15/2020

State provides benefits for those who lost job to pandemic, offers aid for child care centers
Article by Chris Reed, St. George News, 4/15/2020

106K have filed for unemployment in Utah over the last month
Article by the Associated Press, St. George News, 4/16/2020

'We want to get back to work'; Protesters in St. George denounce coronavirus closures
Article by Mori Kessler, St. George News, 4/16/2020

‘We are planning for different scenarios’; Dixie Regional Medical Center installs 2nd BLU-MED tent
Article by St. George News, 4/16/2020

Additional coronavirus testing to begin in the Red Cliffs Mall parking lot in St. George
Article by David Louis, St. George News, 4/16/2020

Washington County School District announces refund of athletic participation fees
Article by Ryne Williams, St. George News, 4/16/2020

Ivins Council wrestles with keeping things closed, pushing forward with new City Hall during pandemic
Article by Chris Reed, St. George News, 4/17/2020

St. George begins reopening some parks after pandemic-related closures
Article by Ryne Williams, St. George News, 4/17/2020

State lays out plan to reopen parts of economy by early May; state parks reopen to all immediately
Article by Chris Reed, St. George News, 4/17/2020

Utah lawmakers vote to temporarily eliminate polling places, conduct primaries entirely by mail
Article by the Associated Press, St. George News, 4/17/2020

Docutah to stream 6 free documentaries with Southern Utah connections
Article for the St. George News, St. George News, 4/17/2020

'I guess this is life for now'; What St. George is doing for fun
Article by David Louis, St. George News, 4/18/2020

Group of women in Ivins City get together to make face masks for those at risk
Article by Ryne Williams, St. George News, 4/18/2020

With 9 out of 10 students out of school worldwide, will this pandemic change the future of education?
Article by Aspen Stoddard, St. George News, 4/19/2020

Utah coronavirus cases rise past 3,000, Southern Utah adds one case; Capitol rally protests restrictions
Article by the Associated Press, St. George News, 4/19/2020

Washington County libraries to offer curbside pickup
Article by Mori Kessler, St. George News, 4/20/2020

State releases app to track spread of coronavirus; No new Southern Utah cases in 2 days
Article by Chris Reed, St. George News, 4/22/2020

After month of deferrals, Hurricane Power Department reinstates electricity shut-offs due to nonpayment
Article by Aspen Stoddard, St. George News, 4/22/2020

Number of coronavirus cases in Southern Utah spikes following 2 days without a case
Article by Chris Reed, St. George News, 4/23/2020

Utah unemployment remains at record highs, but moves lower
Article by the Associated Press, St. George News, 4/23/2020

Faith communities adapt amid coronavirus pandemic with online Sabbaths and drive-thru confessionals
Article by Mori Kessler, St. George News, 4/25/2020

Families in need getting boost in SNAP benefits
Article by St. George News, 4/25/2020

'We are full'; Sand Hollow closes after people flood to the park
Article by Ryne Williams, St. George News, 4/25/2020

First coronavirus death reported in Washington County, second in Southern Utah
Article by Chris Reed, St. George News, 4/25/2020

'We're not going anywhere'; Restaurants cling to life after COVID-19’s devastating impact on industry
Article by Cody Bowers, St. George News, 4/26/2020

'We never expected a virus to take down our world'; How students are dealing with the pandemic
Article by Aspen Stoddard, St. George News, 4/26/2020

St. George city officials to reopen pickleball, tennis and sand volleyball courts
Article by St. George News, 4/27/2020

'Everyone wants our community to stay safe'; Washington County prepares to reopen some businesses
Article by David Louis, St. George News, 4/27/2020

Dixie State University, Atwood Innovation Plaza companies helping with COVID-19 pandemic
Article by St. George News, 4/28/2020

Local health department 'unlikely to issue a more restrictive order' than the governor as businesses reopen
Article by David Louis, St. George News, 4/28/2020

Sand Hollow State Park closes beach to primitive campers, law enforcement to patrol parking on roads
Article by Aspen Stoddard, St. George News, 4/28/2020

In salute to front-line pandemic workers, Air Force formation to fly over Southern Utah
Article by St. George News, 4/29/2020

RedRiver Health and Wellness Center conducting antibody study of COVID-19 with focus on Washington County
Article by Ryne Williams, St. George News, 4/29/2020

New guidelines implemented at Utah state parks to address high visitation
Article by St. George News, 4/29/2020

Costco to require customers to wear masks; Local DMV office to remain closed despite others reopening
Article by Chris Reed, St. George News, 4/29/2020

'Live Long. Live Well.' initiative to study impacts of pandemic on Washington County residents
Article by Aspen Stoddard, St. George News, 4/30/2020

Bowling alleys around St. George reopening with new procedures
Article by Ryne Williams, St. George News, 4/30/2020

St. George to reopen city pools, recreation center and splash pad
Article by St. George News, 4/30/2020

'It's an orange-letter day'; Governor optimistic as state lowers coronavirus threat level
Article by Chris Reed, St. George News, 4/30/2020

'That advice still holds'; Coronavirus expert warns Southern Utahns to stay vigilant, says another wave is coming
Article by Chris Reed, St. George News, 5/1/2020

Early closures may be the 'new normal' for Washington County's water-based state parks
Article by Mori Kessler, St. George News, 5/1/2020

Essential worker in St. George moved to tears by Air Force flyover tribute; photo gallery
Article by St. George News, 5/1/2020

Washington County libraries reopen with limited access
Article by Mori Kessler, St. George News, 5/1/2020

As St. George begins to reopen, plans for theaters, restaurants, pools are in flux
Article by David Louis, St. George News, 5/2/2020

Zion National Park announces it is reopening on May 13
Article by St. George News, 5/2/2020

Coronavirus impacts on higher education: Decrease in enrollment? Campuses open in fall?
Article by Aspen Stoddard, St. George News, 5/2/2020

FEMA approves coronavirus crisis counseling funds for Utah
Article by St. George News, 5/2/2020

Washington City mayor urges continued safety practices as Community Center is reopening
Article by Mori Kessler, St. George News, 5/2/2020

Tips on making a homemade mask during the COVID-19 pandemic
Article by Ryne Williams, St. George News, 5/3/2020

Utah sees biggest one-day jump in coronavirus cases in a month
Article by Chris Reed, St. George News, 5/3/2020

Rotary clubs set up mobile food pantry, distribute food to hundreds in need
Article by Hollie Reina, St. George News, 5/3/2020

Southern Utah sees highest number of COVID-19 cases in a day so far; Numbers double in San Juan County
Article by Chris Reed, St. George News, 5/4/2020

State refuses request to lower COVID-19 threat level for southwest Utah; 1 new death in Washington County
Article by Mori Kessler, St. George News, 5/5/2020

Here come COVID-19 tracing apps – and privacy trade-offs
Article by the Associated Press, St. George News, 5/6/2020

'We hear you in St. George'; Request to reduce virus alert level in Washington County resubmitted
Article by Chris Reed, St. George News, 5/6/2020

State says it’s willing to work with Southern Utah leaders on coronavirus risk level
Article by Chris Reed, St. George News, 5/7/2020

Utah focuses on small business assistance through grants; Number of unemployment claims decrease
Article by David Louis, St. George News, 5/7/2020

'Social distancing is still a thing'; Fire Lake, joining others, to close at parking capacity due to overcrowding
Article by Aspen Stoddard, St. George News, 5/7/2020

Governor rejects 2nd request to move Southern Utah to yellow risk level, plans to reconsider over weekend
Article by Chris Reed, St. George News, 5/8/2020

Dixie State, Southern Utah universities to hold in-person commencements later in the year
Article by Aspen Stoddard, St. George News, 5/8/2020

Dixie Regional caregivers fighting coronavirus looking for an assist from Southern Utahns who can sew
Article by St. George News, 5/9/2020

Rate of Southern Utah coronavirus tests coming back positive quadruples in 1 day
Article by Chris Reed, St. George News, 5/9/2020

'I got sad and then I got happy'; 2020 high school grads reflect on virtual graduations
Article by Aspen Stoddard, St. George News, 5/10/2020

Weekend rate of new coronavirus cases stays high in Southern Utah, though new data is incomplete
Article by Chris Reed, St. George News, 5/10/2020

State, local officials comment on viability of small businesses through pandemic
Article by David Louis, St. George News, 5/11/2020

State epidemiologist: Recent coronavirus cases in Washington County the result of local transmission
Article by Chris Reed, St. George News, 5/12/2020

Utah Shakespeare Festival cancels 2020 season
Article by St. George News, 5/12/2020

2020 Larry H. Miller Utah Summer Games canceled due to COVID-19
Article by St. George News, 5/12/2020

Medical experts differ on whether Southern Utah is ready to lower coronavirus alert level
Article by Chris Reed, St. George News, 5/13/2020

Zion National Park reopens with limited services: Here's what you need to know
Article by Hollie Reina, St. George News, 5/13/2020

High school students, parents petition for 'real' graduations
Article by Aspen Stoddard, St. George News, 5/14/2020

'It’s been painful to see this happen'; Police station and City Hall expansion on hold
Article by David Louis, St. George News, 5/14/2020

Governor announces coronavirus alert level moving to yellow
Article by Chris Reed, St. George News, 5/14/2020

'Should we let this run its course through the population?'; Romney asks if herd immunity is answer to pandemic
Article by Chris Reed, St. George News, 5/15/2020

St. George Area Chamber supports relaxing virus risk level, continues financial support of business community
Article by David Louis, St. George News, 5/15/2020

St. George sets the date to reopen City Hall's doors
Article by David Louis, St. George News, 5/16/2020

Dinosaur Discovery Site digs up expansion plans, has soft reopening
Article by David Louis, St. George News, 5/17/2020

Schools remain closed despite yellow guidelines; Leaders discuss improvements, reopening
Article by Aspen Stoddard, St. George News, 5/19/2020

LDS church announces plans to return to weekly worship services
Article by Mori Kessler, St. George News, 5/19/2020

State concerned about rise in Washington County COVID-19 cases, local officials not as alarmed
Article by Chris Reed, St. George News, 5/20/2020

Detective, nurse, confidant: Virus tracers play many roles
Article from the Associated Press, St. George News, 5/21/2020

Atwood Innovation Plaza provides 3D printed N95 masks for first responders
Article by Mori Kessler, St. George News, 5/21/2020

Watchman Campground, limited Zion Lodge services open as park prepares for holiday weekend
Article by Hollie Reina, St. George News, 5/21/2020

Unemployment assistance extended in Utah as state reports 6-week trend of decreasing initial claims
Article by David Louis, St. George News, 5/22/2020

Flags flying at half-staff for Memorial Day and to remember coronavirus victims
Article by St. George News, 5/23/2020

Ivins City sets date – and pandemic protocols – for reopening City Hall
Article by Chris Reed, St. George News, 5/23/2020

'The curve is not flat'; Hospital director sounds alarm as coronavirus hospitalizations increase
Article by Chris Reed, St. George News, 5/28/2020

With 26 new COVID-19 cases reported in Southern Utah, health department pinpoints lack of social distancing
Article by Chris Reed, St. George News, 5/29/2020

Southern Utahns come through in effort to make masks for coronavirus caregivers, as new cases hit another high
Article by Chris Reed, St. George News, 5/30/2020



Area sees highest number of new COVID-19 infections in one day since July
Article by Chris Reed, St. George News, 10/3/2020

2 new coronavirus deaths reported in Washington County
Article by Chris Reed, St. George News, 10/4/2020

As COVID-19 deaths and hospitalizations rise in Utah, caregivers say they’re reaching their limits
Article by Chris Reed, St. George News, 10/7/2020

Southern Utah spikes to near record high in coronavirus cases
Article by Chris Reed, St. George News, 10/10/2020

CARES Act funding still flowing to St. George businesses, but some remains untapped
Article by David Louis, St. George News, 10/11/2020

Under new stipulations, quarantine reduced to 7 days for those exposed to COVID-19 in Utah schools
Article by Aspen Stoddard, St. George News, 10/12/2020

Masks made mandatory in 3 local counties; governor ditches colors for COVID-19 restrictions
Article by Chris Reed, St. George News, 10/13/2020

Southern Utah sets new 1-day record for COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations
Article by Chris Reed, St. George News, 10/15/2020

Northern Utah hospital filled to capacity as Southern Utah sets another 1-day high for COVID-19 cases
Article by Chris Reed, St. George News, 10/17/2020

Dixie Regional ICU passes capacity, immediately activates additional beds
Article by Chris Reed, St. George News, 10/18/2020

'There is a war going on': Intermountain staff ask public to take COVID-19 prevention more seriously
Article by Chris Reed, St. George News, 10/21/2020

'We stand on the brink': Southern Utah breaks 100 COVID-19 cases in single day
Article by Chris Reed, St. George News, 10/23/2020

6 more dead, 484 more infected with COVID-19 over 5 days in Southern Utah
Article by Chris Reed, St. George News, 10/27/2020

Did you get it? State sends first COVID-19 Wireless Emergency Alert
Article by St. George News, 10/30/2020

As demand goes up to be tested for COVID-19, many now have to wait their turn
Article by Chris Reed, St. George News, 11/2/2020

City of St. George to temporarily restrict events due to increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations
Article by St. George News, 11/3/2020

New COVID-19 infections set high mark in Southern Utah
Article by Chris Reed, St. George News, 11/4/2020

Governor orders statewide mask mandate, bans social gatherings for next two weeks
Article by Chris Reed, St. George News, 11/8/2020

'We're effectively full': Southern Utah breaks more than 300 new COVID-19 infections in one day
Article by Chris Reed, St. George News, 11/12/2020

Longer wait times for COVID-19 tests as surge continues, Southern Utah hits new record with a caveat
Article by Fox12Now.com, St. George News, 11/14/2020

SkyWest Airlines joins campaign to protect consumers, boost Southern Utah’s economic recovery
Article by Alexa Morgan, St. George News, 11/16/2020

Governor continues mask mandate as Washington County hits COVID-19 death toll high
Article by Chris Reed, St. George News, 11/19/2020

As Southern Utah hits another high for COVID-19 infections, is Thanksgiving safe?
Article by Chris Reed, St. George News, 11/20/2020

As infections go up, getting tested for COVID-19 is becoming a longer process
Article by Chris Reed, St. George News, 11/21/2020

Southern Utah COVID-19 Update: Hospitalizations hit 50
Article by Chris Reed, St. George News, 11/24/2020