The Richfield office of the Utah Division of Motor Vehicles is open, but only by appointment.
“Our smaller offices are all doing the same thing,” said Monte Roberts, division director of the Utah DMV. He said the measures are to limit the number of people in the office during the coronavirus pandemic.
The office has a sign-up sheet for appointments, but the easier method is to send one’s contact information in an e-mail to email@example.com.
Once an appointment is made, people are asked to wear a mask.
“We are asking our staff and patrons to both wear masks,” Roberts said. He said once a sneeze guard is installed and the area moves to the green recovery phase, masks will still be recommended, but not required.
The Central Utah Public Health Department confirmed that it has surpassed the century mark with its number of confirmed coronavirus cases during the weekend.
As of June 23, there are 107 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the region, including Sevier, Wayne, Piute, Sanpete, Millard and Juab counties. There have been more than 5,250 tests administered.
Sanpete leads the region with 41 cases and two current hospitalizations. Sevier County has 39 cases and one hospitalization.
Millard has 10 cases and one hospitalization.
There have been no reported deaths from coronavirus in the central Utah region. Public health officials have continued to encourage the use of masks in situations where social distancing can’t be observed. Piute, Wayne, Millard, Garfield, Emery, Kane, Beaver, Duchesne, Uintah and Daggett counties have all been moved into the green phase at this point.
However, Utah State Epidemiologist Angela Dunn warned Saturday in a memo to health officials the state appears to be in the acceleration phase of the pandemic after a new one-day record for new infections in the state was reached — more than 600. She noted a surge in cases began 12 days after Utah moving as a state into the yellow phase.
According to Dunn, if Utah doesn’t reach a seven-day rolling average of 200 or fewer new cases a week, the entire state will have to move back into orange. She said there is still a lot of work to do to prevent the state from having to go into a complete shutdown.
Mask use should be mandated by both governmentsx and businesses to help slow the expansion of the virus, Dunn said.
In the memo, Dunn notes at the current infection rate, hospitals in the state will run out of intensive care unit capacity in July.