Covid-19 hits Utah schools

This past week the Coronavirus (COVID-19) was declared a national pandemic. Numerous outbreaks have occurred and the virus spread. 

On March 6, Governor Herbert announced that Utah is in a state of “emergency” in a press conference. On Friday, March 13, Herbert announced that all Utah Public schools will be closed for a two week “soft closure.”

At the current moment in time, there are 121 countries with confirmed cases according to the CDC.

 In Utah, 181 people have confirmed cases of the virus, and every day it continues to spread. Two of the people affected include famous Jazz players Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchel. 

There were numerous possibilities of exposure and actual exposure to the virus with students at Utah Schools. As of right now, every school in Utah is temporarily closed. Public Schools and Colleges are transitioning to classes online.

Concerning Hillcrest, all school activities have been canceled. This includes Junior Prom, Robotics, Drills end of year performance, and many others. In addition, the Utah High School Activities Association has canceled all games until further notice. 

Following the direction of President Donald Trump, the Utah Department of Health and CDC have suggested that no one gathers in groups larger than 10 people. 

Just one week ago, on Friday the 13, there were only 5 cases of the virus and a limit of 100 person gatherings. Each day brings new surprises but we are constantly receiving new updates, cautions, and guidelines.

For any Hillcrest Students concerned about food or access to the internet, the school will be open from 11:30-12:30 every day to give students lunch. Anyone wishing to check out a Chromebook can do so in the office.