Press Release: Grand County is currently experiencing a significant outbreak of pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough

Grand County is currently experiencing a significant outbreak of pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough. The Southeast Utah Health Department (SEUHD), Utah Department of Health (UDOH), along with Moab Regional Hospital are encouraging all community members to pay close attention to the signs and symptoms of the highly contagious respiratory infection.

Pertussis usually starts with cold-like symptoms: runny nose, sneezing, low-grade fever, and/or mild cough. Adults and adolescents may not even realize they have pertussis, which to them may just seem like a bad cold or cough. However, while those patients usually recover, the illness can spread to not-yet-vaccinated newborns that are most at risk of severe complications from the disease. Those severe complications can result in hospitalization or even death.

The bacteria that cause pertussis are found in the mouths, noses, and throats of infected people. The bacteria are spread in the air by droplets produced during sneezing or coughing. Once a person is exposed, symptoms usually begin within 7-10 days, but it can take up to 21 days before the first symptoms appear. Please watch for the following symptoms:

  • Cold like symptoms – runny nose, sore throat, sneezing or congestion
  • Vomiting from coughing hard
  • Low-grade fever (100° F-101° F)
  • Uncontrolled coughing spells
  • Whooping noise while coughing

Individuals with a persistent cough should seek medical care and remain home from work or school for five days from the beginning of treatment, or 21 days after the cough begins.

For questions about receiving the vaccine or antibiotic treatment contact your primary care provider, the Southeast Utah Health Department, or Moab Regional Hospital.

Salt Lake City Gas Prices Falling

(Salt Lake City, UT)  —  Gas prices in Salt Lake City are slightly cheaper this week. reports that the average price for a gallon of regular gas is $2.26.  That’s about five cents lower compared to last week.  A Costco in the area is offering the cheapest gas at $1.85 a gallon.

Trooper Still In Critical Condition

(Box Elder County, UT)  —  A UHP trooper is still in very critical condition after getting hit by a car while helping a motorist roadside Friday night.  Trooper Eric Ellsworth on State Road 13 in Garland when he was hit by a car driven by a teenage girl.  The incident remains under investigation. 

Service Honors Fallen WVC Officer

(West Valley City, UT)  —  Law enforcement officers from around the country are paying final respects to the death of 25-year-old West Valley police officer, Cody Brotherson.  A funeral held today was attended by officers from several agencies at the Maverik Center.  Brotherson was killed earlier this month while trying to stop a vehicle fleeing police. 

Family Says Body Identified As Missing Daughter Of “Piano Guys” Member

(Salt Lake City, UT)  —  The family of a Utah woman missing in Oregon since last month says her body has been recovered in an area where she had apparently been hiking.  The family of Annie Schmidt said her body was positively identified by a medical examiner over the weekend.  Schmidt had only recently moved to Oregon from Utah, and was reported missing after failing to pick up her mother from the airport last month.  The news was posted online by Jon Schmidt, Annie’s father and a member of the Utah-based group “The Piano Guys.”

Plane Crashes In Hurricane

(Hurricane, UT)  —  A pilot is okay after crashing his airplane in Hurricane.  Police say the pilot was taking off from the airport yesterday when the plane began to veer left.  The pilot then went to put the plane down and crashed.  Police say the crash caused only minor damage to the pilot’s 2006 Buddy Baby Lake fixed-wing, single-engine plane.

Reward Offered In Stolen Firearms Case

(West Jordan, UT)  —  Authorities are asking for the public’s help in finding whoever stole nine firearms from a West Jordan store.  West Jordan police say two men broke into Flawless Firearms on November 5th.  The suspects grabbed the weapons, including two machine guns that were in a safe, and took off in a white SUV.  The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says they also grabbed a couple of silencers, business checks and paperwork.  Authorities are offering ten-thousand dollars for information leading to the arrests and convictions of the suspects.

Press Release: The National Parks Conservation Association awarded its Stephen T. Mather Award to Kate Cannon

npsWASHINGTON — The National Parks Conservation Association awarded its Stephen T. Mather Award to Kate Cannon, superintendent of the National Park Service’s Southeast Utah Group, for her decades of work on behalf of national parks.

Cannon was honored for her leadership and collaboration in support of, among other things, the Moab Master Leasing Plan, which helps to protect Utah landmarks such as Arches and Canyonlands National Parks from the impacts of nearby oil and gas development.

She was also recognized for her deep commitment to the protection of park view sheds throughout Utah with her advocacy for compliance with the Regional Haze Rule, the federal program designed to reduce air pollution in and near national parks.

Before being named in 2006 as superintendent of the Southeast Utah Group, which includes Arches and Canyonlands national parks as well as Natural Bridges and Hovenweep national monuments, Cannon served as deputy superintendent of Grand Canyon National Park.

Tuacahn Opens Art Center

(Ivins, UT)  —  Tuacahn Center for the Arts is celebrating the opening of its new facility.  Officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Tuacahn Arts Center on Friday.  The 19-thousand square foot building comes with a gift gallery, and extra classroom space for Tuacahn High School.  

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