The Utah County Health Department announced Tuesday that it has confirmed its first resident case of COVID-19.
Unlike the first confirmed case in the county, this case is a Utah County resident. The patient is an adult male over the age of 18 years old, according to the press release. The county health department believes the patient contracted the virus through community spread.
The Utah County Health Department was unable to release any additional information about the case due to privacy laws but confirmed that the man did go to work for one day while symptomatic.
According to the press release, the health department has instructed those who might have come into contact with the individual to quarantine at home, but state and local health officials are expected to monitor these individuals for potential symptoms.
The Utah County Health Department asserts that symptoms may include a cough, fever over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, or shortness of breath.
Quarantine calls for individuals to remain in, and avoid leaving, their homes for any reason unless advised to do so by their primary health care provider to seek in-person medical treatment.
Before the announcement of the Utah County case, the Utah Department of Health confirmed a total of 51 cases of COVID-19 in Utah, including 10 visitors. Salt Lake County currently has the highest number of cases in the state with 20 residents and two visitors testing positive for the virus. Summit County has the second highest number.
To lessen the impact, Salt Lake County and Summit County have prohibited dine-in food service at all restaurants and bars and have also limited take-out, delivery and grocery shopping, which is still permitted.
State officials are asking residents to take precautions by practicing social distancing, which includes staying at least six-feet away from other people and remaining at home if exhibiting symptoms.
Individuals experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should not seek in-person medical care without first calling ahead. Residents exhibiting potential symptoms are asked to call the COVID-19 information line at 1-800-456-7707.
American Fork police arrested a local man under suspicion of several felony charges after he allegedly burglarized a home and threatened the female homeowner with a serrated knife.
According to the probable cause statement filed in support of the arrest, authorities were called to the home Thursday after a juvenile caller woke up to his mom screaming. The juvenile told authorities he believed his mom was being beaten.
When police arrived on scene, the juvenile caller ran out of a door to the residence and officers entered the home as the female homeowner ran downstairs with black shoelaces tied around her wrists and ankles.
The homeowner told police she has been woken up by creaking from the stairs leading to her room. When she looked toward the door of her room, she allegedly saw a man whom she had never seen before — later identified as 42-year-old Joshua Haskell — standing in the doorway looking at her.
According to the probable cause affidavit, Haskell had a large serrated knife in his hand, with his hand positioned up by his head with the knife pointed downward. The homeowner began screaming and yelling before Haskell allegedly told her to be quiet or he was “going to cut her head off.”
Haskell then allegedly entered the room and began to tie black shoelaces around the woman’s wrists and ankles. The homeowner told police Haskell then said he was going to take her vehicle, cash and financial transaction cards, demanding she tell him her PIN numbers. Haskell allegedly threatened that if the PIN numbers were wrong, he would come back and kill her, according to the probable cause statement.
The woman told police that when authorities entered the house, she told Haskell to “hurry and leave through the window,” but he did not want to leave because a glove that he had taken off to better tie the shoelaces was still in the home.
Instead, Haskell allegedly got into bed with the homeowner and told her to call him her “lover,” according to arrest documents. When Haskell pulled the bedsheets up to pretend he was sleeping, the woman excited the bed and ran down the stairs to the law enforcement officers for protection.
A short time later the male suspect also came downstairs and police took him into custody at gunpoint.
American Fork police conducted a search of his person and allegedly discovered a dirty syringe that contained an unknown substance, according to arrest documents. An officer stated he believed the needle was used to administer a controlled substance.
Authorities interviewed the female homeowner and her juvenile son. The woman told police during the interview that she was sure she was going to die and that Haskell was going to stab her.
Officers transported Haskell to the hospital, and the suspect was immediately uncooperative and asked for an attorney, according to arrest documents.
While investigating the scene, officers allegedly discovered a backpack, gloves, a mask and shoe that belonged to neither the woman or her son. Detectives were also able to locate a knife in the bed. Authorities also found methamphetamine inside the room, which the woman said didn’t belong to her or her son.
Although police found no signs of forced entry, according to the probable cause affidavit, the woman told police the back door could be wiggled and pushed open even when latched.
While in custody, Haskell provided a urine sample to authorities that tested positive for methamphetamine and buprenorphine.
Haskell allegedly committed this crime just days after being released from the Utah State Prison for committing a parole violation. He was sent to a halfway house as a part of the Parole Violation Program but was released due to the current COVID-19 pandemic on Tuesday. At the time of his arrest, Haskell had an active warrant out for his arrest in relation to alleged misdemeanor theft.
Haskell is currently being held at the Utah County Jail under suspicion of three first-degree felony charges for aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery and aggravated kidnapping. He is also facing potential charges for third-degree felony possession of a controlled substance and third-degree felony possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person.
Additionally, authorities are submitting that he be charged with class B misdemeanor threat of violence and class B misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia charges on top of his class B misdemeanor theft warrant.
Haskell has previously been convicted of multiple felony charges, including possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, assault and burglary.
Since she was two-years-old, BYU senior Shannon Evans has been competing in gymnastics.
She became one of the top college gymnasts in the country but she knew heading into the 2020 season that her career was drawing to a close. Unforeseen circumstances, however, combined to make things exponentially more challenging.
“I can’t really wrap my mind around my emotions right now with everything happening,” Evans said in a phone interview Tuesday. “It’s not just a physical strain. It’s been emotionally straining. Learning how to be on the sidelines, cheering my team on has been a process. But it’s also been a good learning experience seeing that side of things too.”
The initial setback for Evans came in November when she had a fall on the beam during training.
“Splitting the beam is not uncommon,” Evans said. “In gymnastics, you do it often. It’s kind of just one of those things where it’s not fun but it’s the nature of the sport. I never thought that splitting the beam was going to be something that pulled me out for so long. I mean, it hurt but I figured my body would heal from it and it just didn’t. It was debilitating. Even if I tried to fight through the pain, it was like my body would give out before even beginning.”
It was a slow process but eventually her body started healing from that injury. Other injuries started cropping up, however, extending the recovery time for Evans.
She said she tried to turn her attention to her teammates.
“You kind of have to do what you can for yourself, and then realize that there’s a bigger picture and the bigger picture is the team’s success,” Evans said. “It helped for me to focus my energy into my teammates’ success. It helped for me to turn their attention to them.”
She said that seeing so many of the Cougar gymnasts have great performances helped her cope with her health challenges.
“They stepped up their game to whole different level,” Evans said. “I really got to see individuals come in and do what needed to be done. That was really exciting for me to see and it was relaxing to knowing that when I’m done the program will be successful because of the foundation the coaches have laid. The up-and-coming girls are very talented and are committed to helping BYU climb in the rankings”
That was the status throughout the season but on March 9 Evans said she started training and noticed a big difference.
“I said a little prayer that was something like, ‘Heavenly Father, if my body can do this, please let it but if not, like that’s OK,” Evans said. “It helped me to find peace with whatever I could do. I went to the gym and though there was pain, everything felt like it was falling in place.”
That amped up her anticipation for Senior Night, which was scheduled for March 14, and for the upcoming opportunities at the conference and regional meets.
“I felt like I would be able to find the closure that I needed and be able to give a proper goodbye to the sport that I’ve been doing since I was two years old,” Evans said.
That excitement turned into disappointment as the week progressed and she had to emotionally deal with blow after blow as changes were announced to combat the spread of COVID-19.
First it was announced that no spectators would be allowed, then the home meet was canceled and then the entire season was called off.
“I didn’t know what to do or think,” Evans said. “There were lots of tears and (BYU senior gymnast Briana Pearson) and I were talking the whole time like, we don’t really know how to cope with this. This is something that’s never really happened before and we really needed that meet. It was just like a season that turned from me maybe having three and possibly four more meets left — and then I was done.”
She said what might be her final performance wasn’t her best memory.
“My last time to ever do gymnastics in front of the crowd competing was at Utah State during a bar routine that, frankly, didn’t score very well,” Evans said. “That was really disheartening. It was really, really hard. That day was not at the top of my list of days to be alive.”
She said the logic of what happened is something she understands — but that doesn’t help with the sadness and disappointment.
“I know it’s hard to think like that because you know if there’s a bigger cause it’s better for the public,” Evans said. “It’s what we need for safety. I understand all that but it doesn’t make it any easier for me or Briana, who their whole life just kind of ended. It’s not like gymnastics is our whole life but we’ve dedicated most of our lives to this sport. We wanted those moments of doing things for the last time and we didn’t get them.”
It was also difficult for her to see the difference in reactions between the seniors and the rest of the BYU team.
“It’s hard because we’re on different pages today,” Evans said. “A season of theirs ended a couple meets early and that was hard. We did win conference by default because we were the highest ranked team in the conference, but like who wants to win by default? But I was on the phone when that was announced and the entire team was cheering. I was just like, why are they cheering? This is so hard for me to take in because I’m in a lot of pain. It dawned on me that it’s not the same for them.”
She does have a sliver of hope because the NCAA announced that seniors competing in spring competitions would get another year of eligibility. She hopes that might be extended to seniors like her in winter sports who didn’t get to complete their final seasons.
“I just want a chance to get that closure,” Evans said. “I’ve never been a quitter or a settler. I don’t quit and I don’t settle, so it would be great to get this year back.”
She doesn’t know if that will happen, however. She said it has been really helpful to have a husband, BYU senior diver Ryan Evans, who is understanding about what she is going through.
“He actually got to finish his sport,” Shannon Evans said. “He qualified for zones and then got to compete on both boards and platform for his last time, and the final on platform — which was amazing — so he got to compete one more time there. He did get that peace of mind knowing each dive he was doing was his last. But he said that for me it wasn’t my senior season. That was nothing like what my senior season was supposed to be like. He’s been really supportive and helping me just keep my head up and keep some hope in my heart.”
But while that remains unknown, Shannon and Ryan Evans still have plans for the future. She is looking at getting a nursing degree while he finishes up his classes and then goes to chiropractic school in Texas.
In her heart, however, she hopes to have more gymnastics in her life.
“I want to have that nursing degree if it’s needed but I want to be a college gymnastics coach,” Evans said. “That’s kind of the big, long-term goal. Right now we’re kind of in a stalemate. Hopefully we’ll hear something soon so we can figure things out.”
Potential conflict concerning off-campus student housing at Brigham Young University is taking center stage for BYU law school student Julie Brooks.
Brooks posted a Change.org petition Wednesday calling for BYU to let students cancel off-campus housing contracts amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which has prompted BYU to move all of its classes online and the state of Utah to strongly discourage gatherings of more than 10 people.
“I was thinking, maybe I should go home because of everything going so awful,” Brooks said in an interview.
Brooks, who lives off campus in BYU-contracted housing, read her rental contract and found a clause, 23(B), which reads, “If the student leaves school due to a verified unforeseeable and unexpected catastrophic loss or serious illness. In such instances, termination of the Agreement is in effect after the landlord receives acceptable verification. Student shall forfeit security deposit and legal deductions.”
BYU sent a message to its students earlier this month that “encourages students to consider leaving campus and returning home to finish winter semester through remote coursework. We recognize individual circumstances may not allow this.”
According to the BYU On-Campus Housing Office, on-campus residents have the option of canceling their contracts immediately due to the COVID-19 outbreak since the university is asking students to go home.
According to BYU spokesperson Carri Jenkins, since the university is encouraging students to leave campus, the university needs to be flexible with students’ on-campus housing contracts, which the university controls.
Brooks figured that the current pandemic and subsequent widespread disruption of daily life qualified as a reason to invoke that clause to cancel her contract.
Brooks emailed management of her complex, which is managed by Legend Real Estate, noting she was canceling her contract pursuant to section 23(B). Management responded to her and said it couldn’t cancel the contract for 120 days.
Brooks contended the clause implies she could be released from the contract immediately (the exact wording is “automatically” in the clause).
Legend sent an email to Brooks, which was obtained by The Daily Herald.
“Legend Real Estate represents the landlord (owner) as an agent; however, Legend does not have the authority to modify the terms of a rental contract. The decision to modify a rental contract is at the discretion of the landlord. The contract is considered legally binding between the landlord and the tenant. The current decision by the landlord of your property is:
“The contract remains in force and is still considered to be legally binding between the tenant and the landlord. Requests for modification of this decision should be emailed to the Legend Real Estate office. All requests will be handled by the attorney for this property. Modifications to rental contracts will not be considered until after COVID-19 passes,” the email reads in part.
Brooks said she was angry at management’s response to her.
“There are people who are at super high risk for COVID-19 ... and they can’t go home because their landlord won’t let them out of their lease. It’s ridiculous,” Brooks said.
According to its website, Legend Real Estate has listings posted for at least 38 different locations that are BYU-contracted properties.
Legend Real Estate owner Tim Metler said the decisions about rental contracts will go through each individual landlord or property manager.
“Some owners may do a rent adjustment, some may allow the kids out based upon their documentation, and I have some owners that are saying no,” Metler said.
Metler estimated that Legend manages properties for around 900 tenants. Some of that includes family housing, which doesn’t fall under the BYU-contracted category.
Metler said it’s not as simple as property managers and owners having the ability to release residents from contracts.
Many people who are commenting on the Change.org petition aren’t aware of the costs that landlords incur to own properties, he said.
“I think people need to consider what the economic ramifications are to those owners who have the investment in the market,” he said.
Some of the owners for which Legend manages are in retirement or are in a care home and need the rental income to pay basic bills, Metler said.
Otherwise, those owners could be looking at foreclosure.
“My guess would be 85 to 90% of the owners have some sort of existing debt on their property they have to service, and they’re not just going to get a waiver for five months on that property,” he said.
Metler said that Legend is trying to work with residents on an individual basis if they lose their jobs and income. He noted that it’s easier for on-campus residents to have their contracts canceled because the university has financial backing that many landlords don’t have.
A counter petition was posted to Change.org on Wednesday calling for BYU students to honor their housing contracts despite the ongoing pandemic.
The petition, created by someone named Andrew Jensen, contends that some “ill-informed students and supporters” misinterpreted section 23(C) of the housing guide.
The petition contends that 23(C) reads as follows:
“WITHDRAWAL, SUSPENSION, EXPULSION, OR DISMISSAL FROM THE UNIVERSITY: Tenants who are suspended or dismissed by the University, or who choose to withdraw from the University prior to the end of the Agreement Period, must contact the Discontinuance Office and the Hall Advisor, and submit a Petition for Agreement Release to request a release from this agreement. These Tenants are subject to the following conditions ...
“C) If a Tenant leaves school due to a verified unforeseeable and unexpected catastrophic loss or serious illness, termination of this Agreement is in effect after acceptable verification has taken place.”
It’s unknown which type of housing contract the counter petition refers to because section 23(C) of the BYU off-campus student-landlord contract, at the center of Brooks’ petition, actually reads: “If the student leaves school due to a verified call into active military duty, the student may terminate further contractual obligation after five days written notice to landlord as outlined in the Service Members Civil Relief Act of 2003.”
Attempts to reach Jensen for clarification were unsuccessful.
According to emails provided to the Daily Herald, BYU’s Off-Campus Housing Office sent an email to its contracted landlords, owners and property managers on March 14 that encouraged landlords and their agents to consider the value of releasing students from their contracts.
The email from the office further asks landlords to carefully examine the risks associated with keeping residents under contract especially in the event that, by agreement, landlords will have to quarantine and isolate residents should the community experience a large outbreak of sick and infected students.
In that event, landlords have to follow direction from state and local health departments, according to the email.
“The university will not provide solutions to housing dilemmas which may arise in your properties,” the email reads in part.
The Off-Campus Housing Office deferred questions to the university’s communications office.
According to a statement provided by Jenkins, “The Off-Campus Housing Office provided information to landlords/managers/contracted property owners letting them know that the university has encouraged students to leave, recognizing the university does not have the authority to mandate students be released from legally binding contracts, and that in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak landlords would be required to follow health department guidelines for providing a safe space for students to either be isolated or quarantined.
“Further, landlords were told if they did not provide for the health and safety of students by following the guidelines mentioned above, they may be in violation of the university’s agreement with them,” the statement continued.
According to BYU’s housing guide, there are five on-campus housing complexes for students to live as well as a total of 50 off-campus complexes that BYU contracts with.
Approximately 15,000 students live off-campus and the university has on-campus pace for 5,050 students and 1,025 families, according to BYU spokesperson Carri Jenkins.
In order for housing complexes to contract with BYU, they must enforce the school’s Honor Code.
Marnie Merlos, the manager of one Provo apartment complex, Alpine Village, said she wouldn’t be able to say whether the complex would let residents cancel their contracts due to the coronavirus.
“It’s hard for me to answer,” she said.
Merlos referred additional questions to Alpine’s corporate owners, Redstone Residential, a corporation headquartered in Provo that manages several BYU-approved student housing complexes.
Many residents’ lease agreements will end in the next three months in line with the school year’s typical close, meaning they’re still on the hook for thousands of dollars in rent payments.
The pandemic has already resulted in massive job losses across Utah. More and more Utahns are expected to struggle with paying bills until the pandemic subsides and the economy regains its footing.
An earthquake shook areas of Utah Wednesday morning.
According to the University of Utah Seismograph stations, preliminary reports show that the earthquake was a 5.7 in magnitude and centered about 2.4 miles north-northeast of Magna. It hit at 7:10 a.m.
Since the preliminary event, officials estimate there have been at least six aftershocks ranging from 3.0 to 3.5 magnitude. The Utah Division of Emergency Management released a statement that it is very likely residents will continue to feel aftershocks throughout today.
The organization also announced that it is the largest earthquake in the state since a 5.9-magnitude earthquake in St. George in 1992.
Early reports on social media say that the earthquake was felt throughout the state. The Utah Division of Emergency Management initially received several reports from Logan to Riverton.
The Utah Division of Emergency Management recommends residents keep a flashlight and shoes beside their beds and develop an earthquake preparedness plan that includes strapping water heaters to their studs.
The Salt Lake International Airport has ceased operations while a pipe that burst during the initial event is repaired and water is cleaned up. All larger planes are being diverted to the Provo Airport.
Only one Delta flight had been diverted as of 9:45 a.m., but airport staff are on the ready to receive additional flights as needed, according to Nicole Martin, Provo spokeswoman.
Martin also said the Provo city offices has been closed and employees sent home as assessment on the building for damage is being done.
“No visible damage has been seen with the initial examination of the city center, but it will remain closed today for additional structural inspections,” Martin said. “We are in the process of checking buildings and infrastructure throughout the city, with no damage reported.”
In a statement posted to Twitter, Gov. Gary Herbert said the Utah Department of Health state lab is assessing damage, the poison control center has been evacuated and the Utah Coronavirus Taskforce hotline is down.
The Utah Department of Health has asked its employees to avoid entering the building, encouraging them to telecommute as they evaluate the safety of the building. Herbert has also asked that residents avoid the downtown Salt Lake City Area as crews assess damages.
The Utah Transportation Association also announced that all TRAX trains are halting services until further notice. Buses will continue operations as usual but might see some delays.
Countywide in Salt Lake County, officials are working to ensure traffic signals are functioning and working to limit dangers that resulted from the earthquake and its aftershocks, including gas leaks, power outages and vehicle collisions.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said that the Salt Lake Temple, currently under a multi-year renovation project that will in part add earthquake support under the temple, sustained minor damage. In addition the church has released this statement.
“No injuries have been reported to Church employees,”said Daniel Woodruff, church spokesman. “Until further notice, all Church headquarter facilities are closed to evaluate the safety of our buildings.”
Daniel Woodruff, church spokesman, added, “The trumpet on the Angel Moroni statue fell off, and there is minor displacement of some of the temple’s smaller spire stones. No workers were injured. Crews on the job site have been sent home for the day, and a full assessment is underway to determine needs going forward. This event emphasizes why this project is so necessary to preserve this historic building and create a safer environment for all our patrons and visitors.”
“Seek cover; move away from windows, tall file cabinets and other things that could fall; move under a desk, table or other heavy furniture and as it moves about, hold on, and move with it; move against a wall in the interior of the building, cover and protect yourself.”
When it comes to the hit show “American Idol,” there’s no denying the allure of success: From Kelly Clarkson to Carrie Underwood, Adam Lambert to Jennifer Hudson, some contestants don’t even have to win to skyrocket to stardom, proving the show is a solid stage for the chance to further a career in music and gain visibility on a national and even international level.
But when it comes to actually stepping up and auditioning for the hit ABC show, Provo resident Jordan Moyes — whose run on Season 18 came to a close with Sunday night’s episode — will be the first to tell you things aren’t always as they seem.
For example, during Moyes’ audition, which happened in Salt Lake City in late summer 2019 and just aired last week, the positive comments streaming from the celebrity judges, including Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan, were entirely on the peripheral.
“The audition itself was very, just kind of surreal, I think,” Moyes said in an interview with the Daily Herald on Friday. “Once the process started, I knew I was going to be auditioning in front of the judges, but time was moving really slowly, and I was anxious to get in there and do my thing, what I knew that I could do. Ultimately I was really excited.”
Moyes accompanied himself on acoustic guitar as he performed Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m on Fire,” and it didn’t take more than a moment for him to wow the judges.
“Chill bumps,” Perry said as Moyes performed, and soon after Bryan leaned over to Perry during the song and said, “I want to sign him right now!”
Those are things Moyes didn’t realize until watching the audition clip himself last week, though.
“A lot of the stuff they said as I was singing, I couldn’t hear,” he said. “I was standing quite a bit further from the table than people realize. The reactions I could only tell so much; I was in my own zone and I wasn’t aware of what was said until I watched it afterward on TV. It was a good surprise. I was nervous in there; anxious to hear what they think about it. You try to focus on what you’re doing and not get distracted.
“I think a lot of it just comes with experience,” Moyes said when asked about how he found his focus in such a high-pressure experience. “Another thing the judges did say that wasn’t shown on TV, Luke especially, said I was very seasoned in what I was doing and he could tell I had been doing it for awhile. I think really it just comes down to a deeply rooted love for it that has allowed me to kind of just spend as much time doing it as I can.”
According to Moyes, most of his free time is devoted to playing guitar and working on songs, making it a priority in his life and especially allowing himself to “invest” in it.
“It comes from a deeply rooted love and passion that I had before I loved anything else,” he said of his drive to practice and perform. “It’s something that just sort of stuck with me, especially when I started guitar.”
Moyes was only 5 or 6 at the time, but that didn’t hinder him from recognizing his passion.
“I think I just kind of knew, for whatever reason, at a young age, that I liked how it made me feel when I played music and made up different songs,” he said. “At some point I added the performance aspect into it … there were certain things I started getting back from it. Kind words from people that were listening and mostly just the way it made me feel; the emotional return I got from it.”
According to Moyes, performing for an audience brings the best kind of adrenaline and euphoria.
“When you’re really in a flow state on the stage, there’s something about it,” he said. “It just feels right. It just feels like what I’m supposed to do.”
Moyes’ family came to Provo from Phoenix, and he said the shift in perspective when it comes to music also made a big difference in his career.
“I moved up here and I think I was a little surprised at just how many people were performing,” he said. “In Provo, there are so many people just involved in music in any capacity they could be whether it was a career or something they were pursuing (because) they just loved to do it, and it was a hobby for them.”
The ample opportunities to perform at open mics and local venues spurred Moyes’ passion, and interacting with other local musicians offered inspiration.
“Meeting artists who are really, really talented — their music really inspired me and inspired my songwriting,” Moyes said. “Music is a big part of Provo in general. … I wanted to have a bigger role in that.”
As to taking his career to the TV screen with his short stint on “American Idol,” it’s something his mom, who passed away suddenly in 2018, hoped for a long time he’d consider.
Now that he took that leap, he said he enjoyed the opportunity to experience it with the rest of his family.
“It’s overwhelming and exciting to have them watch with me,” he said. “They’re just incredibly proud. It’s been fun for them to have their own friends reach out and contact them to say they saw me on TV or saw a news article, and it’s been a fun thing to just gather around and share in the excitement. I know we were all kind of equally anxious for when the audition was airing. It’s been fun to have them go through that. They’ve been on this entire ride with me, and it’s awesome.”
Moyes’ journey ended on Sunday night as a new feature of Hollywood Week was unveiled for the first time — the opportunity to perform for the judges in a duet with the partner of your choosing.
Moyes teamed with Franklin Boone of North Carolina for his time in front of the judges. Only a brief clip of the pair performing “Use Somebody” by Kings of Leon was shown.
Only Boone was selected to move on. Perry delivered the news at the end of their duet.
“Going forward, there’s only room for one of you,” Perry said. “Jordan, I’m sorry.”
Speaking on Friday, before the Sunday night reveal, Moyes said he was grateful for the opportunity “American Idol” provided him to share his music on a wider platform.
“You know, I was a musician, singer and songwriter before this show and I’ll continue to do this afterward, so anything that happens in between is just a big plus and a boost toward my career,” Moyes said.
With a new single coming out at the end of this month, Moyes said he’s hoping to continue building momentum as he pursues his dreams.
Nine more residents of Salt Lake County have contracted the new coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases in Utah’s most populated county to 14, health officials said Saturday.
The state did not give further details about the person in Utah County who contracted the disease.
All of the new cases in Salt Lake County are linked to travel or contact with a person who has the virus, the Salt Lake County Health Department said in a statement.
The department said it “doesn’t believe any of the cases are a result of local transmission in Salt Lake County.”
Eleven of the 14 cases are adults over the age of 18 and three are children, the department said.
Two of the infected children attended school while they had the virus. Two schools are potentially affected: Hunter High School in West Valley City and Entheos Academy, a charter school with campuses in Magna and Kearns, the department said.
The department said it has instructed students and staff of both schools to quarantine at home until March 27 and monitor themselves for symptoms, which include cough, fever and shortness of breath.
On Friday, state officials said Utah will close most public school functions starting Monday to reduce the risk of spreading the virus, though doors will stay open to help families who need things like tutoring and meals.
Gov. Gary Herbert said the plan is for learning to move online or through packets sent home, with each district devising its own plans soon.
For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. In older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness.
The vast majority of people recover from the new virus.
Below are the latest cancellations and closures in Utah County in relation to the spread of COVID-19:
Closures, cancellations as of March 16
- Eagle Mountain City is canceling the city's Easter Egg Hunt scheduled for April 11 and will postpone the Community Cleanup until further notice.
-The Stadium Cinemas theater will close after the 7 p.m. showing Monday evening.
- The Miss Santaquin Pageant has been postponed. A future date will be announced.
- The Santaquin Library is closed to resident access. Starting Tuesday, March 17, curbside pickup will be available from 1-6 p.m on weekdays and 10 a.m.-1:45 p.m. on Saturdays.
- All sports leagues in Santaquin will be postponed for two weeks.
As of March 16, all Utah County Commission meetings will be accessed via the Utah County YouTube channel. Public comment will be available through dial-in, according to a press release. Information about dialing in will be listed on utahcounty.gov.
In the press release, the commission strongly encouraged that residents access county services online, by email or by phone, if they are able to do so.
Changes in access to various county facilities will be posted throughout the respective buildings, the press release said.
Outside Utah County
All LDS Church historic sites are closed. This includes the following locations: Cove Fort Historic Site, Joseph Smith Birthplace Memorial, Kanesville Tabernacle, Kirtland historic sites, Missouri historic sites, Mormon Trail Center at Historic Winter Quarters, Nauvoo historic site and Carthage Jail, New York historic sites, Pennsylvania historic sites, San Diego Mormon Battalion Historic Site, St. George area historic sites, Mormon Handcart Historic Site in Wyoming. At some places, such as the Sacred Grove, the grounds will remain open so visitors can walk through. However, guided tours will not be provided at these locations.
Closures, cancellations as of March 14
Classes at BYU are canceled for March 13-17. All classes resuming March 18 will be done through remote instruction. Students are encouraged to consider leaving campus and returning home.
BYU’s commencement and convocation services for April have been canceled.
BYU’s devotionals and forum addresses for the semester have been canceled.
All BYU athletic events at BYU’s campus have been suspended.
All gatherings and performances, concerts, public lectures and conferences on campus at BYU have been canceled.
BYU’s Women’s Conference scheduled for April 30-May 1 will not be held on campus. Streaming options may be available.
Starting March 23, Utah Valley University will offer most if its classes in an online format for the duration of spring semester.
All university-sponsored events, conferences and large gatherings between March 16 and May 1 will be postponed or canceled.
All non-essential university-related travel will be canceled.
Alpine School District
The Alpine School District will adjust hours on March 16-17 to allow teachers time to train for potential need for online learning. Monday and Tuesday will operate on minimal day hours and will have early release times. Preschool and kindergarten will not be held.
Starting Monday, March 16, all Utah High School Activities Association spring activities are suspended for at least two weeks.
Provo Missionary Training Center
Missionaries scheduled to enter the Provo Missionary Training Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be trained remotely as a temporary measure.
The Provo City Senior Center is closed and senior group activities and services are canceled effective immediately. Provo officials say all closures will be re-evaluated on a day-to-day basis.
All programs designated for kids aged 6 and under and senior adults at the Provo Recreation Center, The Peaks Ice Arena and the Covey Center for the Arts are suspended. this includes senior pass-related activities and classes, Elder Quest, Senior Lunch, swim lessons, child watch, youth community classes, sports programming and dance programming.
-All city-sponsored performances at Covey Center for the Arts and all city-sponsored group activities at the Provo Library at Academy Square will start March 13. Any previously contracted private events at city facilities will be evaluated on an individual basis with private parties.
-All public events on the current calendar through March 31 are cancelled or postponed including Orem Public Library events, theCensus 2020 kickoff and the Senior Center Grammys.
-The March 18 Planning Commission and March 31 City Council meeting will be electronic meetings.
- There will be a soft closure for the Orem City Center, Public Safety, Orem City Center, Public Safety Building, Fire Stations, Public Works and associated facilities. These buildings will be open for city business, however, residents, contractors, tour groups, student classes, patrons, etc., will be encouraged to work with the city during this period in a way other than in person.
- The Orem Library, Orem Senior Friendship Center and the Orem Fitness Center (downstairs in the Senior Center) are closed through March 31.
- All sports programming and leagues under the direct control of the City of Orem will be postponed until after March 31. This does not include programs under the leadership of Orem Youth Baseball, Orem Youth Soccer, etc., as the governance of these co-sponsored groups are not with the City of Orem.
Lehi City will be closing all public programs for the next two weeks, including programs at the Lehi Library, Lehi Literacy Center, Lehi Senior Center, Legacy Center, youth community classes, sports programming and dance programming.
- The Pleasant Grove Senior Center will close on Monday, March 16 for two weeks.
- The Pleasant Grove Recreation Center and Pleasant Grove Library will close at 4 p.m. on Friday, March 13 through March 30. All recreation and library programs and events will be postponed.
- The American Fork Fitness Center is closed as of Friday, March 13, including all programs, classes, activities.
- All American Fork outdoor recreation programs will be postponed starting March 13.
- All activities and reservations at the American Fork Senior Center will be canceled starting March 13, but meals will still be offered for qualifying seniors.
- The American Fork Library will be canceling all scheduled programming and room reservations as of March 13, but the library will remain open.
- All scheduled tours of the American Fork police and fire stations are canceled.
- The Eagle Mountain Public Library will close starting Saturday, March 14 until further notice.
- All activities, including the meal service program, will be canceled for Eagle Mountain Senior Citizens until further notice.
-The Miss Eagle Mountain Pageant scheduled for March 14 has been postponed and tentatively rescheduled for May 23.
- The remainder of the Jr. Jazz season in Eagle Mountain has been canceled.
- All recreation programs in Saratoga Springs will be postponed starting March 16. The Jr. Jazz Championship on March 14 will continue.
- The Saratoga Springs Library will remain open for check-out through Friday, March 13, but will close on March 14. Limited check-out service will be available starting March 16.
- All city-sponsored events are canceled or postponed until further notice.
- The Lindon City Senior Center will close effective Monday, March 16 and will remain closed until the end of the month.
- All sports and recreation programs, classes, events and rentals are postponed through March 31.
- Fingerprinting services at the Lindon City Police Department will not be provided through the end of the month.
- The Springville Senior Center is closed, and Clyde Recreation Center programs for seniors are canceled.
- Springville Library and Springville Museum of Art programs anticipating more than 100 attendees are on hiatus until further notice.
- Santaquin is suspending all programming for senior citizens and child care its recreation facility. All other recreation programs will continue.
- The Storytime Program at the Santaquin Library will be suspended.
- All activities at the Spanish Fork Senior Center will be canceled, including classes, programs and lunches.
- The animal Vaccination and Licensing Clinic scheduled for Saturday, March 14 is postponed until a later date.
- The Spanish Fork Youth Theatre's production of "Frozen Jr." scheduled for March 24-28 is postponed.
- The Parks and Recreation Master Plan Public Meeting scheduled for Monday, March 16 is postponed.
Hale Center Theater Orem
All performances between March 16 and March 28 have been canceled. Additional performances of ‘Matilda’ will be added March 30, April 2, April 6 and April 9.
The Ag Day Celebration scheduled for March 14 and the Dino Day scheduled for March 28 have been postponed.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced the cancellation of all church meetings effective immediately until further notice. This includes Sunday church worship services and activities.
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Provo
All church-related meetings and classes have been canceled through the end of March, at which point a re-evaluation will take place and worship plans will be updated and shared.
St. Peters Catholic Church, American Fork
Due to concerns over the COVID-19 virus, all meetings have been canceled until the end of March. Meetings will be re-evaluated at that time.
American Fork Presbyterian Church
American Fork Presbyterian is a small congregation and will meet March 15. Church leaders are encouraging their older members to take caution. The church is anticipating streaming service remotely.
Beginning Wednesday, March 18, Deseret Industries stores will be temporarily closed to the general public for shopping and donations but will remain open to support the needs of individuals served by bishops’ orders and community partner grants.