March 27, 2020 Update from the Town Council Mayor

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Dear Bluff Community Members and Visitors,

This morning in the Task Force Phone Conference we were informed that San Juan County now has its first COVID-19 case. There was a “presumptive positive result” for an individual which means the test was positive for COVID-19. Steps are being taken for additional confirmation by the State of Utah and the result will be reported statistically as a San Juan County case.
By law, the identity of the person cannot be disclosed by the Public Health Department or any hospital or clinic. What is known is that the person is a male and he may under the age of 65.
The Bluff Town Council has been taking this seriously as evidenced by the council working with the Business Owners of Bluff, our EMS and fire department Chief, and town residents to put into place those safety precautions available to the town.
The San Juan Public Health Order that was issued today will be posted at the Post Office and the Bluff Community Center as well as on the town website (  The Order prohibits gatherings of more than ten individuals, prohibition of all dine-in food service, and requires “good social distancing.” While it does not include a “stay at home” component, it does emphasize that “preliminary evidence suggests that communities that are taking decisive actions are seeing significant reductions in morbidity and mortality compared to nations and communities that have delayed implementation of proven public health intervention strategies.”
The Bluff Town Council took its own action on Wednesday, March 25 to limit certain activities and services. The draft minutes from that meeting have been posted and the Town’s attorney is working on reducing our vote to written form. That will also be posted on the town website, the post office and the Bluff Community Center.
Be kind to each other during this time but follow all of the CDC guidelines for social distancing. To the extent possible, follow “stay at home” practices. If you experience COVID-19 symptoms, contact your healthcare provider.
Let’s work to keep our community safe.
Ann K. Leppanen
Mayor of Bluff and On Behalf of the Bluff Town Council

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