Top 5 weekend stories on St. George News

In this March 2020 file photo, Washington County Commissioner Victor Iverson speaks to St. George News about the county's state of emergency declaration. On June 20, Iverson told St. George News he would "never wear a mask." St. George, Utah, March 20, 2020 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — In case you missed it, here is your weekend recap of the top five most viewed stories published on St. George News from Saturday and Sunday, March 21-22.

See the related stories at the bottom of this page for five honorable mention stories.

First COVID-19 positive test diagnosed in Southern Utah

Stock photo of nurse holding test tube with blood for 2019-nCoV analyzing | Photo by
photoguns/iStock/Getty Images Plus, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — The Southwest Utah Public Health Department has confirmed the first case of a person being diagnosed in Southern Utah with a positive test of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Because of confidentiality, the department is only identifying the person as an adult. They did not specify age or gender.

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Washington County declares state of emergency due to COVID-19

The Washington County Commission chambers, St. George, Utah, March 20, 2020 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — The Washington County Commission declared a state of emergency Friday regarding the impact the coronavirus pandemic is having on the county.

“What we did today is took care of declaring a countywide state of emergency in regards to our economic conditions and some of the resulting impact the county will be facing,” Washington County Commissioner Victor Iverson said Friday.

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‘We feel absolutely abandoned’; St. George couple stranded in Peru after COVID-19 border closures

Police in Lima, Peru on March 13 two days before after a nationwide self-quarantine and curfew went into effect in the country. A St. George couple was stranded in the country after the borders were closed. | Photo courtesy Brad Dallof, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Brad and Jodi Dallof thought they were a world away from the COVID-19 pandemic when the retired St. George couple traveled to Peru March 12 to see the 15th century Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.

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‘We just get by’; Coronavirus hits home

Undated photo illustration | Photo by
Gilnature/iStock/Getty Inages Plus, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Although there has not yet been any diagnosis of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Washington County, that doesn’t mean the outbreak hasn’t had its effects locally.

Based on several telephone interviews with the St. George News via a social media outreach, people are concerned and compassionate but resolute in their determination to endure. Still, people are scared.

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First COVID-19 death in Utah; Health officials contact those exposed to positive patient in Southern Utah

A Co-Diagnostics COVID-19 testing kit is pictured in Salt Lake City, Utah on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. | Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred/The Deseret News via Associated Press, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A day after the first positive COVID-19 test in Washington County was announced, the Utah Department of Health reported the first death in the state as a result of the virus: a man “older than 60” in Davis County, which is in the northern portion of the Salt Lake City metropolitan area. 

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The top five honorable mention stories can be found below in the related stories.

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