Community Responds to Coronavirus in Utah

Collaboration to prepare for and respond to COVID-19

Vernal, UT March 10, 2020 -Yes, Coronavirus has hit Utah.  So now what? Here is what you should know and do as we, as a community, respond to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) together. 

What you should know: 

  • The three confirmed cases in Utah are not linked and the infected individuals contracted COVID-19 outside of the state.  
  • There is no evidence of person-to-person transmission of COVID-19 within the state at this time.   
  • We have no cases or suspect cases within the tri-county area.  
  • We anticipate and are actively planning for transmission of COVID-19 within the state and the TriCounty area.  
  • If you or a family member are sick, CALL your healthcare provider or 1-800-456-7707 before going into any clinic, urgent care, or hospital for treatment.   
  • Older adults, 60 and up and those with pre-existing health conditions (heart disease, diabetes, lung disease, etc.) are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19 according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

What you should do: 

  • If you are well, 
    • Wash your hands regularly with water and soap for at least 20 seconds.
    • Avoid non-essential travel to any impacted areas
    • Avoid non-essential contact with people who are sick.  
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.  
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a household cleaning spray or wipe. 
  • If you are sick,
    • DO NOT go to work, school, church, or other social gatherings where you can spread your illness. 
    • Cover your cough and sneezes and wash your hands regularly.
    • Isolate yourself as much as possible until all symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) have stopped without assistance from any medications.
    • Get rest and stay hydrated. Most individuals with COVID-19 can recover at home.   
    • If any of your symptoms get worse CALL your healthcare provider or 1-800-456-7707 before going into any clinic, urgent care, or hospital.
  • Stay up-to-date on what is happing with the COVID-19 in Utah by visiting, 

What TriCounty Health & other community partners are doing: 

  • Meeting regularly (3-4 times a week) with the Utah Department of Health to monitor the evolving situation and to develop a coordinated response to COVID-19.  
    • Developing policies around isolation and quarantine specific to COVID-19. 
    • Developing policies around school closures and other social distancing measures specific to COVID-19.  
  • Meeting with school districts to discuss localized policies and plans for any potential school closures, if needed.  
  • Planning and collaborating with all local healthcare providers using current CDC recommended screening, testing, and treatment guidelines.
  • Presenting at Local Emergency Planning Committee and Chamber of Commerce meetings to encourage planning and preparedness in the local workforce.  
  • Offering training to local judges and attorneys to discuss the legalities of issuing legal orders for examination, treatment, isolation, and/or quarantine.  

 

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