Coronavirus Information

Overview

This page is intended to be a one-stop-shop for the most updated information on the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). We have received the following information from local and nationwide organizations that are closely monitoring the disease. For further questions about COVID-19 and for the most current information, please refer to the following sources:

Herbert Exec. Order 11.8.20

Stay smart, Stay safe--wear a mask

state and federal plans

A letter from Mayor Silvestrini to Governor Herbert (June 25, 2020):

Dear Governor Herbert:

I am supportive of Salt Lake County Mayor Wilson’s request to allow Salt Lake County to mandate the use of masks in public places and gatherings, particularly indoors, and I request that you authorize her to do so. I do this with the support of a majority of the Millcreek City Council.

While I had hoped, I think like you, that strong encouragement of wearing masks as a considerate act to protect our neighbors and those most vulnerable among us would be successful, I have witnessed far too many people failing to be considerate in my city. Further, we have seen the incidence of positive tests accelerate in nearly every zip code in Millcreek. My mental shift from advocating for strong encouragement alone occurred when I had a Millcreek business owner ask me to declare a mandate, as he was reluctant to enforce one for his own business for fear of alienating customers in favor of his competition. He indicated he had faced hostility for attempting to require them. He told me it  was the role of government to insure even application of a rule. I think he may be correct and that more people would wear masks if they understood they were mandated, even though we probably would never want to cite someone for a violation. For these reasons, I support firmer governmental action to require masks. Thank you for considering this request.  We shouldn’t have to  do this, but I have concluded that it is necessary for the greater good.

Very truly yours, Jeff Silvestrini

HOW MANY CASES ARE in utah?

The map below shows the states with confirmed cases of COVID-19. Click the map to view the CDC’s most updated version.

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USA Covid Map

How many People can attend a casual social gathering?

Casual social gatherings are defined by the State of Utah as gatherings with friends or family "not including formal religious services or events with organizational oversight." Per Governor Herbert's Executive Order (November 8, 2020), gatherings are limited to the same household ONLY.  Casual social gatherings are prohibited from November 8, 2020 - November 22, 2020.

Who is at risk?

According to the CDC, older adults and people who have severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung, or kidney disease seem to be at higher risk for more serious COVID-19 illness. Older people may be twice as likely to have serious COVID-19 illness. However, COVID-19 can have serious complications for people of all ages.

What supplies do I need?

THERE IS NO NEED TO STOCK UP ON SURPLUS TOILET PAPER OR BOTTLED WATER.

Please be considerate when stocking up on hand soap and hand sanitizer--the best way to stop the spread of the virus ensuring that everyone has access to these items.

What can I do to Protect myself?

COVID-19 is transmitted through the air and person-to-person, so the best way to prevent the spread of the virus, and to protect yourself, is to follow basic hygiene. 

  • Wear a face mask in all public spaces.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, or having been in a public place.
  • If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • To the extent possible, avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places – elevator buttons, door handles, handrails, handshaking with people, etc. Use a tissue or your sleeve to cover your hand or finger if you must touch something.
  • Wash your hands after touching surfaces in public places.
  • Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes, etc.
  • Clean and disinfect your home to remove germs: practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (for example: tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks & cell phones)
  • Avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated spaces. Your risk of exposure to respiratory viruses like COVID-19 may increase in crowded, closed-in settings with little air circulation if there are people in the crowd who are sick.
  • Avoid all non-essential travel including plane trips, and especially avoid embarking on cruise ships.

What to do if you get sick

For a detailed list of symptoms and what to do if you get sick, please view the CDC’s guide on What to Do If You Are Sick. General guidelines are listed below:

Symptoms

  • If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. In adults, emergency warning signs include*:
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fever
    • Chills
    • Muscle pain
    • Sore throat
    • New loss of taste or smell

           *This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

If you feel like you have any of the symptoms and emergency warning signs:

  • Stay home and call your doctor
  • Call your healthcare provider and let them know about your symptoms. Tell them that you have or may have COVID-19. This will help them take care of you and keep other people from getting infected or exposed.
  • If you are not sick enough to be hospitalized, you can recover at home. Follow CDC instructions for how to take care of yourself at home.
  • Know when to get emergency help

Will school be in-person or online?

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How can I help those at risk?

rumor control

There are several rumors going around about the spread of COVID-19, testing, and law enforcement response. We encourage you to view FEMA’s Coronavirus Rumor Control page to dispel any rumors you may have heard.

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