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:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center
- Salt Lake County Health Department
- Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)
- University of Utah Health
- Granite School District
STAY SAFE. STAY HOME.
state and federal plans
Salt Lake County: Stay Safe. Stay Home.--March 29, 2020
Governor Herbert’s Utah Leads Together Plan--March 24, 2020
Federal Stimulus Package--March 27, 2020
What is COVID-19?
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Are there confirmed cases in utah?
Yes. The map below shows the states with confirmed cases of COVID-19. Click the map to view the CDC’s most updated version.
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.
how does COVID-19 impact drinking water?
The short answer is COVID-19 does NOT impact your drinking water. Please read the following statements from the Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities (SLCDPU) and Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ):
People may react to news of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) by purchasing large quantities of bottled water. While our City recommends keeping a 4-day supply of bottled water for an emergency kit in case of a natural disaster, it is not necessary to purchase bottled water to prepare for COVID-19. Salt Lake City drinking water from the tap is safe, reliable, economical, and meets or exceeds all federal and state safe drinking water standards.
Much information is circulating about transmission and spread of the COVID-19 outbreak. Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities (SLCDPU) serves more than 360,000 residents with drinking water. We want to assure them that the drinking water supply is safe. It is vital to emphasize that data from the Centers for Disease Control, and both the Utah and Salt Lake County Health Departments has determined the virus is transmitted by air and spread person-to-person. There is no data to suggest water-borne transmission.
“Drinking water treatment and disinfection has effectively protected Utah’s population for many decades. These protections will safeguard residents against drinking-water-borne viral infections—including coronavirus,” says Marie Owens, Director of DEQ’s Division of Drinking Water. “There is no need for residents to stock up on surplus bottled water in preparation for a potential outbreak of coronavirus."
What supplies do I need?
- Make sure you have over-the-counter medicines and medical supplies (like tissues) to treat fever and other symptoms. Most people will be able to recover from COVID-19 at home.
- Have enough household items and groceries on hand so that you will be prepared to stay at home for a period of time.
- For information on access to food pantries, click here
If you’re feeling ill, a surgical-type face mask can help prevent your respiratory droplets from getting out into the environment and making others sick. But surgical masks DO NOT prevent you from inhaling airborne germs—so if you’re feeling well they are not especially useful for keeping you from getting sick. Save the mask for when you’re sick and have to leave home for medical care or an emergency.
Wearing an N95 respirator mask can help keep germs out, but an N95 respirator mask must be individually fit-tested to you and worn correctly. Currently, N95 respirator masks should be reserved for specific people who are at the greatest risk, such as health care professionals working with an infectious patient; widespread public use is unnecessary.
There is no need to stock up on surplus toilet paper, bottled water, or surgical masks.
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.
- Clean your hands often
- 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
- Pay attention for potential COVID-19 symptoms including, fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you feel like you are developing symptoms, call your doctor.
- If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. In adults, emergency warning signs include*:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
*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
Granite School District has extended student dismissal through May 1st. Click here Version OptionsCoronavirus InformationHeadline School Closures School Closures School Closures School Closuresfor more information.
How can I help those at risk?
- The BEST thing you can do is to stay at home. If you have to leave your house for essential business, please ensure you are practicing social distancing by keeping 6 feet away from others at all times.
- Click here Version OptionsCoronavirus InformationHeadline How can I help those at risk? How can I help those at risk? How can I help those at risk? to download the Hello Neighbor form. This is a simple sheet you can fill out and leave on your neighbors’ door to let them know you’re willing to help.
- Ask your local hospital if they have any need for volunteers. Please call beforehand, do not walk in.