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:
Stay smart, Stay safe--wear a mask
The COVID-19 vaccine is being distributed by the Salt Lake County Health Department. Below is the most recent information from the Salt Lake County Health Department on vaccine distribution. Please continually check https://slco.org/health/COVID-19/vaccine/ for the most updated vaccine information for Salt Lake County.
"Several people with appointments at the Mountain America Expo Center on January 20, 21, 22, and 23 have told us that they may not have received their appointment confirmation text and/or email, so we have re-sent those confirmation to everyone with an appointment at that location on those dates.
If you received a text or email with your appointment details and check-in barcode, it is simply a confirmation of your appointment and we look forward to seeing you then."
- Utahns 70 and Older: We have allocated all vaccine doses we are expecting through February 27. Sign up to be notified when COVID vaccine appointment are available again. If you have an appointment but are unable to drive yourself or independently arrange transportation for yourself, please call us at 385-468-4636 and we will assist you in getting to your appointment.
- Healthcare Workers: An appointment and proof of being a healthcare worker is REQUIRED. Please be sure to use the correct link below.
- Second Doses: We anticipate opening scheduling for second doses for people who are not healthcare workers near the end of the week of January 18. You may only schedule your second dose AFTER you've received your first dose.
- School Staff in Salt Lake County are eligible to be vaccinated by Community Nursing Services (CNS) through their school or district. Click here for information from CNS about when each district is scheduled .
state and federal plans
- Governor Herbert's State of Emergency--November 9, 2020
- Governor Herbert's Utah Leads Together--June 17, 2020
- Salt Lake County: Stay Smart. Stay Safe.--updated June 12, 2020
- Governor Herbert’s "Stay Safe, Stay Home" Directive--March 27, 2020
- Governor Herbert’s Utah Leads Together Plan--March 24, 2020
- Federal Stimulus Package--March 27, 2020
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.
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?
- 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
- The CDC and state leaders now require that everyone wear face coverings when out in public. If you do not have access to a mask, you can receive a free mask HERE.
- FAQs and instructions on how to make and maintain your own face covering can be found here.
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:
- If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. In adults, emergency warning signs include*:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- 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?
- 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 How can I help those at risk? How can I help those at risk? How can I help those at risk? How can I help those at risk? How can I help those at risk? How can I help those at risk? How can I help those at risk? How can I help those at risk? 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.
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.