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Dear Residents of Cottonwood Heights,

Following the March 12 announcement and recommendation from Governor Gary R. Herbert, we want to reassure you that Cottonwood Heights has emergency management policies and procedures in place to address the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The City Administrative Staff and Council Members are prepared to take necessary actions towards maintaining daily operations with priority on public safety.

As the events of the next few weeks unfold, we want to emphasize that we do not anticipate any interruption of city services, although some might need to be altered in the way we provide them. Cottonwood Heights Police and Unified Fire have always kept public safety as their top priority, and that will never change. Our Police department will continue to be proactive in responding to calls and addressing the needs of our residents.

We highly encourage you to work with us via email or telephone. Our staff is available via email and telephone during business hours and our police department is on duty 24 hours a day. If you feel that you need to meet in person, we encourage precautionary measures such as keeping a safe distance of at least six feet from others.

We ask that each of our residents and visitors respect our efforts and follow the hygiene recommendations listed below to combat this and many other viral threats. It is of paramount importance that citizens be educated and proactive in measures that can slow the spread of COVID19 in our community. Key public prevention measures include:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who is experiencing flu-like symptoms
  • Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes
  • If you are experiencing symptoms, stay home

We recommend and encourage residents to opt out of attending large mass gatherings. As a city we have made the determination to postpone mass gatherings and most public functions. We additionally encourage residents to practice social distancing to reduce the potential spreading of the virus.

It is critically important that residents use 911 for emergencies only. If you develop a cough, fever, or difficulty breathing and have traveled recently with a widespread outbreak of COVID-19, you should consult traveler’s guidance information from the Centers for Disease (CDC). This content is regularly monitored and updated. As always, you should consult your primary care provider or local clinic directly with questions regarding your own health.

If you have questions about COVID-19 the Utah Department of Health has established a hotline at 1-800-456-7707 and has information on their website Additionally, the experts at the Salt Lake County Health Department have asked that community members reference for information.

We can assure you that we will continue to respond to your emergencies and will conduct daily operations for our residents and businesses.


Cottonwood Heights City is committed to the community and response during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Respectfully yours,

Mike Peterson

Mayor Mike Peterson



Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people and others circulating among animals including camels, cats and bats. Based on other coronaviruses, people infected with COVID-19 should be considered to be contagious from the day of fever onset until 10 days after fever ends, or until appropriate laboratory testing shows the patient is no longer contagious. Coronaviruses typically have an incubation period of 2‒14 days after exposure. The specific incubation period for this coronavirus is unknown. More information can be found at


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Can we have a talk about earthquake anxiety?

Post Date:03/24/2020

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The state of Utah is developing a specific website with earthquake information, but this will act as a placeholder for now

Can we have a talk about earthquake anxiety?

This is dedicated to all of our friends, old and new, who have been reaching out to us in direct messages and through comments.

We want to send you our love and compassion.

Have you, or anyone you know, felt any of these after the Wednesday earthquake or any of its aftershocks?
• sleeplessness
• nervousness
• lack of focus
• “phantom” earthquakes
• endless questions and wondering

If you answered yes, you may have anxiety.
You need to know this is completely normal. You are not alone.

Read the rest and share with your friends who may need the discussion on our Twitter thread here or on our Facebook page here.

Consider the Disaster Distress Helpline
Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Is FEMA coming?
It’s too early to know if there will be any direct federal assistance to homeowners or businesses? State and local officials are conducting damage assessments now.

Where do I report damage to my home or business?
Please contact your city building official or building inspector.
You may need to contact your homeowners insurance provider if you have earthquake insurance. However, earthquake damage is not covered by your regular homeowners policy.

Are more earthquakes going to happen?
Yes, since March 18, there have been more than 334 aftershocks since the original earthquake. We expect aftershocks to continue for days or weeks. But an earthquake larger than 5.7 happening in the Magna area is extremely unlikely.

Is a magnitude 9.0 earthquake going to happen?
No. Utah’s faults are not large enough to generate a magnitude 9.0 earthquake. The largest we currently expect in Utah is a magnitude 7 to 7.5. 

How do I prepare for earthquakes?
Visit and click the earthquake tab. 

Where can I get more information?
Search for UtahEmergency on Twitter of Facebook

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