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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 coronavirus.utah.gov. Additionally, the experts at the Salt Lake County Health Department have asked that community members reference www.cdc.gov 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

 

BACKGROUND

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 https://coronavirus.utah.gov/.

 

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COVID-19 Update from Intermountain Healthcare Alta View Hospital

Post Date:03/27/2020

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COVID-19 Update from Intermountain Healthcare 

Intermountain offers community testing sites

 

  • Intermountain has established 22 COVID-19 community testing sites from Burley to St. George.
  • The sites, located primarily at InstaCare locations, are intended to receive patients who have been directed by clinicians, physicians, or APPs to be tested.

 

 o   Community members are encouraged to stay home, self-isolate, and rest if they have very mild symptoms.

o   For worse symptoms, they should call the COVID-19 Hotline at 844-442-5224 and speak to a healthcare professional.

o   As directed by a healthcare professional from the hotline, they are also welcome to visit a nearby screening location

 

New COVID-19 Symptom Checker digital tool helps people assess risk, navigate care

 

  • Intermountain has launched a new COVID-19 Symptom Checker available to everyone and easily accessible on intermountainhealthcare.org.
  • This is an easy-to-use, digital tool to help people assess their symptoms and risk for COVID-19, and to navigate to the most appropriate care setting.
  • It uses a friendly AI-powered digital assistant named Scout to walk people through key questions related to their health status. The symptom checker also provides general information and answers common questions. 

 

Infection prevention director discusses visitor restrictions, why they’re so important

 

  • Cherie Frame, Intermountain’s infection prevention director, talks about visitor restrictions, why they were implemented, and how they’re going to help our communities stop the spread.
  • We invite you to watch the Facebook Live video.

  

Making face masks for hospitals and healthcare workers

We appreciate the generosity of so many in our community who are looking for ways to support the COVID-19 response. In particular, many have offered to donate homemade masks to local hospitals and clinics.

 

Intermountain Healthcare and University of Utah Health are working with several charitable organizations in the state to develop a process for the community to assist in producing medical grade masks. As soon as we have that process developed, we will share that information broadly and invite community volunteers to assist with producing those specific masks.

 

In the meantime, we encourage individuals who are making their own masks to share them with neighbors who could benefit from them. We’d also ask the community to not call the COVID-19 hotlines regarding donations, so that those resources remain available for individuals with medical needs.

Financial assistance and charity care

Low-income and uninsured people will be able to receive COVID-19 testing as needed following the current testing protocols/criteria.  Financial assistance including full charity care will continue to be available and applied as is currently in place.  All charges for testing will be held to ensure appropriate processing for financial assistance. Please encourage anyone concerned to apply.

  

Resources for up-to-date information about COVID-19

 

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