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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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Going Orange: Some things to consider

Post Date:05/06/2020

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 Going Orange: Some things to consider

A letter from Cottonwood Heights Administrative Staff

The last two months are unlike any in our city’s history. Coronavirus concerns and the COVID-19 pandemic have changed the way we live our everyday lives. Businesses have shuttered, schools have closed their doors and thousands of people have been furloughed or lost their jobs. Times are challenging, to be certain. However, there are reassuring aspects of this crisis for our city and our state.  

As Utah continues to face this pandemic, we have seen encouraging signs and plenty of reasons to be optimistic. An early model from the National Guard estimated that by mid-April, Utah would have 9,600 total cases of COVID-19, with 1,200 hospitalizations. Instead, by the week of April 16, the state recorded 2,542 cases and 221 hospitalizations. 

"This is called flattening the curve and it shows that everything we are doing really is working," said Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, who leads the Utah Coronavirus Task Force. .  

In Utah, our number of positive tests and hospitalizations, as well as mortality and transmission, are all trending in the right direction. There have been days with single spikes in positive test numbers. However, overall, our state has begun to flatten the curve and plateau our positive cases. 

These numbers are encouraging, but we need people to continue to get tested. The state has the capacity to test 4,500 people per day, while the daily average has been less than half of that figure.  

Utah health officials expanded testing guidelines in April.  State health officials recommend anyone experiencing a fever, cough, shortness of breath, muscle aches, decreased sense of smell or taste, or sore throat to get tested. Rapid testing will only increase our ability to recover from this pandemic and jumpstart the economy. The more we can learn about the disease, the faster we will all be able to resume our lives.  

As we've moved into May, we are optimistic about our move into the next phase of the “Utah Leads Together” recovery plan led by Cox. We are currently in the "Orange" phase of the plan. We still have closures of businesses and a stay-at-home directive from state officials, however many businesses are cautiously taking the first steps to opening their doors. We are being very deliberate.  One such guideline is the avoidance of“super-spreader” events where large gatherings of people are enclosed for long periods of time.

Simply put, Orange is a moderate risk category. Yellow means low risk. And green indicates a new normal of risk where individuals can move about with full activity, but with a new caution toward COVID-19. Each level contains precautions that that both businesses and the general public need to take. “We’re about managing risk,” said Governor Gary Herbert. “There’s no belief that we can get to zero risk.” 

Eventually, we will move from stabilization to recovery and life will begin to feel more normal again. This pandemic has changed the course of our history. We encourage all our residents to heed the advice of state and county leaders. Get tested, keep following social distancing recommendations, and as our businesses open their doors, get out and appreciate the services they provide. 

Together we will get through this. 

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