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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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We’re Working Together to Turn the Dial on Economic Recovery

Post Date:05/08/2020

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We’re Working Together to Turn the Dial on Economic Recovery

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a wide-reaching impact on all aspects of society, and each of us has been affected by it in some way. As we continue through this pandemic, there are two common lenses through which it is often reported or discussed: public health and the economy. The State has published a plan to help guide the process of economic reactivation. Known as the Utah Leads Together plan, it is a roadmap that seeks to guide the state into a reactivation of the economy, while taking care to ensure that all public health measures are taken to properly slow the spread of COVID-19 before prematurely rushing back to economic activity. The plan, and the State’s economic decisions, are based on public health data, and its goals for the phased reopening of the local economy are predicated on meeting public health benchmarks that indicate a slowing spread of the virus. As the economy reopens, it will not all be at once. Like slowly turning a dial, we will see a gradual transition back into economic activity, while continuing to closely monitor health data and ensure the public’s health with every turn.

                A return to full economic activity will take time. So far, the economic impact has been significant, and it is likely that every business in our community has been affected in some way. Businesses and their employees are experiencing hardships unlike many have ever seen. While the full duration and extent of the pandemic and its effect on the economy are yet unknown, local, state, and federal officials have been working around the clock to secure and make resources available to individuals and businesses most impacted by the pandemic. With so many efforts taking place, and things happening so quickly, available resources and up-to-date information can be difficult to keep track of. The following is a short list of recommended resources that can be used to stay up-to-date on the current state of the local economy and resources available to assist:

  • State of Utah – The State of Utah has created a website (coronavirus.utah.gov) that provides up-to-date information related to all aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes the Utah Leads Together Plan, current public health data, and local, state, and federal resources available to everyone affected by the pandemic

  • Salt Lake County Business Resource Hotline385-468-4011 – Salt Lake County has launched a business relief hotline that all residents and businesses within the county can call for direct support for overwhelmed businesses

  • Utah Bankers Association – The Utah Bankers Association website (utah.bank) is a great source of information that provides financial resources for all Utahns affected by the pandemic, whether individuals, small businesses, or large businesses. It also includes helpful guidance on which banks are participating in various lending programs, and known frauds or scams to be aware of

As a city, we are working hard to provide all necessary information and resources to all residents and businesses. During this difficult time, it is important to remember that we are all in this together. We must take proper public health precautions to ensure a quick but safe return to the strong economy that we are used to.

 

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