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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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Summer Transitioning through COVID-19 Challenges

Post Date:05/29/2020

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Summer Transitioning through COVID-19 Challenges

By Cottonwood Heights Administrative Staff

 

Summer is here and sun is out. This year the beginning of the summer season has a different feel than what we are used to.  In normal years, we might take this time to plan a trip, or lounge by the pool. This summer we are focused on re-integrating our economy and maintaining our safety as we face the COVID-19 pandemic. In May, Governor Gary Herbert announced our shift into the low risk (yellow) phase of the Utah Leads Together Plan. This change has allowed many businesses to open their doors and increased the number of people allowed at public gatherings from 20 to 50.  As city staff and officials, , we want to continue to emphasize the importance of taking precautionary measures as we all return to our daily lives.  We strongly encourage social distancing and the use of masks whenever possible.  

 

The following information includes operational adjustments we are making to align with the state's Utah Leads Together Plan. we are taking extra precautions while encouraging our residents to do follow suit while enjoying the ability to shop and recreate responsibly. On May20th, Governor Herbert released the third iteration of the Utah Leads Together Plan which continues the efforts of Utahns to combat the pandemic. This version offers special instruction to at risk individuals, impacts to minority communities, and cultivating economic recovery.  

The pandemic has impacted the Utah economy in tremendous ways. The Governor’s office estimates that over 100,000 Utahns are either out of work or had their income significantly reduced during this crisis. Here in Cottonwood Heights we are addressing this impact, while also adjusting to a new economic reality. The Governor believes Utah also has the potential to, as the Economic Response Task Force calls it, “recover to better.” This includes a flourishing economy that provides expansive opportunities for all Utahns. We believe this is true in Cottonwood Heights. We have a strong infrastructure and many businesses that provide incredible services. We have information available on our website and our “Shop Safe Shop Local “initiative offers a great list of resources and services in Cottonwood Heights. Our business spotlight and restaurant guides are updated early and often. We encourage all to visit and take full advantage, both as business owners to market your services and as patrons wishing to take advantage.  

At City Hall, we maintained our city services throughout the pandemic, however our office hours of operation were adjusted due to the risk of spread of COVID-19. During the last week of May, we restored our office hours to our previous schedule of Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm but are doing this with social distancing measures in place. We encourage customers to continue to use our electronic services, and anyone who is experiencing symptoms of being sick should stay home.  

Our staff will wear masks when interacting with the public and we ask that patrons maintain distances of six feet and practice proper hygiene and handwashing techniques. We strongly encourage payment of any charges via credit card; payment by cash should be the last resort. Our staff will have gloves and sanitizer and will ensure all surfaces are cleaned and sanitized with disinfectant regularly.  

To get through this pandemic and re-engage our economy, there are tremendous responsibilities we must adhere to. These responsibilities includes adhering to directives and continue to social distance and follow all precautionary guidelines. Additionally, practicing proper distancing and hygiene, along with the use of face masks, is an important step to a more normalized life.  

We must also follow healthy habits. The following steps are proven to help immune systems and promote a better quality of life.  

•Get appropriate sleep; 

•Stay physically active; 

•Manage stress; 

•Drink plenty of fluids; 

•Eat nutritiously; 

•Stay home if you are ill; 

•Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly scrub with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds; 

•Avoid close contact with ill people; 

•Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the inside of your elbow; do not cough or sneeze into your hands; 

•A void touching your eyes, nose, or mouth; 

•A void sharing food and personal items; and 

•Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. 

If you have questions or comments about city operations, please contact the city at 801-944-7000, or visit our website at www.cottonwoodheights.utah.gov. If you would like more information about the Utah Leads Together plan please visit https://coronavirus.utah.gov/utah-leads-together/#3.0 

This pandemic will pass. In the meantime, let’s keep striving to do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  

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