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COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 is now classified as a pandemic, a global outbreak of disease. The virus that causes COVID-19 is infecting people and spreading easily from person-to-person. On March 11, the COVID -19 outbreak was characterized as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). View the latest announcements.

Utah Leads Together is the plan the State of Utah is following for health and economic recovery. The current version, Utah Leads Together IV presents critical instructions for high-risk populations, addresses impacts to Utah’s multi-cultural community, and plants seeds for Utah’s ultimate recovery.

Beginning June 27th, Salt Lake County requires face coverings in retail and commercial establishments, restaurants while waiting to be seated and served, and at community gatherings. Here is a letter from Mayor Jenny Wilson discussing the change, and there is more information on the Salt Lake County website

There are many questions about how to re-open and what is required of businesses. Visit Salt Lake is working with ResPro to provide this guide on Prevention Guidelines and Best Practices for COVID-19: Phased Opening Guidelines for the Visitor Economy updated 06/15/2020  

This is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated here as it becomes available.

 

#SaltLakeStrong

Devastating circumstances require resourcefulness, optimism and generosity. As the tourism industry has been devastated by COVID-19 and the sacrifices it has required from all of us to keep our families, employees, communities and visitors safe, they have come together to offer initiatives to keep people well fed and inspired. Here is a sample of the ones in Salt Lake County.

Salt Lake County

(Announcements to local partners from Unified Command: Mayor Jenny Wilson, Gary Edwards, Clint Mecham)

August 6, 2020

Federal Stimulus Legislation: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Minority Leader Chuck Schumer continue their negotiations with White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on the next stimulus package. There are still legislative hurdles to overcome, despite concessions offered by both sides.  Clearly, passage of any legislation will require bipartisan support and perhaps unconventional alliances.

Politico reported yesterday that the White House allegedly offered either $150 billion or $200 billion worth of additional aid for State and local governments. However, no agreement has been secured and the overall amount of new federal relief for intergovernmental partners, if any, is still very much subject to change as negotiations continue.

Yesterday, the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM), sent a letter to President Trump requesting $250 billion in direct and flexible emergency assistance to cities of all sizes. The National League of Cities (NLC) warned, “If lawmakers don’t quickly pass another sizable rescue package that includes help to state and local governments and more income support to the unemployed, then the economy will suffer another downturn.”

Salt Lake County Cases and Face Coverings:  The health department will continue to monitor the correlation between face coverings and lower-case counts and the factors behind the decrease in testing countywide.

The CARES Act Fund reporting portal:  The data portal has been updated to include the changes based upon the OIG update from Friday, July 31st as well as those outlined in the original memorandum from July 2nd.   Please share the portal link and the August 15th due date with your financial staff responsible for filing the report. If you have any questions regarding CARES Act Funding,  please feel free to contact Lisa Hartman at 801-556-1151 or LHartman@slco.org.    

School Reopening in SLCo: Today, Dr. Dunn announced they are removing the recommendation that students and teachers be allowed to attend school or go to work while on quarantine.  Instead, they are recommending students and teachers follow standard quarantine procedures.  Any time somebody in a school is exposed to a confirmed case – defined as being within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes – that person should spend the 14-day quarantine period at home.  You can view the updated manual here.

 Following conversations with district superintendents on the ways SLCo could help school districts with school reopenings.  Mayor Jenny Wilson allocated 10 million dollars to the five different school districts across the county to buy personal protective equipment, upgrade technology, or increase cleaning and staffing as they prepare to resume classes later this month. The money comes from the federal CARES Act.

SLCo SBIG: The SBIG Program continues to accept applications from Round 2.  You can view the SBIG presentation, for the latest information shared Tuesday with the County Council. All business industries are now eligible to apply, as well as those who received other federal, state, or local COVID-19 aid. Those who received financial aid through CARES Act funding are eligible if their amount did not exceed $35,000.

The grant cannot be used for duplication of expenses in the same timeframe. It can be used for losses from March 16 to July 31. Applicants with questions are urged to call the County’s Business Relief Hotline, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m., at (385) 468-4011. Extensive FAQs are available online in multiple languages.  The application is open and accessible at slco.org/covid-19/.

Racial Equity and Inclusion Fund grant Program: Applications are being accepted for the Racial Equity and Inclusion Fund grants for community-based organizations (CBOs) to provide emergency support and financial assistance to disproportionately impacted communities.   Here’s a link to the program https://multicultural.utah.gov/racial-equity-fund/ .  Applications close on August 21st.

Previous Updates:

  • Please help us in communicating to businesses that sick employees should stay home.
     
  • Salt Lake County (SLCo) COVID-19 data portal.  The data portal can be found here. This portal offers summary by city information, comparison of population, percentages compared to the rest of the County, group housing cases, outbreak information, and recovery curve. 
     
  • FEMA federal disaster assistance is available to the state of Utah to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by an earthquake during the period of March 18 to April 17, 2020. Federal funding is available to affected individuals in Davis and Salt Lake counties. Residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated areas can apply for assistance by registering online at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA(3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired.  The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.
     
  • SLCo Health Department continues with its mobile hotspot testing events in communities disproportionately affected by COVID-19. These testing events are intended to temporarily supplement the more permanent test sites already offered in these areas.
     
  • SLCo is encouraging residents to donate food or money for those in need.  Individuals can use www.FeedUT.org to locate a nearby pantry to volunteer or donate money or food.
     
  • Please help us in communicating to businesses that sick employees should stay home.
     

Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns.
 

SLCo Parks and Recreation phased re-opening

​To ensure the safety of patrons and staff, each recreation facility will be operated under new modified operating procedures in compliance with current state health guidelines. All parks and recreation amenities will be subject to social distancing guidelines and dependent on the local status in the State’s plan.

Current Schedule of Openings

Monday, May 18
Playgrounds, dog parks, pickleball courts, skate parks, open fields, paths, and trails will be open with social distancing requirements in cities currently in the “Yellow” status of the Utah Together plan. Restrooms in parks will be open.

Friday, May 22
Wheeler Farm will be open with social distancing requirements in place. The Sunday Farmer’s Market will take place beginning June 7th with modified operations.

Saturday, May 23
Pavilions and athletic fields will be open in cities currently in the “Yellow” status of the Utah Together plan. Amenities will be open for reservations. Groups are required to follow health department guidelines. Restrooms in parks will be open.

Monday, June 1
Select recreation centers will begin opening with modified operations. Openings will be determined based upon staffing, and health order directives related to amenities. Availability of our facilities is contingent upon our response to the COVID-19 health emergency. Patrons are encouraged to contact our facilities to make reservations as drop-in visits will be limited and subject to availability.
County Ice Center - 5201 Murray Park Lane (385) 468-1650
Dimple Dell Recreation Center - 10670 South 1000 East (385) 468-3355
Fairmont Aquatic Center - 1044 Sugarmont Drive (385) 468-1540
JL Sorenson Recreation Center - 5350 West Main Street (385) 468-1340
Magna Recreation Center - 3270 South 8400 West (385) 468-1835
Millcreek Community Center - 2266 East Evergreen Avenue (385) 468-1380
Northwest Recreation Center - 1255 Clark Avenue (385) 468-1305
Salt Lake City Sports Complex - 645 South Guardsman Way (385) 468-1925
Taylorsville Recreation Center - 4948 South 2700 West (385) 468-1732

Wednesday, July 1
Target date to open Salt Lake County outdoor pools.

All six County-operated golf courses are open and operating under “Yellow” health directive status. All tee-times are reservation and pre-pay only.

We are still determining appropriate openings for our park splash pads, youth and adult sports programming, childcare, and summer camps. Thank you to our patrons for their continued patience as we work to provide our services in a safe and healthy manner.


 

Important Contact Information:

Salt Lake County: www.slco.org/covid-19/
Salt Lake County Health Department Hotline: 385-469-INFO (4236)

State of Utah: www.coronavirus.utah.gov

Federal: https://www.coronavirus.gov/

Coronavirus Info Line: 800-456-7707

Healthcare Workers: 888-374-8824

State Media Inquiries: 685-429-0015

Suicide and Mental Health: www.liveonutah.org

Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746

Salt Lake County Economic Development Business Hotline: 385-468-4011

SLCo Economic Impact Working Group Beta Dashboardhttps://slco.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=c07ef403435442909c7dc30c0da2b718.  

Language Resources: https://coronavirus.utah.gov/multilingual-resources/.

SLCo Intergovernmental Liaison (Ryan Perry): 801-541-0539, rperry@slco.org

 


Utah Health Department Update:

Aug 6, 2020 8:15 pm

Salt Lake County

Epidemiology:

  • Total Confirmed cases: 20,090
  • Tested: 224,694
  • Deaths: 186

Utah

Epidemiology:

Resources:

 

United States

Epidemiology:

Updates:

  • The CDC now recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings

 

Internationally

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For media inquiries, contact Shawn Stinson, 801-245-0106.​

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