WEST JORDAN CORONAVIRUS UPDATES
In coordination and cooperation with State and County leaders, The City of West Jordan is following mask mandate guidelines, adhering that masks be worn in all city facilities and at city events.
LOCAL COVID-19 NEWS
West Jordan Social Distancing Plan - March 13
Salt Lake County Mask Mandate - June 26
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Governor Gary Herbert and Utah Department of Health update Quarantine Protocols to follow latest CDC announcement
Dec. 3, 2020
“The next 45 to 60 days may be the toughest stretch of all, as we see case rates go up.”
Governor Gary Herbert gave this warning as he held his first news conference since the Thanksgiving holiday, today.
Announcing more than 4,000 new cases in the state, the Governor is reminding everyone to limit their time with people outside their household and continue wearing masks.
“The week of Thanksgiving we did see slower case numbers, people changed their plans to follow recommendations for smaller gatherings. Now case numbers are starting to go back up.”
State Epidemiologist, Dr. Angela Dunn, said our new cases had been falling steadily before Thanksgiving. Now, just days later, those numbers have been increasing.
“Immediately following Thanksgiving, we saw some really encouraging numbers with some of our daily case counts being under 2,000 however, that trend has not held,” explained Dunn.
This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidelines when it comes to how much time an individual needs to spend in quarantine following an exposure to the virus, or a potential exposure to the virus. Today, the state announced it is also following those changes.
The Utah Department of health is now allowing individuals to end quarantine after 10 days instead of 14 days.
What this means for you:
You must quarantine for at least 10 days after exposure. You can be tested on day 7 of quarantine and if you test negative, and aren’t experiencing any symptoms, you can end your quarantine early.
If you live with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 you need to quarantine for 10 days. You are advised to not end your quarantine before day 10, even if you test negative. In some cases, you may have to quarantine even longer – as every time you come into close contact with the person who tested positive, the 10-day quarantine starts over.
If you are exposed to someone who has tested positive, you must quarantine for at least 7 days even if you and that person were both wearing masks at the time of the exposure. While masks significantly decrease your chances of contracting the virus, social distancing measures must still be in place. It’s important to wear masks and stay at least 6-feet apart.
Governor Herbert ended his speech talking about those who are most vulnerable to the virus.
“We are continuing to spread the disease to people who cannot handle the serious effects. The older you are, the more severe the reaction. 76-percent of all our deaths are those over the age of 65. That’s about 400 sets of grandparents that we have lost. That is a tragedy for a state that considers itself family oriented and family friendly.”
11/19/2020 - Today, Governor Gary Herbert announced recommendations for Utahns looking to celebrate the holidays with their families as COVID-19 cases continue to rise.
During the Governor’s monthly news conference, he said the state isn’t looking to cancel your holiday plans – but to modify them.
“In order to have the safest holiday gathering possible, you should in fact gather with only those members of your own household,” said Governor Herbert. “You should require that people wear masks and social distance. If you have people that are sick, they obviously shouldn't come, if they've been exposed to COVID-19, they shouldn't come, if they tested positive, they shouldn't come.”
The Governor went on to say that casual, small gatherings are one of the primary spreaders of the virus in Utah.
“We’re giving you good health care recommendations. This is what the science tells us. We’ve had the order about limiting your social gatherings to just members of your family or members of your household. That will be expiring this coming Monday,” Herbert said.
On November 10, the Governor announced eight executive public health orders including a mask mandate. Today, he announced that specific mandate will extend past November 23.
The Salt Lake County Health Department says the best way to protect yourself and others from the virus, is to stay home.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention is also recommending that families stay home and avoid traveling for Thanksgiving. To read their guidelines visit:
THE HOLIDAYS AND THE CORONAVIRUS - GOVERNOR HERBERT ANNOUNCES STATE RECOMMENDATIONS
COVID-19 Update Sept. 17, 2020
Highlights from Governor Herbert's News Conference:
+ With 911 new cases, today was the highest single-day count since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in Utah.
+ Gov. Herbert is meeting with state doctors, stake-holders to discuss next steps.
+ The Governor asks that Utahns continue to be vigilant; wear a mask in public and social distance.
+ State is looking to increase opportunities for Utahn's to get tested.
"We are opening up testing to anyone who wants to be tested, even those who are not experiencing any symptoms,” explained Governor Herbert. “We would like to not have the cost of the test inhibit anyone’s abilities to get tested.”
GOVERNOR MANDATES FACE MASKS BE WORN IN ALL K-12 SCHOOLS AND BUSES
July 9, 2020
Governor Gary Herbert and State Epidemiologist Angela Dunn held another news conference this afternoon. Here are the highlights from the event:
- Governor Gary Herbert announced that when K-12 kids go back to school, they will be required to wear a face mask while in the building or on the bus. The same rule goes for faculty, staff, and visitors.
- Doctor Dunn announced GPS tracking and bluetooth have been taken off the 'Healthy Together' app, a free app that provides resources on COVID-19 testing sites, symptoms, and test results.
SALT LAKE CO. MASK MANDATE
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Face Coverings now Required in Salt Lake County - City of West Jordan Following Guidelines
Salt Lake County’s request to require face coverings in the county has been granted and will go into effect (June 26) TONIGHT at midnight (12AM Saturday morning), and extends through August. West Jordan will follow the direction of State and County health leaders.
In Salt Lake County face coverings will be required:
- At public gatherings, indoor or out, where consistent social distancing is not possible.
- While waiting outside or inside retail and other public locations, including bars and restaurants until seated.
Face coverings will NOT be required:
- Outdoors when social distancing is maintained.
- On a person with a health condition exacerbated by a face covering.
- On children under 2-years-old.
- In circumstances not reasonably conducive to wearing a face covering. (i.e. while swimming or engaging in strenuous physical activity.)
Visit westjordan.utah.gov/newsroom for more information.
For any questions regarding this mandate please reach out to Mayor Jenny Wilson’s office by visiting slco.org.
- The mask mandate has been extended until August 20 in Salt Lake County. Governor Herbert is not issuing a statewide mask mandate, but could reconsider that if the state daily case count is not below 500 by August 1.
"I'm issuing a challenge, in spirit of cooperation by working together for the common good. We need to wear face coverings, not because the government tells us to, but because we care about each other as neighbors and as friends," Governor Herbert said.
Link to the full press conference:
Link to the 'Healthy Together' app:
STAYING IN YELLOW
Governor Gary Herbert announced that most of Utah will stay at the yellow, low-risk level for COVID-19.The new health order extends to June 26.
“Common sense requires keeping our current health risk guidance in place. We all want to return to more normal patterns of life as soon as possible, but we also do not want to take a step back in our progress against this disease and our reactivation of the economy. A marked increase in disease incidence and in hospitalizations due to COVID-19 give us pause. We will continue to analyze data trends with an eye toward balancing overall health risks and protecting high risk populations," Governor Herbert said.
The Governor adopted updated guidelines for areas in the Low and New Normal health risk designation.
The order specifically addresses updated guidelines pertaining to high-risk individuals, gatherings, businesses, education and events.
To view the updated phased guidelines click HERE.
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Governor Gary Herbert announced plans to move Utah to the Moderate/Orange Risk stage outlined in Utah Leads 2.0 Plan on Friday, May 1.
Highlights of the Moderate Risk phase include:
- Face coverings worn in public settings
- Maintain social distancing of 6'
- Groups of 20 or less
- Do not engage in close-contact or team sports
- Playgrounds + pavilions remain closed
- Employees work remotely, where possible
- Utilize remote meetings and communications
- Dine-in services open with restrictions
- Retail open with social distancing + occupancy restrictions
- Events + entertainment open w/extreme restrictions
- Personal services open w/extreme restrictions
- Fitness centers opens w/social distancing + occupancy restrictions
Residents can view the full plan here.
A Mask for Every Utahn will provide 2 million masks to Utahns, free of charge. Residents can request a mask here.
In cooperation with the state and county, the City of West Jordan is taking proactive measures to help mitigate the community spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). The Mayor declared a state of emergency March 16 and adopted Salt Lake County's Stay Safe, Stay Home Health Order on March 29.
Beginning April 6, city facilities will be closed to walk-in traffic. The city will continue to provide essential services like water delivery, waste pick-up, recycling and public safety operations. However, adjustments to regular operations will be made to allow opportunities for employees to work from home. Residents and other customers can help facilitate this activity, by conducting their work with the city online or by phone.
All special events hosted by West Jordan have been cancelled through mid-May. City facilities utilized for private events, like City Hall and Pioneer Hall will be closed to the public until further notice.
MORE ABOUT CORONAVIRUS
Residents have reached out wondering what they can do to keep their family and community healthy. To start, do not panic. The best thing to do is to stop the spread of germs using every day preventative actions.
What is Coronavirus?
- A respiratory disease that was first detected in China. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”)
What are every day preventative actions?
Personal health habits that people should use ALL the time, including to help protect against COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses. They include:
Covering coughs and sneezes
Cleaning frequently touched surfaces and objects
Staying home when sick
Staying home if exposed to a sick household member
Washing hands and using hand sanitizer.
Here is a helpful infographic:
What are the symptoms?
People have reported illnesses ranging from mild symptoms to severe. The following symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure:
Shortness of breath
When to call a doctor:
I’ve noticed many stores are out of bottled water. Should I be concerned about West Jordan’s drinking water?
The Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) wants residents to know that the public water supply is safe. In the case of quarantine or outbreak related to the coronavirus, public drinking water systems are designed to continuously deliver safe drinking water to your tap.
“Drinking water treatment and disinfection has effectively protected Utah’s population for many decades. These protections will safeguard residents against drinking-water-borne viral infections— including coronavirus,” said Marie Owens, Director of DEQ’s Division of Drinking Water. “There is no need for residents to stock up on surplus bottled water in preparation for a potential outbreak of Coronavirus.”
The Coronavirus Disease is a rapidly evolving situation. Get up-to-date information from the CDC here: