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Salt Lake County Mask Mandate - June 26
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WEST JORDAN CORONAVIRUS UPDATES
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.
- 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:
SALT LAKE CO. MASK MANDATE
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.
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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.
STAYING IN YELLOW
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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: