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Salt Lake County proclaims state of emergency to qualify for federal funds

County Issues Proclamation
Post Date:03/04/2020 12:53 p.m.

Coronavirus 2Salt Lake County has declared a "State of Emergency" due to the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The declaration is necessary as a precursor to qualify for federal funding should the situation evolve and necessitate such assistance.

The proclamation, issued on Friday, remains in effect for 30 days. For their part, City of Taylorsville leaders continue to monitor the situation daily and will provide support as necessary. The city is ready to act in an official capacity, as well, should the need arise.

Read the full proclamation by Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson here.

Salt Lake County Health Department and Emergency Management teams do not expect that an outbreak is imminent but are aware of the rising concerns and are working to provide ongoing communication and make preparations toward serving and protecting the community.

At this time, residents are encouraged to review basic principles of hygiene and continue healthy habits, as these are essential in reducing the spread of all diseases including COVID-19. Such healthy practices include:

• Staying home if you are ill.
• Washing your hands frequently and thoroughly. Scrub with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
• Avoiding close contact with ill people.
• Covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the inside of your elbow; do not cough or sneeze into your hands.
• Avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
• Avoiding sharing food and personal items.
• Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a bleach-based cleaning product.

If you're worried about whether you may have COVID-19, please call the Utah Department of Health's Coronavirus Information Line at 1-800-456-7707.

Trained healthcare experts can help answer your questions and numerous language translations are available. Healthcare providers may also call the information line for help.

In addition, on Thursday (March 5), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a list of EPA-registered disinfectant products that have qualified for use against SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Products appearing on the EPA’s list of registered disinfectant products have qualified for use against COVID-19 through the agency’s Emerging Viral Pathogen program. This program allows product manufacturers to provide EPA with data, even in advance of an outbreak, that shows their products are effective against harder-to-kill viruses than SARS-CoV-2.

Coronaviruses are enveloped viruses, meaning they are one of the easiest types of viruses to kill with the appropriate disinfectant product. See additional details from the EPA here.

Find the latest information from the Salt Lake County Health Department.

Also, see a list of frequently asked questions here.

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