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Q: How concerned should we be about COVID-19 in Salt Lake City?

A: According to the Salt Lake County Health Department, the risk of Utahns contracting COVID-19 locally is low, but they still encourage everyone to practice good hygiene, including thorough and frequent handwashing, avoiding contact with those who are sick, and staying home from work or school if you or your child has symptoms of flu-like illness.

Q: What is the district doing to prevent the spread of illness?

A: Before flu season began, our custodial and transportation teams were trained in proper protocols for combating pathogens and disinfecting our schools and buses. Special emphasis is given to touch points, communal spaces, and high traffic areas. We use electrostatic sprayers that deliver an environmentally responsible and health department-approved chemical with a quick kill time for viruses. Spraying applications are done daily throughout the flu/cold season, but we spray more frequently if needed.

Q: At what point would school be cancelled?

A: We continue to check in daily with our county and state health departments. 

The county health department has informed us that if Salt Lake County begins seeing widespread community transmission—a scenario in which many of the respiratory illnesses in our community are due to COVID-19—that means that isolation and quarantine measures aren't doing enough. At that point, we would need to consider cancelling school and other mass gatherings. We will communicate with parents as soon as possible in this unlikely event.

In addition, Utah Governor Gary Herbert created a task force to monitor COVID-19 and to consult with the health department and community leaders on decisions such as school closures and other changes.

Q: What can we be doing to keep our families healthy?

A: The following suggestions come from the Salt Lake County Health Department:

  • Stay home if you are ill.
  • Wash your hands often and thoroughly: scrub with soap and warm water for 20 seconds.
  • Avoid close contact with ill people.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the inside of your elbow, and not into your hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Avoid sharing food and personal items.
  • Disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces with a bleach-based cleaning product. 

Q: What can we do to prepare for a possible outbreak of COVID-19 in Utah?

A: SLCHD is encouraging community members to keep on hand at least a two-week supply of food, as well as prescription and nonprescription drugs (in case of quarantine). They’ve also admonished that “While it is always good to ensure your 72-hour kits are stocked, it is not necessary to purchase water or most other emergency supplies in response to COVID-19; this is not a natural disaster and our utility systems, including water and electricity, will continue to function normally during an outbreak.”

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