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BREAKING NEWS COVID-19
This is a message from the Kane County, Utah Everbridge notification system
Dear Kane County Residents and Neighbors,
On March 6, Governor Herbert announced a State of Emergency regarding the Coronavirus Disease, or COVID-19, in an effort to begin early prevention efforts regarding the worldwide outbreak. On March 11, the World Health Organization officially declared a pandemic, which had been expected for some time. Later the same day, President Trump announced travel restrictions from many European countries in addition to the travel restrictions from many Asian countries.
Following the advice of medical and scientific experts, many universities have transitioned to online classes, major sporting organizations have suspended their seasons or cancelled tournaments, and many religious organizations have limited worship services and other activities.
On March 12, Governor Herbert announced additional prevention efforts statewide, specifically limiting public and private gatherings to no more than 100 persons and encouraging the elderly to limit their contact with groups of more than 20 persons.
Kane County has established a COVID-19 Task Force made up of elected officials, local healthcare professionals, school administrators, major utility representatives, and other key partners representing all towns and cities in Kane County. We have been working to review the recommendations of federal and state leaders and to stay on top of this emerging situation. As a unified voice we remind everyone not to panic. The power will continue to operate, water will continue to flow, and essential services like the Internet will continue to function. Although it is generally a good idea to have a supply of food, water and medication that will last a few weeks, there is no need to deplete our local grocery stores.
The sweeping restrictions enacted around the country and in our state are mainly preventative efforts to ensure that if and when an outbreak occurs the effects will be minimized as much as possible. As of now, there are five cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Utah, all of which were contracted from sources outside of the state. Utah has not yet experienced community spread, although this is anticipated to happen in the near future. However, the risk of infection in our area is considered low and if you do get infected, the data shows you are most likely to have minor symptoms from which you will recover just fine at home.
Those under the age of 60 without any respiratory conditions are at a minimal risk. Those over the age of 60 with additional chronic medical conditions are at a greater risk and should limit their contact with other people.
The best prevention efforts that you can do are also the simplest. Wash your hands often, don’t touch your face, stay away from sick people, and if you are experiencing any symptoms, stay home.
The symptoms to watch for are dry cough, fever and shortness of breath. Additionally, if you suspect you are infected, please do not go to a clinic and only go to an emergency room if you are experiencing a medical emergency like difficulty breathing or seizures, which are rare. Contact your doctor or hospital first and get instructions on how to proceed. You can also call 1-800-456-7707 if you think you have been exposed or have symptoms and they can advise you as to the next steps to take.
Be very aware of scams that will take place. Make sure to get your information from reputable sources like the websites above or from the Utah Department of Health. Kane County will post local updates to the Kane County Emergency Services Facebook page. Everyone should also register for the county’s mass notification service, Everbridge, by going to the Kane County website: kane.utah.gov or directly at: https://member.everbridge.net/index/892807736721500/#/signup
Over the next days and weeks, you will continue to receive updates to state and local preventative efforts. Please keep in mind that these efforts are intended to keep more people safe and hopefully speed up the end of the COVID-19 outbreak. As your city and county officials, we encourage everyone to stay calm and do your best to stay healthy and safe. Working as a team, we will all get through this together.
Chief Deputy, Kane County Sheriff’s Office
Kane County Emergency Manager