Covid-19 Cedar City Update

UPDATES FROM MAYOR WILSON-EDWARDS 

Mayor Wilson 72ppi
Mayor's Newsletter - April

POSTED ON 4/01/2020

As a friendly reminder to PLEASE socially distance when in public. This means staying at least 6 feet away from others. Please keep social distancing in mind when at the grocery store, when getting exercise on trails and any other place where you could be closer than 6 feet from another individual. It is going to take us ALL working together to flatten the curve.

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POSTED ON 3/30/2020

Here is the latest video from our local Covid -19 taskforce. This video is from George Colson, the Iron County Emergency Manager. He gives an update to Iron County residents on the current county emergency management response to COVID-19. 

Sign up for emergency notifications here:https://www.ironcounty.net/department/emergency-management/citizen-alert/ 



POSTED ON 3/27/2020 3:00 PM

This is the latest information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. As of today, here are the totals:

Southwest Utah: 9 cases (including 1 recovered, 7 mild, 1 death):
- Washington County: 6
- Iron County: 2
- Kane County: 0
- Beaver County: 0
- Garfield County: 1

Please follow these preventative measures to ensure the safety of not only yourself but others around you.

- Wash your hands, especially after touching frequently used surfaces or objects.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Sneeze or cough using a tissue or the inside of your elbow.
- Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces as much as
possible.
- No gatherings over 10 people.
- Stay home and away from people if you are over 60 or
have an underlying health condition.
- Work and school should be from home whenever possible.
- Avoid non-essential travel.
- Restaurants should offer drive-thru, pickup, or delivery
options only.
- Everyone should practice social distancing: keeping a 6-
foot space between people.
- If you have traveled (international or domestic) recently you
should practice social distancing for 14 days. If you
experience symptoms (including fever, cough, and
shortness of breath) contact your healthcare provider to
ask about testing for COVID-19.
- If someone tests positive for COVID-19, all members of the
household should self-isolate for 14 days.

It is going to take each of us following these guidelines to help ensure that Governor Herbert’s Plan for Health and Economic Recovery will succeed. We all have a responsibility to do our part to slow the spread of the coronavirus.




POSTED ON 3/27/2020 8:00 AM

It seems that I am getting more questions related to COVID-19 testing than just about any other subject and therefore as I learn new information I am trying to pass it along as timely as possible. One of the latest questions relates to the tents that have been set up by InstaCare. Below is an explanation of why these tents are set up and the purpose they serve in the common goal of keeping our community safe.

DRIVE-IN TENTS AT INSTACARE SO YOU CAN STAY IN YOUR CAR FOR A COVID-19 TEST

Large, white tents going up at the InstaCare on Sage Dr. in Cedar City are to help protect staff from the elements and make it easy for people who seek to be tested for COVID-19, allowing care seekers to stay in their car while the sample is collected.

Individuals concerned and seeking care are still encouraged to see the Symptom Checker at https://intermountainhealthcare.org/ or to call the COVID-19 Information line at 1-800-456-7707, where they may be directed to the drive up testing center.

The process is simple: individuals pull up to InstaCare and call the number listed on the sign. The person on the phone will do a screening to determine if you meet certain criteria to be tested. If you do, you pull your car into the tent, and a sample is collected by one of the InstaCare staff. The materials used and the process to collect samples is the same used to test for influenza, which consists of a nasal swab. The swab is sent to processing facilities to analyze the sample, which may take a few days to be processed, but the individual will be called with the results when complete.

The tents are simply to shield the patient and healthcare workers from the elements.



POSTED ON 3/26/2020

The latest information from Southwest Public Health. We have an additional case in Iron County. Please remember social distancing, and the importance of keeping yourself and others healthy by staying home if you are not feeling well.

The following is from the Southwest Public Health Department:

“COVID-19 Update - March 26, 2020, The Southwest Utah Public Health Department (SWUPHD) has confirmed 1 additional case of COVID-19 in Iron County (bringing the total to 2 in Iron County and 6 in Washington County).While most cases reported in our district have been travel-related, the most recent cases in Washington and Iron counties appear to be community spread."

All residents are strongly encouraged to follow the social distancing and isolation recommendations in Utah’s State Public Health Order.

https://coronavirus.utah.gov/…/STATE-PUBLIC-HEALTH-ORDER-3.



POSTED ON 3/23/2020

ATTENTION CEDAR CITY RESIDENTS:  

- EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY -

With the new developments of recent cases of the coronavirus (Covid-19 in both Washington and Iron Counties, the City will be closing all of our offices to the public, except by appointment. We know that this creates a problem for some people, but we do have facilities set in place, which we hope will accommodate most of our residents.

We would like to remind our residents that most City business can be conducted over the phone, on the website or via email.
There is a new dropbox for utility payments in the lobby outside of the City offices for those of you who would like to pay your bills "in person". We strongly encourage residents to use online services or phone calls whenever possible for the safety of our staff and residents.

For a complete list of departments and services available, please visit our website at Department Directory

We will be posting updates as they become available to us and will try to get the most up to date information out to our residents.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!




POSTED ON 3/19/20

Sorry in advance for the long email but I wanted to help get some accurate information out to all of our residents. I am trying to keep everyone informed and educated. Additionally, I want to let you know how much I care about our amazing community and the work that is taking place to keep people safe.

I have received a number of questions related to the processes and procedures in place for our medical facilities here in Cedar City and in the event that someone needs to receive a coronavirus test. Below you will find some resources and hopefully some answers to questions you may have. As always if you have medical concerns contact your provider about any specific questions.

1-New, strict visitor restrictions are in place.

CLINICS:

If you are coming to the clinic, you can bring one person with you. We realize this presents a challenge for a young parent without available child care. Please do all you can to make arrangements for your other children to be watched while you or your sick child come to the clinics for care.

HOSPITALS:
For the hospital, no visitors are allowed, except for these exceptions:

  • Obstetric patients — one partner, one birth support person
  • Well-Baby patients — may have both parents present
  • End-of-life patients
One visitor allowed only for:
  •  Minors under age 18 — one visitor or guardian per day
  •  Patients with disruptive behaviors or altered mental status (where caregiver provides safety/information)
  • Patients undergoing surgery or procedures — one visitor who must leave the hospital as soon as reasonable after the procedure
  • Patients who have an appointment at a hospital-based clinic, laboratory or radiology department, or visiting the Emergency Department
  • Patients at admission and discharge

2- You need to check in with the greeters at each entrance to the hospital. They will ask you questions like if you have been or are sick, have traveled, and/or if you have an appointment. Then they will insist you put on hand sanitizer. Please be supportive and kind to these greeters and also, put on the hand sanitizer. They are doing an important job, and while it may be a little different process entering the hospital than what you’re used to, the greeters are trying to best limit germ spread. Vigilant hand hygiene, as well as preventing non-essential visitors from entering the hospital, absolutely stops the spread of harmful germs. You may also be asked to wear a mask depending on your illness and circumstances.

3- Any visitor with a respiratory illness will not be allowed to visit patients. This applies to visitors ONLY, not to patients or those seeking care.

4- Cedar City Hospital has not been, nor are we, overwhelmed or overrun with patients. The hospital is providing care to every single person that comes to the hospital in need and will continue to do so.

5- Any possible patient who may end up testing positive for COVID-19 will be announced by the Southwest Utah Public Health Department, working with the Utah Department of Health. The health department is the correct source and lead agency on announcements regarding COVID-19.

6- The process to get tested for COVID-19 is this: You visit with your own medical provider (or Intermountain ConnectCare on your phone if you want to stay home). If they determine you need to be tested for COVID-19, the provider will take a sample. Those visiting a provider on ConnectCare will go to the local InstaCare on Sage Dr., and the nurse will come to get a sample while you’re in your car, so you don’t have to go inside the building. You can also call the COVID-19 Hotline at 844-442-5224 if you have mild to moderate symptoms, available 24/7. A healthcare professional will assess your risk for COVID-19. If testing is needed, a medical order will be provided and you’ll be directed to a testing site.

The sampling process is the exact same one as testing for the flu. They will use the long stick with a cotton swab on the end, and simply swab the back of your nasal cavity. That sample is then sent to a testing center in Salt Lake, and determining results can take some time, even a few days depending on how many samples are coming in.

7- Please view and treat your response and prevention to COVID-19 like you would the flu (influenza). This is not a time for fear and panic in any way. It’s a time to stay focused on the truth and the truth is, the measures our entire nation is taking to slow the spread, is a positive and important coming together to help protect our most vulnerable to COVID-19, which are the elderly and immunocompromised. These actions, while disruptive, are to help prevent the overwhelming of healthcare resources with too many getting COVID-19 at the same time. The bold social distancing and robust hand hygiene should correctly be viewed as highly protective and proactive measures.

Thank you for the wonderful coming together in our community to help slow the spread and flatten the curve of COVID-19.

Maile L. Wilson-Edwards 

Mayor
Cedar City Corporation