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Utah’s public health system has plans and procedures in place that are designed to help limit the spread of infection within our community. These plans and procedures include isolating ill people and quarantining people who may have been exposed, as well as canceling school, church, and community events.
On March 13, Governor Gary Herbert announced that all public and charter schools in the state will be dismissed for at least two weeks as part of a "soft closure.” On March 23, Gov. Herbert announced that schools will remain closed until May 1.
On March 15, the CDC limited gatherings, community events, and other types of assemblies to no more than 50 total individuals, which must maintain 6 feet of space between themselves for social distancing.
On March 16, the CDC and President Donald Trump recommended Americans promote further social distancing and limit gatherings to no more than 10 individuals at a time.
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Moab City Buildings to close to limit COvid-19 risk
As a health and safety measure in response to concerns about COVID-19, all City of Moab buildings will be closed to the public at the end of business on Friday, March 13.
The City will continue to conduct business. Anyone who needs to do business with the City or a tenant in City Hall is asked to call the appropriate number listed below:
The City will provide updates on our website, www.moabcity.org, and our Facebook Page, Facebook.com/cityofmoab as new information is available.
“We are taking this preventive measure in response to ‘social distancing’ recommendations from the State of Utah and the Centers for Disease Control,” said Moab City Manager Joel Linares. “We will continue working for our community while limiting person-to-person exposure both for our residents and our staff. We appreciate the community’s understanding as we all work together to manage and mitigate this serious issue.”
There are a number of online options to choose from:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html
The World Health Organization- https://www.who.int/
The Utah Coronavirus Task Force https://coronavirus.utah.gov/
The Utah Department of Health https://health.utah.gov/
The Southeast Utah Health Department-https://www.seuhealth.com/
Moab Regional Hospital has a website https://mrhmoab.org/
as well as a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MoabRegionalHospital
The City of Moab will continue to update this website as well as put information on our Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/cityofmoab/ Twitter - @CityofMoab and Instagram - @moabcity Follow/like our social media pages to easily see regular updates.
COVID-19 is a serious threat to public health, but everyone can do their part to help:
City Parks are still open but all playgrounds, restrooms and drinking fountains are closed. It is still recommended to use Social Distancing and only gather in groups of 10 or less. Park reservations are in the process of being canceled for groups that are larger than 10 attendees. No new reservations will be accepted for the next 30 days and will be reassessed at that time. Read the flyer for full details.
If you have traveled in the last two weeks to an area experiencing community transmission of COVID-19, or if you have been in close contact* with someone you know to have COVID-19, and you develop flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, or difficulty breathing), call your health care provider before visiting unannounced.
If your provider determines you need to be seen, they may have special instructions about how you should arrive to minimize exposing other people. Some health care providers also have a telehealth ability so patients can be evaluated for their symptoms without visiting a clinic in-person.
Health care providers need to rule out other potential causes of your respiratory illness, such as influenza, before requesting COVID-19 testing.
To be tested, you must get a direct recommendation by your health care provider.
If you have traveled in the last two weeks to an area experiencing community transmission of COVID-19, or if you have been in close contact with someone you know to have COVID-19, and you do not have symptoms, you should quarantine at home and monitor yourself daily for symptoms.
*Close contact is defined as within 6 feet of someone for at least 15 minutes.
If your gathering is fewer than 10 people, and has not been canceled by the organizer, the CDC advises that—in areas where COVID-19 is actively spreading—people at higher risk of serious illness (seniors over 60 and those with other health conditions like heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes) to avoid groups of more than 10 people and stay home as much as possible. The 10 people—including staff and attendees—must maintain 6 feet of distance between each other.
Surgical-type face masks can help prevent your respiratory droplets from getting out into the environment; they do not prevent you from inhaling airborne germs. So while they can be useful for preventing sick people from making others sick, they are not especially useful for keeping healthy people from getting sick.
Wearing an N95 respirator mask can help prevent illness, but the respirator mask must be individually fit-tested and worn correctly. Currently, N95 respirator masks should be reserved for specific populations who are at the greatest risk, such as health care professionals working with an infectious patient; widespread public use is unnecessary.