A respiratory virus called COVID-19 is making headlines for causing an outbreak of respiratory illness throughout the world. While this causes stress and anxiety, the risk of getting COVID-19 is currently low in the United States. The Pingree Center’s number one concern is the health and well-being of our employees, children, and community. We are closely watching the situation and are aligned with the CDC and Utah Department of Health’s guidelines and recommendations. We are prepared with a plan to support our communities as the situation progresses and we will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available on our website and social media.
As our country and state monitor coronavirus (COVID-19), The Pingree Center is committed to doing our part to protect the health and safety of our community. We are making the following changes in an effort to slow the disease’s spread and ensure smooth operations for our Center.
As part of that initiative we will:
As COVID-19 continues to grow as a public health concern in our communities, all of us have a role to play in slowing the spread and protecting vulnerable populations. Please check our social media, website www.CarmenBPingree.com/covid-19, the CDC, and Utah Department of Health for the latest updates and resources to keep you and your loved ones informed. We recognize our responses to COVID-19 could significantly disrupt the services we provide. We hope you understand these changes are meant to protect you, your extended family, and members of our community.
We will continue to monitor the situation and respond to daily changes in our understanding of this public health situation.
–Pingree Center Leadership
The best way to protect yourself from contracting COVID-19 is by using the same daily habits that help prevent the spread of many viruses, including the common cold and the flu. To help prevent the spread of disease always:
It’s important to remember if you haven’t traveled to an infected region as defined by the CDC or been in close contact with someone known to have the virus, your risk of contracting COVID-2019 is very low. However, the CDC recommends if you’ve traveled to China within the last 14 days or were in close contact with someone confirmed to have the infection and begin to feel sick with fever, cough, or shortness of breath, seek medical care. Before you go to the doctor, call ahead and let them know about your travel and symptoms to limit potential exposure to others and avoid spreading the virus.
Please wear a mask in our facilities and around other people if you have a fever, are coughing, sneezing, have a runny nose, or are having difficulty breathing. Please also consider using Intermountain’s Connect Care service on your smartphone, tablet, or computer to connect with an Intermountain clinician and receive specific care recommendations.
Information about COVID-2019 is rapidly changing. For the most up-to-date news and travel advisories, visit the Center for Disease Control’s website.
With growing concerns over COVID-19, the Utah Department of Health has launched a new information hotline.
The Utah Coronavirus Information Line can be reached at 1-800-456-7707 where Utahns will be able to call this number and speak with trained healthcare experts with any questions or concerns regarding COVID-19. Healthcare providers may also call the line for assistance.
Numerous language translations will also be available to callers.
The hotline was made possible with a collaboration with the Utah Poison Control Center.
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