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Mayor Hale declares state of emergency in Midvale City

Post Date:03/13/2020 7:42 PM

In light of President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency, and the recommendations from the Utah COVID-19 Task Force to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Mayor Robert Hale has declared a state of emergency in Midvale City.  

The city's foremost priority is the health and safety of the community and our employees. This declaration is part of an ongoing response and clears the way for the resources, coordination, and authority needed to respond to any changes in the situation. The declaration does not signify any increase in risk to our community, and there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Midvale City. It allows us to strengthen our response efforts and ensure we are doing everything we can to protect our community, especially the vulnerable populations such as elderly individuals and those with underlying health conditions.

The emergency declaration shall take effect immediately and will be ongoing for 30 days unless an extension is authorized by the Midvale City Council by resolution. The declaration includes the following actions:

  • During the term, water service will not be disconnected for non-payment of Midvale City Utility Bills.
  • All public mass gatherings (more than 100 people) are prohibited within the corporate boundaries of Midvale City.
  • The City Council, Redevelopment Agency, and Planning Commission may hold meetings electronically. These meetings would comply with the Open Meetings Act to ensure that the City’s business continues to be exercised in public and transparently.

Cities that declare a local emergency are permitted under state law to take additional measures they may deem necessary. Midvale City is taking the following precautionary measures:

  • City Hall will remain open. However, City services will be limited to essential functions only.
  • The following Court hearings will be held as normal:
    • Bench warrant
    • Domestic violence arraignments
    • Small claims hearings
    • All other hearings will be postponed. We will contact parties to reschedule for a future time.
    • Traffic school will be postponed. The 60-day requirement to complete traffic school will be extended.

If you have traveled recently out of the United States to areas known to be affected by COVID-19, we ask you not to visit Midvale City Hall. Most business can be conducted electronically through the MidvaleCity.org website.

Midvale City will continue all essential city services. This includes water and utilities, and police (Unified Police Department) and fire (Unified Fire Authority.) Unified Police Department (UPD) has implemented some minor changes to their daily operations. Access to UPD precinct buildings will be limited. This will affect report pick-up and prescription drug drop-offs. Records requests and pick-ups must be made at the Sheriff’s Office Administration Building located at 3365 S 900 W, South Salt Lake. Access to this office will be limited, however it will remain open to conduct essential business only. Residents needing non-emergency police assistance should call dispatch at 801-743-7000. Unified Fire Authority (UFA) is restricting non-critical interactions with the public (including station visits, open houses, ride-a-longs, etc.) 911 emergency response will continue unaffected for both UPD and UFA. Residents who experience COVID-19 symptoms like shortness of breath, cough, and fever, who require emergency care should notify dispatch of symptoms so emergency workers can take necessary precautions.

“Now is the time to come together to ensure our vulnerable population is protected. Be mindful of your elderly family members, neighbors and community as you consider your activities at this time. Please don’t take unnecessary risks, especially if you are feeling symptomatic,” said Mayor Hale. “Healthy adults can do their part to protect the older population by delivering groceries and making sure older, susceptible adults have items they need to survive a quarantine or isolation period.” 

The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control recommends that everyone do their part to help us respond to this emerging public health threat. Individuals should familiarize themselves with recommendations to protect themselves and their communities from getting and spreading respiratory illnesses like COVID-19. Older people and people with severe chronic conditions should take special precautions.

We encourage residents to follow Governor Herbert’s recommendations on how to limit the spread of COVID-19 for the next two weeks beginning on Monday, March 16:

  • If you are older than the age of 60 or are immunocompromised, you should limit your participation in groups of more than 20 at a time
  • Limit mass gatherings of more than 100 people if everyone in the group is healthy, including church
  • Limit access to Senior Assisted Living Centers
  • Telecommute when possible
  • Cancel all non-essential travel
  • If you are experiencing symptoms, stay home

Midvale City, in coordination with Salt Lake County Health Department, the Center for Disease Control, and the Utah Department of Health, will continue to monitor this health crisis and will modify its recommendations going forward.

COVID-19 Resources

If you have questions about COVID-19, the Utah Department of Health has established a hotline at (800)456-7707. Additional information may be found on the following websites:

    State Information Website: coronavirus.utah.gov
    Centers for Disease Prevention and Control: cdc.gov
    Salt Lake County Health Department: slco.org/health/COVID-19/
    Midvale City: MidvaleCity.org/coronavirus

Members of the public who believe they may have been exposed to the coronavirus should call the Utah Coronavirus Information Line (800)456-7707.