Message from Mayor Hale Regarding Coronavirus
We’re all experiencing a challenging, unpredictable and anxious time in history -- both locally and nationally. As mayor of this grand city, I have been greatly moved by the devotion and love our community has shown each other. We are all rising to the challenge, finding ways to stay positive, and manifesting the true community spirit of Midvale.
The Midvale community is understandably concerned about the spread of the Coronavirus, and as Mayor, I want to assure you that City staff, City Council members and myself are continuing to partner with the Salt Lake County Health Department, Salt Lake County Emergency Management, Canyons School District, Unified Police Department, Unified Fire Authority, local non-profits and healht clinics, the State of Utah and federal agencies to “flatten the curve,” protect the public and lessen the effects of this pandemic on our health, our workers and our economy. With our partners, we are intent on combatting the spread of COVID-19, an preserving the hospital capacity to care for the most ill.
I also want to assure you that the essential services of your city government continue to operate. City Hall, the Justice Court and Public Works offices are currently closed to the public. However, City employees continue to deliver essential services to our residents and businesses via telephone, email and online services.
Midvale City is well-prepared to handle this pandemic, not just because we have planned for potential events like a pandemic, but also because we have incredible employees and City Council members who are committed to this community. I have witnessed employees jumping in wherever needed, at any hour or day of week. In addition, our City Council members are well-connected to the community and take the time to speak with me and the City’s senior staff on a daily basis to share questions, ideas and concerns brought up by residents, and to ensure our residents needs are being met. I am very grateful for our incredible team!
I need to emphasize that this is a public health crisis, and the lead agency for our area is the Salt Lake County Health Department. I would like to reiterate the importance of the “Salt Lake County: Stay Safe, Stay Home” public health order that was issued by Mayor Jenny Wilson and Salt Lake County. The mandatory order is effective at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, March 30 and emphasizes the importance of staying safe at home, closes some businesses and requires other businesses to be more stringent in social distancing recommendations.
The City Council members and I strongly believe that timely and accurate information can help ease anxiety and fear. Therefore, we encourage you to visit the city’s website www.MidvaleCity.org/Coronavirus to stay up to date. The page includes resources for residents and businesses and is updated on a regular basis. In addition, we encourage local business owners to visit our Resources for Businesses page to learn about important resources available to businesses. We will continue to update this page and the federal government passes new legislation.
Thank you to everyone who has participated in the Bear Hunt Challenge and Chalk the Walk activities, organized the City, Midvale Community Council. These fun activities have helped our community stay positive as well as keep our children distracted and entertained. Midvale residents, Todd and Emilie Call even handed out a fun prize to the Green Family for winning the Bear Hunt. “They found 124 bears and they even kept track of every single address and the number of bears at each. Impressive! “said Emilie Call. Visit our Facebook page to see the many pictures of the bears and sidewalk art!
Stay positive. Be kind to one another. We all deal with grief and stress differently, show compassion. Keep your social distance. Call your neighbors. Unplug often. Stay safe Midvale! We will get through this, together! Best of health to all of you.