ALL NEWS

South Salt Lake now requires people to tell first responders if patients have COVID-19

Jun 24, 2020, 7:13 AM | Updated: Jun 28, 2020, 9:37 pm
Credit SSL Fire Department...
Credit SSL Fire Department

SOUTH SALT LAKE – South Salt Lake Fire Chief Terry Addison told the city council recently that first responders have gone out on at least three calls to places like long-term care facilities during the pandemic where they were not told the patient had COVID-19

That could be an issue for any department, but particularly a small one. 

“One person gets it, and then you infect two, who infects two more, and it doubles each time. Pretty soon, your public safety departments would be ineffective,” Addison said. 

Last week, the city council voted on a new ordinance that makes it a Class B Misdemeanor not to let dispatch and first responders know if you, or the person you are calling about, has COVID-19 or any communicable disease that is an immediate threat to public health or safety. 

Chief Addison said first responders also need to know that information so they can bring along the right amount of personal protective equipment. 

“That way we know we protect ourselves right when we walk through the door. Because who knows how many people in that facility could be exposed? We’re protecting the response, who in turn, will help slow the spread,” Addison said. 

Councilmember Shane Siwik was one of two “no” votes. He felt the ordinance was too broad. 

“We are making it a crime for, let’s say, a life partner…taking care of somebody with AIDS to not report that,” Siwik said.   


How To Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus

COVID-19 coronaviruses transmitted from person to person. It is a virus that is similar to the common cold and the flu. So, to prevent it from spreading:

  • Wash hands frequently and thoroughly, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds.
  • Don’t touch your face.
  • Keep children and those with compromised immune systems away from someone who is coughing or sneezing (in this instance, at least six feet)
  • If there is an outbreak near you, practice social distancing (stay at home, instead of going to the movies, sports events, or other activities.)
  • Get a flu shot.

Local resources

KSL Coronavirus Q&A

Utah’s Coronavirus Information

Utah State Board of Education

Utah Hospital Association

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Utah Coronavirus Information Line – 1-800-456-7707

National Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Commonly asked questions, World Health Organization

Cases in the United States

 

Today’s Top Stories

All News

spent...
Elizabeth Weiler

Financial Infidelity: What does the Utah data look like?

SALT LAKE CITY — How many dollars spent by your significant other would it take you to reconsider your relationship? The average Utahn would ‘reconsider their relationship’ if their partner spent $5k without consulting them first, reveals research from coupon birds. Dave and Dujanovic discuss the research and welcome listener calls.  Listen live at 10:35 […]
11 hours ago
A snowy mountain with trees is pictured, avalanche risk is measured often this time of year...
Adam Small

How do forecasters determine avalanche risk?

Determining the avalanche risk for any given day takes coordination between avalanche forecasters and the National Weather Service.
11 hours ago
...
Jeff Zeleny, Eva McKend and Gregory Krieg, CNN

Georgia voters once again have the last word during election season

During a campaign rally for Warnock in Atlanta last week, former President Barack Obama stressed the immediate impact of Democrats potentially winning a 51st Senate seat.
11 hours ago
homes...
Hugo Rikard-Bell

Suspected criminals on Zillow listing Utah homes for sale without homeowners’ knowledge

Be careful when looking at homes on Zillow with the intention of buying or renting them, they may not actually be on the market.
11 hours ago
A memorial is pictured near the scene of the Colorado shooting at Club Q...
COLLEEN SLEVIN Associated Press

Colorado gay club shooting suspect charged with hate crimes

Investigators say Anderson Lee Aldrich entered Club Q, a sanctuary for the LGBTQ community in this mostly conservative city, just before midnight on Nov. 19.
11 hours ago
The Quiet Santa event allows kids with sensory issues to meet Santa. (Photo: Canva)...
Chris Jacobs

“Quiet Santa” provides space for kids with sensory issues

The University Place Mall is hosting a "Quiet Santa" event for kids with sensory issues like Autism. The event runs. through Dec. 10.
11 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Spicy Homemade Loaded Taters Tots...
Macey's

5 game day snacks for the whole family (with recipes!)

Try these game day snacks to make watching football at home with your family feel like a special occasion. 
Happy joyful smiling casual satisfied woman learning and communicates in sign language online using...
Sorenson

The best tools for Deaf and hard-of-hearing workplace success

Here are some of the best resources to make your workplace work better for Deaf and hard-of-hearing employees.
Team supporters celebrating at a tailgate party...
Macey's

8 Delicious Tailgate Foods That Require Zero Prep Work

In a hurry? These 8 tailgate foods take zero prep work, so you can fuel up and get back to what matters most: getting hyped for your favorite
christmas decorations candles in glass jars with fir on a old wooden table...
Western Nut Company

12 Mason Jar Gift Ideas for the 12 Days of Christmas [with recipes!]

There are so many clever mason jar gift ideas to give something thoughtful to your neighbors or friends. Read our 12 ideas to make your own!
wide shot of Bear Lake with a person on a stand up paddle board...

Pack your bags! Extended stays at Bear Lake await you

Work from here! Read our tips to prepare for your extended stay, whether at Bear Lake or somewhere else nearby.
young boy with hearing aid...
Sorenson

Accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing

These different types of accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing can help them succeed in school.
South Salt Lake now requires people to tell first responders if patients have COVID-19