March 16, 2020 - Joint Statement from Wasatch County Health Department and Wasatch County School District Regarding Quarantine

Earlier today we informed teachers, parents and students of the potential exposure to a case of COVID-19 at Wasatch High School. Wasatch County Health Department officials have instructed students and staff at Wasatch High School to quarantine at home until March 25, 2020, and monitor themselves for symptoms throughout that time. Family members of high school students and staff do not need to quarantine unless the student or staff member becomes symptomatic. Symptoms of COVID-19 include cough, fever, and shortness of breath.

Quarantine at home means the students and staff at that school should not leave home for any reason, except when advised by their health care provider to seek medical care in person. They should not go to work, school, or any public place, including stores, malls, theatres, restaurants, or any other retail establishment. They should also not visit family or friends or have any visitors at home.

The county health department has also recommended potentially affected households to clean frequently touched surfaces in their homes every day. This includes counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables.

If a potentially affected household notices symptoms in anyone in their home, they should isolate the ill person away from other members of the household and contact a health care provider via telephone or a telemedicine app. Do not seek medical care in person without first contacting the medical facility in advance to receive instructions.

How to access care

Health providers do test for COVID-19 in the valley. However, rather than go directly to the hospital, we ask that you follow these steps to prevent the further spread of the illness:

  • If you’re concerned you or a loved one may have COVID-19, stay home from work, school and all public spaces.
  • Call the Utah Coronavirus Information line at 1-800-456-7707 for an assessment. The hotline will be able to answer your questions, they can also direct you to a nurse who will answer calls 24/7.
  • If the assessment determines that care is required, contact a healthcare provider at org or other telehealth provider (i.e., a virtual medical visit via internet/app) for medical evaluation and further instructions.
  • If you go to Heber Valley Hospital, please call 435-657-4500 prior to going into the hospital. This process ensures we protect both the patients and the caregivers.
  • Follow the directions of the healthcare provider. You may be instructed to remain isolated at home for a period of time.

If this is a life-threatening situation, please call 911 or go to directly to the Emergency Room (the hospital has requested patients to please call the emergency room prior to arrival). 

For up-to-date information, we invite you to follow the Wasatch County coronavirus webpage at coronavirus.wasatch.utah.gov. Community members with questions regarding COVID-19 should call the Utah Coronavirus Information Line: 800-456-7707.