As the world is dealing with the current outbreak known as COVID-19, or the Coronavirus, Utah, and the Uintah Basin, have taken the necessary precautions in dealing with the quickly spreading disease.
“It’s not a matter of ‘if’, but when,” said the Utah Department of health, “but that doesn’t mean we need to go to the hospital every time we’re sick.”
While the disease only has two confirmed cases in Utah, preparation for it is in full swing throughout the entire state.
“Now is not the time to panic,” said the Utah Department of Health, “if you have mild symptoms, that’s okay, stay at home and practice self-care by drinking water and sleeping, but don’t panic and immediately flood the hospitals, that’s the last thing we need.”
The Uintah Basin’s preparation specifically is currently being observed as places are running out of needed supplies such as toilet paper and water is selling completely out in local stores.
“It’s insane,” said Breanna Morrison, a resident of Vernal, “I’ve never seen this kind of thing happen in any store, let alone ours. All of the bare minimum essentials are gone.”
The medical centers in the area are taking steps to address the situation.“ In response to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a new coronavirus,” said the Uintah Basin Medical Center, “it is our responsibility to both educate and protect the community and proactively protect our patients and staff.” “We are continuing to examine the evolving situation,” said Ashley Regional Medical Center, “We are taking the necessary steps to prepare for it with the guidance that the CDC has given us.”
In a press release issued on March 10th, Tri-County Health Department reported that there are no cases nor do they suspect cases in the TriCounty area, however, they do anticipate and are actively planning for transmission of COVID-19 within the TriCounty area.
All in all, the message from officials and medical providers is that the virus may not be as scary as some media outlets portray it to be, but that doesn’t mean that we should ignore the problem. Use common sense in keeping up hygiene and stay informed by visiting coronavirus.utah.gov.