COVID-19 City, County, State Updates

COVID-19 City, County, State Updates
Posted on 05/17/2020
Santaquin residents have been hit with a lot of notices regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. This page contains each of the announcements made by Santaquin City and/or the State of Utah or Utah County. 

The most recent notice will be at the top. 

Utah's Move to yellow/low risk information

For complete details, visit: https://coronavirus.utah.gov/

Covid May 16

Utah's move to Orange/Moderate Risk Information

Utah has moved into Orange/Moderate Risk.

There are some challenging situations where the guidance may not be 100 percent clear, but people are asked to use their best judgment to avoid spreading COVID-19. 

As a reminder, even though Gov. Herbert has said we are now at moderate/orange risk, many people are still at a high risk for devastating effects from COVID-19 if they become infected. They do not move to orange, but stay under red guidelines to prevent severe illness. The following materials will explain.

Utah's Moderate Risk Phase PDF

Protecting High-Risk Individuals PDF

Utah State Public Health Order- April 21, 2020

A State Public Health Order was issued on April 21 which rescinded the state public health order issued on March 23, 2020, relating to elective surgeries and procedures. CLICK TO REVIEW: https://coronavirus-download.utah.gov/Health/state%20public%20health%20order.20.04.21.pdf

Each hospital and ambulatory surgical center operating in Utah shall follow the protocols developed by the Utah Hospital Association in consultation with the Utah Department of Health, titled Utah Hospital Roadmap for Resuming Elective Procedures.

Utah County Emergency Operations Center COVID-19 Situation Report - April 9, 2020

Utah County Emergency Operations Center COVID-19 Situation Report - April 8, 2020

Utah County Emergency Operations Center Situation Report - April 7, 2020

Utah County Emergency Operations Center Situation Report - April 2, 2020

Utah County Emergency Operations Center COVID-19 Situation Report - April 1, 2020

Utah County Amended Public Health Order - April 1, 2020

State Directive "Stay Home Stay Safe" - March 27, 2020

State Directive March 27

Governor Herbert addressed our state on March 27th, giving us a new directive to "Stay Home, Stay Safe". To read the full report, go to: https://coronavirus.utah.gov/

State Directive in Spanish "Stay Home, Stay Safe" - March 27, 2020

City Public Meetings - March 24, 2020

All Meetings
ALL SANTAQUIN CITY PUBLIC MEETINGS WILL BE HELD ONLINE ONLY


(Temporary Order - while responding to Coronavirus public gathering restrictions)

To view: All Santaquin City public meetings will be shown live on the Santaquin City YouTube Channel, which can be found at: 
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTzZT_yW2H2Hd-58M2_ddSw OR by searching for Santaquin City Channel on YouTube

To Participate: Public Comment & Public Hearing Participation – As with all City Council and Planning Commission Meetings, we will continue to invite the public to provide “Public Comment” (30-minute duration, maximum of 5-minutes per comment). We will also continue to hold Public Hearings, as needed and required on specific issues. We invite the public to provide comment in the following ways:
By Email – Comments will be accepted by email up to 5:00 P.M. on the date of the meeting. Comments will be read during the meeting and made part of the official record of the city. Comments should be submitted to PublicComment@Santaquin.org
By Telephone – For those who would like to have their own voice heard during the Public Comment or Public Hearing periods, please submit an email to PublicComment@Santaquin.org providing us your Telephone Number. When it is your turn to speak, a Santaquin City staff member will call you and put you on speakerphone so that you can personally share your comments within the meeting.

State Clarifies Mass Gathering Instructions - March 23, 2020

State Clarifies
The State of Utah clarifies Mass Gathering Instructions. Please read more to stay informed at:


https://coronavirus.utah.gov/state-clarifies-mass-gathering-instructions/

City Hall Remains Open - March 20, 2020

City Hall
March 20, 2020

Santaquin City Hall Remains Open for Business

Residents of Santaquin City,

Thank you for your patience as we work together to follow the recommendations of our State and Federal officials to slow the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  While we are actively working to modify the way in which we perform our duties to ensure your safety and ours, we want to assure our residents that Santaquin City Hall remains open and ready to serve you during this time of uncertainty.  We believe strongly in maintaining the continuity, consistency and public participation within our local government.

Electronic Meetings:

  • YouTube Live - Santaquin City will continue to hold its City Council, Planning Commission and all of its Advisory Board meetings.However, we will do so using electronic means.All Santaquin City public meetings will be shown live on the Santaquin City YouTube Channel, which can be found at:

                    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTzZT_yW2H2Hd-58M2_ddSw 

    …or by searching for the Santaquin City Channel on YouTube.  Instructions for public access will be posted with each agenda.

    All Council Members, Commissioners and Board Members will also be participating electronically from remote locations with the exception of one board member, and a limited number of staff members, participating from our council chamber.  (Instruction will be provided to all of our council members / commissioners / board members informing them how to connect).

  • Public Comment & Public Hearing Participation – As with all City Council and Planning Commission Meetings, we will continue to invite the public to provide “Public Comment” (30-minute duration, maximum of 5-minutes per comment).We will also continue to hold Public Hearings, as needed and required on specific issues.We invite the public to provide comments in the following ways:

     

    • By Email – Comments will be accepted by email up to 5:00 P.M. on the date of the meeting.Comments will be read during the meeting and made part of the official record of the city.Comments should be submitted to PublicComment@Santaquin.org

       

    • By Telephone – For those who would like to have their own voice heard during the Public Comment or Public Hearing periods, please submit an email to PublicComment@Santaquin.orgproviding us your telephone number.When it is your turn to speak, a Santaquin City staff member will call you and put you on speakerphone so that you can personally share your comments within the meeting.

      In addition, I want to assure you that behind the scenes, our dedicated city staff continues to work hard to ensure your safety.

  • Public Safety – Our Police, Fire and EMS are continuing to protect and serve our community.Special procedures and protocols have been put in place to maintain public health and the health of our first responders.
  • Public Works – Our culinary water and sewer systems are state-of-the-art and the quality of our water meets or exceeds all safety and health standards. Our crews are the very best and are fully committed to maintaining all essential services for the benefit of our community. Please keep in mind that for the same price as one bottle of water, Santaquin City will provide you 1000 gallons of pure high-quality Santaquin water.With regard to our sewer system, please help us to keep it operational by only flushing standard toilet paper.
  • Community Development – Part of helping to maintain our strong economy is the continuation of growth and development, both commercial and residential.Just this morning, I had the opportunity to tour our new grocery store and inspect the amazing work they are accomplishing as they work towards a Grand Opening in June.
  • Administration – Our regular office hours have not changed and our staff remains committed to serving our residents without restrictions.From utility services to cemetery administration, from financial management to court operations, the services we render to our community will continue.
  • Community Services (formerly Leisure Services) – The most impacted part of our service offerings comes in the events and programs that we offer to our residents.In some cases, such as Seniors Programs, we have had to suspend operations and in other areas, such as our Library, we have had to modify our offerings to limit access while providing content and materials.While these restrictions are impactful to many, I want the public to know that we are actively working to find online solutions and alternative methods to continue to serve you in new ways.

 

Again, I want to thank you for your patience as we work together to slow the spread of the virus while striving to make accommodations to continue to serve our residents.  Once again, we stress the recommendations of Governor Herbert that we respectfully ask that our residents use wisdom and prudence when seeking medical attention and when purchasing supplies to prevent an overload of those resources.

As always, please note that Santaquin City may enhance or lift these restrictions as more information becomes available.

Thank you,

Mayor Kirk F. Hunsaker

State Public Health Order & County Health Order - March 19, 2020

County NoticeGatherings of more than 10 individuals are prohibited, as ordered by the State of Utah to prevent and slow spread of illness. Below are links to health orders published by local and state organizations.

Santaquin City is working to provide online access to public meetings and will keep the public informed on how they can view and participate in these meetings.  

Utah County Health Order

State of Utah Public Health Order

Utah County Restaurant Guidance

Recreation, Pageant, Library Status - March 16, 2020

City Response
March 16, 2020

Residents of Santaquin City,

It seems as though more information is coming out every hour with regard to our nation’s efforts to slow the spread of the Corona Virus (COVID-19).  As a community, we support the recommendation from our Federal and State officials.  To that end, I am announcing some additional modifications to the services we provide for the next two weeks (We will reevaluate these modifications on March 30th):

  • Senior Citizen Facility Closed (previously announced) - All senior’s programming, including lunches, will be postponed for two weeks.(If we extend beyond March 30th, we will work to provide special accommodations to meet the needs of the seniors we serve)
  • Sport Leagues/Evaluations/Classes – All leagues, evaluations and classes will be postponed for two weeks.(Our recreation staff will be looking to offer online options to provide opportunities for your kids to remain active from home – Please look for future communications from our Community Services staff)
  • Miss Santaquin Pageant – Postponed.We will announce a new event date at a future time.
  • Library – The Library is closed to resident access.However, starting March 17th, the library will implement a curbside pickup option Weekdays 1pm-6pm and Saturdays 10am-1:45pm.Library patrons are invited to call in, reserve books and materials, and reserve a time to stop by and pickup their order.Book drop off will be available outside the library.All returned materials will be sanitized before returning to our shelves.During this response period, we will suspend all library fines.
  • City Parks – Remain open

Thank you for your patience as we work to slow the spread of the virus while striving to make accommodations to continue to serve our residents.  Once again, we stress the recommendations of Governor Herbert that we respectfully ask that our residents use wisdom and prudence when seeking medical attention and when purchasing supplies to prevent an overload of those resources.

Santaquin City may enhance or lift these restrictions as more information becomes available.

 

Thank you,

Mayor Kirk F. Hunsaker

Community Guidelines - March 14, 2020

Community Guidelines

Cancellation of Mass Gatherings


VIrus

Residents of Santaquin City,

In support of the recommendations coming from Utah Governor Gary Herbert, Santaquin City will be implementing enhanced safety precautions to prevent the spread of the Corona Virus (COVID-19).  Those recommendations include the cancellation of mass gatherings of 100 or more healthy individuals and cancellation of mass gatherings of 20 or more healthy individuals over the age of 60.

In response, Santaquin City will immediately implement the following until further notice:

  • Suspending all programing for its senior citizens, including its Thursday lunches, billiards, cards, and exercise programs (e.g. 50 & Fit, Sit & Get Fit etc.);
  • Suspending child care in our recreational facility; all other recreation programs will continue;
  • Suspending the Storytime Program at the Library; regular Library hours and other programs will continue;
  • Modifying other recreational programs as needed (e.g. player evaluations, games, etc.) to limit group sizes; additional communications will be forthcoming based upon specific programs; and
  • Implementing enhanced cleaning procedures of public surfaces and exercise equipment.

Many cities in the State of Utah are considering the declaration of a State of Emergency.  While Santaquin City recommends that all of our residents follow enhanced hygienic practices, as recommended by the CDC (available on www.santaquin.org), Santaquin City is Not declaring a State of Emergency at the present time for the following reasons:

  • The Utah County Health Department has the authority to take all necessary actions;
  • An Emergency Declaration does not currently provide any financial benefit at a municipal level;
  • Santaquin City does not have a current need for emergency purchasing procedures;
  • We do not need a declaration to implement prudent procedures and recommendations made by Federal and State authorities; and
  • We are not planning to change office hours or meeting schedules.

In accordance with the recommendations of Governor Herbert, we respectfully ask that our residents use wisdom and prudence when seeking medical attention and when purchasing supplies to prevent an overload of those resources.

Santaquin City may enhance or lift these restrictions as more information becomes available.

Thank you,

Mayor Kirk F. Hunsaker

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