The Salt Lake County Health Department announced Saturday that an additional nine county residents have COVID-19, bringing the total cases to 14 in the county.
All new cases are linked to travel or household contact with another confirmed case. County health officials don’t believe any of the cases are a result of local transmission.
Of the 14 total cases, 11 are adults over the age of 18 and three are children. Two of the infected children attended school while symptomatic. One attends Hunter High School in West Valley City and the other attends Entheos Academy, a charter school with campuses in Magna and Kearns.
Due to medical privacy laws, further information will not be released about individual confirmed cases.
Both the Hunter High School and Entheos Academy school communities have been notified of the potential exposure. County health officials have instructed students and staff of both schools to quarantine at home until March 27, 2020 and monitor themselves for symptoms throughout that time. Symptoms of COVID-19 include cough, fever, and shortness of breath.
Quarantine at home means the students and staff of those schools 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.
Most people infected with COVID-19 experience only mild illness. People over the age of 60 and those with other health concerns are more likely to develop serious illness.