What Central Utah Residents Need to Know about Coronavirus

Gunnison Valley Hospital wants central Utahans to be informed about the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and steps they can take to stay healthy.

We’re committed to keeping our community healthy. For weeks we’ve been working closely with the Utah Department of Health (UDOH) to share information, monitor the status of the disease, and get ready for the expected spread of the virus in Utah. Follow our Facebook page for up-to-date information about the hospital’s readiness.

Below are some frequently asked questions and answers about the disease:

What is Gunnison Valley Hospital doing to prepare for COVID-19?

We have been preparing for several weeks to develop plans, coordinate with other rural hospitals as well as the UDOH, train our staff, review supplies and inventory, etc. We continue to meet regularly to review the latest developments. We have processes in place for screening, monitoring, and treating patients if necessary.

What should I do if I think I might have been exposed to COVID-19?

Call your primary care physician or the hospital from home – do NOT go to the hospital or clinic without calling first. Gunnison Valley Hospital is equipped to test suspected cases outside the hospital and will send those test results to a lab (UDOH, ARUP, etc.) for evaluation. You can reach the hospital at our general number (435) 528-7246.

What steps can help prevent the spread of COVID-19?

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to those of seasonal influenza – namely a fever, cough, or shortness of breath. These symptoms on their own are not worrisome and should not cause alarm. But if someone exhibits these symptoms who has recently traveled to areas with widespread COVID-19 illness or has been in close contact with a known positive case, that individual should immediately notify their health care provider, who will coordinate with the appropriate public health officials to determine next steps.

Who is at risk for contracting COVID-19?

Risk of infection with COVID-19 is higher for people who are close contacts of someone known to have COVID-19. Other people at higher risk for infection are those who live in or have recently been in an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19. These areas include China, Iran, Italy, and South Korea.

Older people and people of all ages with severe underlying health conditions — like heart disease, lung disease and diabetes, for example — seem to be at higher risk of developing serious COVID-19 illness.

You can find up-to-date information about COVID-19 at the following websites:

We are committed to keeping our community informed and healthy.  Because to us, you are not just a number.