On March 16, 2020, some Community Leaders met at the EOC in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic and the impacts of State and Federal mandates on WPC. The Local Emergency Planning Committee, in coordination with the County Health Officer, Dr. David, Byun, and the Interim Director of Emergency Management, Brett North, will be the key players in the flow of information and local response during the current health situation.
At this time, WPC is following directives from Federal and State health organizations to slow the spread of COVID-19. As a result of those directives, The Aquatic Center only allows lane swimming and therapy use; classes, group lessons, and open swim has been cancelled until further notice and they have changed their Saturday schedule to allow for only lap swimming in the morning. The Senior Center will not be allowing patrons to come into the Senior Center to eat lunch or for activities starting 3/17, but regular patrons can get their lunch-to-go in a drive-thru fashion at the Center or contact Chris at 289-2742 for more information or about delivery. Home Bound Meals are still being delivered. Operations at City and County Offices are business as usual, but local governments are asking patrons and attendees to meetings to stay home if they are sick and try to follow the 6 foot distance rule if possible. Jury Trials and non-essential Court hearings are being continued for at least 4 weeks and telephonic and audio/video appearances are being encouraged in local Courts. WPC School District has implemented some changes to allow students to still learn at home for 4 weeks and receive school meals with minimal impact on summer vacation, however sports have been discontinued until further notice.
In regards to pets, there is no evidence to suggest that dogs or cats have become ill with this virus can infect animals or humans. Those who are sick should restrict contact with pets and other animals out of abundance of caution. If one must care for a pet or be around animals while sick, wash hands before and after interaction.
William Bee Ririe Hospital and Clinic are working to provide the best possible response for anyone who might be ill. At this time, people who feel like they might be exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms may contact the William Bee Ririe Hospital at 289-3612 or the Rural Health Clinic at 289-4040 to answer some questions to help determine presence of the virus. If you feel an emergency exists, please call 911. The County is developing a local hotline to better address the public’s concerns. Emergency Managers are encouraging residents to seek facts about COVID-19 as opposed to reading distorted information found on social media, remain calm, don’t panic, and reach out to others who may need help due to limited goods being available.