CORONAVIRUS

Hotline Open To Help Struggling Salt Lake County Businesses

Mar 31, 2020, 2:29 PM | Updated: 3:22 pm

FILE: Salt Lake City County Building (Getty Images)...

FILE: Salt Lake City County Building (Getty Images)

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – If you own a business that is fighting to stay open through the coronavirus pandemic, help is one phone call away.

Starting Tuesday, Salt Lake County-based businesses can access a relief hotline that will get them direct access to expert advice. The hotline will allow owners to ask live questions as well.

Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson issued a public health order on Sunday that doubled down on social distancing, which is keeping shoppers out of many stores.

“We know social distancing restrictions require businesses to adapt to a safer, temporary reality in order to protect the health of all our residents,” Wilson said.

In return, Wilson said, “It’s crucial that the county serve businesses by helping them tap into desperately needed resources as they become available.”

Those resources include connecting callers to local, dedicated caseworkers who are familiar with up-to-date information that will help them deal with a flood of federal, state and local options.

The number for the Business Relief Hotline is (385) 468-4011. It’s available now. You can call Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. In addition, you can send questions to COVID-business@slco.org. Information is also available online.


Coronavirus Resources

How Do I Prevent It?

The CDC has some simple recommendations, most of which are the same for preventing other respiratory illnesses or the flu:

  • Avoid close contact with people who may be sick
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash
  • 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. Always wash your hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

The CDC does not recommend wearing a face mask respirator to protect yourself from coronavirus unless a healthcare professional recommends it.

How To Get Help

If you’re worried you may have COVID-19, you can contact the Utah Coronavirus Information Line at 1-800-456-7707 to speak to trained healthcare professionals. You can also use telehealth services through your healthcare providers.

Additional Resources

If you see evidence of PRICE GOUGING, the Utah Attorney General’s Office wants you to report it. Common items in question include toilet paper, water, hand sanitizer, certain household cleaners, and even cold medicine and baby formula. Authorities are asking anyone who sees price gouging to report it to the Utah Division of Consumer Protection at 801-530-6601 or 800-721-7233. The division can also be reached by email at consumerprotection@utah.gov.

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Hotline Open To Help Struggling Salt Lake County Businesses