I’ll have to admit, at some point during the fifth lecture on COVID-19 the message was starting to sound very redundant. Flatten out the infection peak by reducing contact opportunities, wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds, disinfect and stay at home if you feel the slightest fever or cough developing. I was in Washington DC primarily to seek transportation funding but everywhere I turned, I was confronted with the reality of this nasty virus headed our way.
I was raised in a time when many illnesses were a big concern for our moms but as kids, we just expected they were something to fight through and in a couple of weeks, you would be back at school. Mumps, measles, chickenpox, I had them all. Most of my friends did as well. These diseases were all miserable.
Soon after arriving at Representative John Curtis’ office I was greeted by his chief of staff and we shook hands. It was a natural reaction that both of us had been cautioned about; I apologized, and he admitted he was struggling to break the habit as well. Then he looked at me and said something quite casually, “you are obviously under the age of fifty, so I’m not concerned about it.” I was not about to confess that his estimation was way off but as I settled in my chair, I couldn’t shake the uneasy feeling that I was in that age group that may likely suffer critically from this new virus.
As the week progressed, I continued to push for transportation funding in Lehi but increasingly, my thoughts were being diverted by the other topic that surrounded me. By the time I was heading home, we were making arrangements in the city to mitigate the opportunities for spreading the virus and considering our potential emergency options.
In our media outlets, the City has now posted temporary operating procedures that are designed to greatly reduce the opportunity for infection. The City Council and I believe these are truly necessary at this time. We realize that these closures may seem inconvenient and perhaps unnecessary to some but in consideration of how the COVID-19 virus has spread elsewhere, we are convinced it is prudent.
You can link to the temporary Lehi City policy at https://www.lehi-ut.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/COVID-19-Press-Release.pdf and information about public meetings can be found at https://www.lehi-ut.gov/coronavirus-updates/.
Please understand there is no need to panic. Adequate food and supplies will be available in the future so be considerate of those that may truly need necessary supplies.
Mayor Mark Johnson