Two local residents return from China, being monitored for coronavirus
Two San Juan County residents are currently being “actively monitored” after returning from areas of China where the coronavirus is actively spreading.
Officials state that the two local residents are not infected with the virus, but are being monitored due to their potential exposure to the virus.
Based on the information currently known about the patient’s activities, there is no immediate health risk to the general public.
Two local entities, San Juan Public Health and Utah Navajo Health System, are in contact with the residents on a daily basis. They are under the guidance of both the Utah Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Public health monitoring of potential at-risk residents is designed to help ensure that if they develop symptoms of coronavirus, they will be isolated and referred for medical care.
The residents were identified through ongoing public health efforts to identify those who may have been exposed to the virus.
The residents being monitored record their temperatures twice a day, are on the lookout for symptoms, and are instructed to distance themselves, to the extent possible, from social gathering places in the community.
If they develop symptoms, they are instructed how to safely seek out appropriate medical care.