Wasatch County has ordered cleaning and protective supplies to aid local businesses impacted by COVID-19. The county plans to make the supplies available as the community prepares for a gradual reopening of activity.
At a special Wasatch County Council meeting on Tuesday County Manager Mike Davis reported the county had ordered 50,000 surgical masks to arrive in the early part of May. Davis says although suppliers could not guarantee a date, the county did lock in a price on the masks in response to daily rising of costs. Davis says they also ordered hand sanitizer and a disinfectant cleaning supply that they plan to distribute to the business community through the Heber Valley Chamber of Commerce.
“We’ll be reimbursed for those costs,” Davis explained. “So they're not free. I think what we're trying to do right now is—there may be a need for other people as well—but I think we're trying to focus on the businesses to try to get them going. If we can receive more maybe we can help some of the public out as well, but right now it's geared toward business.”
Wasatch County Health Department Director Randall Probst says they’ve heard that a few businesses do have some of their own protective and cleaning supplies, but that getting additional supplies is difficult.
“A lot of these companies only want to sell in 10,000 units and they've got enough buyers they don't want to spit up any small orders,” Probst said. “So I think this is huge. It's marvelous that the county, and cities, and the Health Department are financially in a place where that can happen to help move that forward.”
Council member Mark Nelson also addressed small business owners anxious to hear details about how and when the county might open up. Nelson said they will have more information ahead of May 1st.
“As we approach that date, they can expect that we will come out sometime before then with another order,” Nelson continued. “We’ll need to make whatever the appropriate changes are at the time and they'll be very much looking forward to that.”
Probst encouraged businesses with questions about necessary supplies, and general inquiries about economic response to COVID-19 in the valley to reach out to the Heber Valley Chamber of Commerce.