Public Health Response
Funding of mitigation efforts, medical expenses, behavioral healthcare, and certain public health and safety staff
- Mitigate the spread of COVID-19 – vaccination, vaccination incentives, testing, contact tracing, quarantine costs, capacity enhancements, related activities.
- Behavioral Healthcare – mental health, substance misuse treatment, crisis intervention, related services.
- Payroll and covered benefits - public health, healthcare, human services, and public safety employees for the actual tracked time the employee spends responding to, or their entire payroll if they are “primarily dedicated” to responding to, the COVID-19 public health emergency.
- Primarily Dedicated means public health or public safety employees where the County can show the employee spends a majority of their time responding to the COVID-19 public health emergency
- Administrative Time. Payroll and benefits of actual time spent by an employee on administrative work necessary due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Public Health Projects
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The goal from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is a vaccination rate of >70% of the population. Salt Lake County Health Department (SLCoHD) aims to exceed the national goal by fully vaccinating 70% of eligible residents. Vaccination remains the strongest protection against severe illness and death. Data from 2/1/2021 through 11/19/2021 indicates unvaccinated Utah residents are 7.9 times greater risk of dying and 6.6 times greater risk of being hospitalized due to COVID-19.
|SLCo Health COVID-19 Dashboard|
Mayor Wilson and the Salt Lake County Council determined it is in the best interest of Salt Lake County to provide a vaccine incentive to employees to encourage vaccine uptake. It is imperative that those providing services to the public are healthy and that we minimize time away from work due to illness. The vaccine incentive program addressed both of those concerns. Finally, because Salt Lake County is self-insured for health insurance, helping employees avoid COVID hospitalizations makes financial sense for Salt Lake County.
The program was warmly welcomed by the County employees and their households. Nearly 250 employees received their vaccine after the announcement of the incentive. Salt Lake County also created a toolkit for other public and private entities to replicate the program.
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