COVID-19 Resident Resources
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) has been signed into law, providing over $2 trillion in federally-funded aid. Read a full summary of the legislation.
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) has been adopted, effective April 1, 2020. This Act provides funding for programs and initiatives combating the spread and effects of COVID-19, as well as funding for employees and businesses impacted. Read a summary of the legislation.
The following is a list of resources available to residents of South Salt Lake who are dealing with the direct and indirect effects of the COVID-19 outbreak. As a city, we must work together to ensure that all our residents are kept aware of the situation as it develops, as well as any options and opportunities to help others and be helped. If you have further questions, please call the Utah Coronavirus Information Line: 1-800-456-7707.
FOOD/MEDICAL DELIVERY/PICKUP OPTIONS
- During Summer, 2021, Granite School District will provide free meals to all children under the age of 18. Gran-and-go meals will be available for pick-up Monday-Friday from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm. Meals will include lunch and breakfast for the following day. For a list of meal locations or to learn more, click here.
- Columbus Senior Center, in partnership with Meals on Wheels. will be providing both delivery and pickup meals for elderly residents. For either service, please call 385.468.3340 the day before you would like to receive your meal. If you do not have reliable transportation, please provide your address for our delivery drivers. If you are picking up your meal, stop by the Center between 11:30am and 1:30pm. Your meal will be safely delivered directly to your vehicle. As recommended by the CDC, all pickups and deliveries will be handled with an abundance of caution, with drivers and workers avoiding direct contact with residents and one another.
- Utah Food Bank provides several helpful services, and is continuing the regular operation of food pantries throughout Utah. Check out their calendar for more information on mobile pantries, where you can pick up meals in lieu of visiting your local food pantry. The Food Bank also runs the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), which provides elderly residents with a free monthly food box (good for 10 days). Fill out the application here. Funding for local food banks has been increased under the FFCRA.
- Salt Lake County Meals on Wheels is continuing their regular services for elderly residents of the county, though drivers will be taking extra precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Call 385.468.3200, or see their full document for more info.
- The Utah Women, Infants and Children (WIC) provides meals and services to pregnant and breastfeeding women, as well as young children. Learn more or apply for benefits. WIC funding has been expanded under the FFCRA for low-income pregnant women and mothers who have lost employment due to COVID-19.
- Utah Community Action provides several helpful services for those without a secure housing situation. Services include rental assistance, landlord-tenant mediation and homelessness services. More information can be found on their website.
- Utah Low Income Housing provides a curated list of affordable housing opportunities within your area. Their sister site, rentassistance.us, provides a similar list of rent assistance resources, sorted by geographic area.
HEALTH INSURANCE INFORMATION
- Utah Unemployment Insurance provides health coverage for those who are unemployed through no fault of their own. If you have lost your job as a result of the impacts of COVID-19, you may qualify. Learn more.
- Medicare provides health coverage for elderly residents and those with severe chronic illnesses. Given that these patients are at a heightened risk from COVID-19, Medicare covers lab testing for the virus, all “medically necessary hospitalizations”, and access to any potential vaccines or medication which is forthcoming. See their webpage for more information.
- Utah Medicaid covers medical expenses for those with limited income and resources. If you do not have health insurance, click here to see if you qualify for Medicaid coverage. You can also apply for Medicaid benefits here. Funding for Medicaid has been increased under the FFCRA.
- COBRA Continuation Coverage provides health insurance coverage for those who are experiencing a lapse in employment. If you are no longer employed due to the effects of COVID-19, you may qualify for continued health care coverage. Learn more about COBRA.
HOW TO GET TESTED
if you are experiencing symptoms similar to COVID-19, do not go directly to your local doctor or hospital: this increases the risk of further transmission.
- Call Utah's Coronavirus Info Line at 1-800-456-7707 to discuss your symptoms;
- Call Intermountain Healthcare's COVID-19 Info Line at 844-442-5224 to see if testing is the best option; or
- Contact your local healthcare provider for guidance.
- Click here to find a testing location near you.
- TestUtah is a digital testing tool created by Silicon Slopes in partnership with the State of Utah. The site is designed to identify whether you should be tested for COVID-19, based on your current symptoms. Take the test today.
- The Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, is a national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to disaster. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.
- Intermountain Healthcare and the University of Utah’s Neuropsychiatric Institute (UNI) have established an Emotional Health Support line to aid all Utahns. The number is 833-442-2211.
- Interpretation is available in 20 languages.
United Way of Utah has established a Community Response Fund for COVID-19 which gets residents in touch with:
Housing and homelessness assistance
Healthcare services for vulnerable populations
211 information and referral
If you have the time or resources, there are many opportunities to donate and volunteer with helpful community programs. See the following list of links for more information on each.
- Granite School District: DONATE HERE; VOLUNTEER INFO HERE
- COVID Mutual Aid:contact the organization at firstname.lastname@example.org to VOLUNTEER.
- Columbus Senior Center: DONATE HERE, or call 385.468.3240 to learn about volunteering opportunities
- Utah Food Bank: SPONSOR/SUPPORT A VIRTUAL FOOD DRIVE HERE; to volunteer, see their webpage on updated COVID-19 volunteer guidelines.
- Meals on Wheels: DONATE HERE; VOLUNTEER INFO HERE
- United Way of Utah: DONATE TO COMMUNITY RESPONSE FUND; Volunteering opportunities presently suspended