Wasatch County EMS Crews Taking Extra Precautions During COVID-19

Last week Wasatch County Emergency Medical Services responded to a home where COVID-19 was present. The crew has been in self-isolation since, with no symptoms thus far. EMS crews in the county are continuing to take extra precautions.

Last Friday Wasatch County EMS personnel responded to a call to assist a patient who was later confirmed to have COVID-19. As a result, the ambulance was decontaminated and the EMS responders who transported the patient have been placed in self-isolation for a few days while their symptoms are monitored. Public Information Officer Janet Carson reports the isolated crew is in good spirits.

“The crew is doing great, they did go home to quarantine,” Carson continued. “We’ve got all their shifts filled and they are having no symptoms. They did have on full PPE, but just as a precaution, we asked them to quarantine during this shift. They have been tested and we don’t have the result back yet, but the doctor said everything looked like they’re going to be good to come back to work.”

The EMS crew did have on full personal protective equipment, or PPE, but have been placed in isolation as a precaution. Carson says crews are wearing PPE on every call and decontaminate at the end of shifts.

“That includes a gown, booties, extra-long gloves, goggles, a mask,” Carson said. “Then after it’s quite a process to clean up the ambulance. You know after we transported somebody, we have to decon(taminate) and then we have to decon(taminate) the whole ambulance and everything that’s in it. So, it kind of a process just transporting somebody like that to make it safe for the next patient.”

Because of that EMS is asking those with COVID-19 symptoms to drive themselves to the hospital if at all possible.

“It’s important that we stay healthy so that we can take care of everyone, not just people with COVID-19. The ones that are in the car accident. So as little as contact with possible is a good thing,” Carson explained. “So whenever possible drive themselves to the hospital, but there is a number we can give them to call the hospital to let them know they’re coming. Yesterday we responded to someone who had some of the symptoms and we went to the house, talked to them on the phone. The wife put the husband in the car and we followed them to the hospital in case there was a problem. That seems to be the best way to do things, if at all possible, right now.”

Carson advises that residents continue to listen to health officials. The isolated crews are scheduled to take two tests, if their results come back negative, they will be cleared to work again.

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Heber Valley Artisan Cheese held their 2nd annual Ice Sculptures Exhibition this weekend. Several local businesses sponsored the sculptures being displayed. There were also two different ice carving demonstrations. The event was free to the public.

The annual event began last year when Carolee Kohler saw ice sculpting on a Hallmark movie and thought it would be a fun idea for their farm. They are also considering a woodcarving event.

According to Lindsey Strother, social media and events coordinator, each sculpture takes between 1-3 hours to carve. “We contacted Amazing Ice Creations back in November, and we reached out to local companies to sponsor the ice sculptures,” she said. “Yesterday morning around 9 am, they came in a massive truck and dropped them all off for us, and we set them up.”

Along with the ice sculptures, sponsors receive a sign and canopy for the display and social media marketing. The sponsors decide what they want to have sculpted. After the event, they can take the ice sculptures and display them at their businesses. The creations normally last a couple of weeks. Some will be left in the field and can be viewed throughout the week.

The ice this year included Olaf, company logos, animals, and other items. Darron Kingston, the sculptor, has carved ice for over 10 years with his dad. According to Kingston, “I like sculptures that give me a challenge. Here, for example, my favorite was the lumberjack.” One of his favorite past creations was a 9-foot bear.

Grant Kohler, owner of Heber Valley Artisan Cheese, explained, “We decided to do something that was free and something that people could just get out and come and enjoy. Especially this year with Covid, it seems like Januarys are slow months. People are looking for things to be able to get outside and do.” He continued, “Businesses pay in and buy the sculptures, we have them sculpted, and then we just let people come and enjoy them.” Kohler estimated around 3,000 to 4,000 people will stop by the event.

The dairy farm also offers cheese-making classes and tours of their new robotic barn. “The tours are everyday except Sunday,” according to Kohler. “People hayride over, intermingle with the cows, see the barn and amenities, and watch the cows be milked. The cows will literally go get milked on their own.” Tickets for the tours and other events are available on the Heber Valley Artisan Cheese website: https://hebervalleyartisancheese.com/.