The June edition of The Eagle’s View is now ready for your enjoyment. This month, we hear more about mental health, steps to take when washing your car, and learn about camp fire safety.

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A fireworks restriction map for 2022 covering the July 4th and 24th holidays was approved by Eagle Mountain City in April. Please see the maps included here for more information on restricted areas.
In addition to the adopted maps, in fireworks-restricted areas, Eagle Mountain City may approve a City-owned park as an alternate fireworks discharge location. That list of approved parks will be developed and shared with the public prior to the July 2-5 and July 22-25 legal fireworks discharge periods. Eagle Mountain residents should be aware of the following sections of Utah state code.

53-7-225.1. Civil liability.

(1) (a) An individual who negligently, recklessly, or intentionally causes or spreads a fire through discharge of a class C explosive is liable for the cost of suppressing that fire and any damages the fire causes.
(b) If the individual described in Subsection (1)(a is a minor, the parent or legal guardian having custody of the minor is liable for the costs and damages for which the minor is liable under this section.

Residents planning to discharge fireworks in Eagle Mountain in 2022 are asked to respect the safety of their neighbors and the community, pay attention to changing winds and weather patterns, and remain mindful of undeveloped areas that may have an increased likelihood of wildfire.

Additional UFA map of restricted areas in Eagle Mountain.

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Updated 06/20/22

What You Need to Know

  • CDC recommends everyone ages 6 months and older get vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • Everyone 5 years and older should also get a COVID-19 booster, if eligible.
  • More information on children & teens receiving the COVID-19 vaccine can be found on the CDC COVID-19 website.

Children and Teens Who Have Already Had COVID-19 Should Still Get Vaccinated

Emerging evidence indicates that people can get added protection by getting vaccinated after having been infected with the virus that causes COVID-19.   Even if a child has had COVID-19, they should still get vaccinated. For children who have been infected with COVID-19, their next dose can be delayed 3 months from when symptoms started or, if they did not have symptoms, when they received a positive test. This possible delay can happen with a primary dose or a booster dose.

Read the science about immunity from COVID-19 infection and vaccination.

The CDC now recommends a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for children 5 and older. They can receive a booster if it’s been at least 5 months since they completed the primary vaccination series. The booster is shown to raise antibody levels in this age group, keeping them and the people around them protected from COVID. Like the primary vaccine series, the COVID booster is safe and effective. Talk to your child’s doctor if you have questions.

We are seeing an increase of COVID-19 across the state right now as well as an increase in the number of people who are being hospitalized. Given trends in other areas of the country, we expect to see sustained increases over the coming weeks.

This is a good reminder that if you aren’t up-to-date on your COVID-19 vaccinations, including getting a booster dose, now is the time to do so. The vaccines provide protection from COVID-19 and can protect you from serious illness and the inconveniences of missed work and other activities.

Research from CDC shows that a booster shot dramatically reduces your risk for severe illness from COVID, especially if you’re at high-risk for serious disease. In fact, data shows that the booster dose is actually more effective at reducing risk in vulnerable people than in average, healthy people.

A booster dose could save your life. CDC says “Protection against infection and death during the Delta-predominant period and against infection during the Omicron emergence were higher among booster vaccine dose recipients…”

Individuals age 50+, or who are 12+ with a qualifying medical condition, may receive a second booster 4 months after their initial booster. Additionally, adults who received a Johnson & Johnson primary dose and a Johnson & Johnson booster dose may receive a second booster of an mRNA vaccine 4 months after initial booster.

The CDC has updated and shortened the recommended isolation and quarantine period for the general population. Details can be found on their website.

Choosing Your COVID-19 Booster Shot

Three COVID-19 vaccines are authorized or approved for use in the United States to prevent COVID-19. Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna (COVID-19 mRNA vaccines) are preferred.  You may get Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine in some situations.

Who Can Get a Booster Shot

IF YOU RECEIVED
Pfizer-BioNTech

Who should get a booster:

  • Everyone 12 years and older

When to get a booster:

  • At least 5 months after completing your primary COVID-19 vaccination series

Which booster can you get:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna (mRNA COVID-19 vaccines) are preferred in most* situations
  • Teens 12–17 years old may only get a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine booster

IF YOU RECEIVED
Moderna

Who should get a booster:

  • Adults 18 years and older

When to get a booster:

  • At least 5 months after completing your primary COVID-19 vaccination series

Which booster can you get:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna (mRNA COVID-19 vaccines) are preferred in most* situations

IF YOU RECEIVED
Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen*

Who should get a booster:

  • Adults 18 years and older

When to get a booster:

  • At least 2 months after receiving your J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccination

Which booster can you get:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna (mRNA COVID-19 vaccines) are preferred in most* situations

*Although mRNA vaccines are preferred, J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine may be considered in some situations.

Update: Individuals age 50+, or who are 12+ with a qualifying medical condition, may receive a second booster 4 months after their initial booster. Additionally, adults who received a Johnson & Johnson primary dose and a Johnson & Johnson booster dose may receive a second booster of an mRNA vaccine 4 months after initial booster.

Scheduling Your Booster Shot

If you need help scheduling your booster shot, contact the location that set up your previous appointment. If you need to get your booster shot in a location different from where you received your previous shot, there are several ways you can find a vaccine provider.

What to Expect during and after Your Booster Shot Appointment

  • Bring your CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record card to your booster shot appointment so your provider can fill in the information about your booster dose. If you did not receive a card at your first appointment, contact the vaccination site where you got your first shot or your state health department to find out how you can get a card.
  • You may experience side effects after getting a COVID-19 vaccine. These are normal signs that your body is building protection against COVID-19.
  • Use v-safe to tell CDC about any side effects. If you enter your booster shot in your v-safe account, the system will send you daily health check-ins.

If You Were Vaccinated Outside of the United States

If you completed a Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, or J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine primary series outside of the United States you should follow the guidance above for booster shots. 

Otherwise, if you were vaccinated abroad with other COVID-19 vaccines you can get a booster shot if you are 18 years or older and you either: 

If you meet the above requirements you can get a single booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after getting all recommended doses or completing a mix and match COVID-19 vaccine series.

Data Supporting Need for a Booster Shot

Studies show after getting vaccinated against COVID-19, protection against the virus and the ability to prevent infection with variants may decrease over time.

Although COVID-19 vaccination remains effective in preventing severe disease, recent data pdf icon[1 MB, 68 pages] suggest vaccination becomes less effective over time, especially in people aged 65 and older and at preventing infection or milder illness with symptoms.

  • The recent emergence of the Omicron variant (B.1.1.529) further emphasizes the importance of vaccination, boosters, and prevention efforts needed to protect against COVID-19. Early data from South Africa suggest increased transmissibility of the Omicron variant and the potential for immune evasion.
  • Emerging evidence also shows that among healthcare and other frontline workers, vaccine effectiveness against COVID-19 infections is also decreasing over time.
  • This lower effectiveness is likely due to the combination of decreasing protection as time passes since getting vaccinated, as well as the greater infectiousness of the Delta variant.

Data from clinical trials showed that a booster shot increased the immune response in trial participants who finished a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna primary series 6 months earlier or who received a J&J/Janssen single-dose vaccine 2 months earlier. With an increased immune response, people should have improved protection against COVID-19, including the Delta variant. For Pfizer-BioNTech and J&J/Janssen, clinical trials also showed that a booster shot helped prevent COVID-19 with symptoms.

For additional information on COVID-19 booster shots, visit this website for the Center for Disease Control.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has now approved the Pfizer vaccine and boosters for children age 5-11. They must receive the Pfizer vaccine. Pharmacies and pediatricians are ready to administer the vaccine or you may check the Utah County Health Department website (link below) to schedule at one of their locations. Please be sure to schedule the appointment where the Pfizer vaccine is being administered. If you have questions regarding your child receiving the vaccine, please contact your pediatrician.

Minors must be accompanied by their parent or guardian, or, if another adult accompanies them, the minor can’t receive the vaccine unless the parent or guardian has either signed the COVID-19 vaccine form or gives permission over the phone.

For upcoming vaccination events (Booster or 1st and 2nd Doses) please visit this website or call the Utah County Health Department (801) 851-4357.

Utah County is now at low risk level on the transmission index. You can view the current risk level recommendations here.

Vaccine eligibility is open to all Utah residents ages 5 and up. If you are 5 to 17 years old, you can only receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Visit this website to find a location that offers the Pfizer vaccine. As more people get vaccinated, it increases health protection for everyone and will help things get back to normal faster.

For all others, find where to schedule booster or 1st and 2nd dose appointments here. Use the link at the top of the page that says “Where can I get vaccinated?”

Nearby COVID-19 testing locations can be found at this website. This same website also gives up to date information on the rapid antigen testing status.

Eagle Mountain City is recommending residents irrigate their lawns in alignment with state recommendations.

Currently the City is recommending watering your lawn once per week in Utah County. This recommendation is created from moisture in the forecast and prevailing temperatures.

Eagle Mountain wants residents to be able to manage their lawns with the best information. Recently, the City took the time to update its water conservation web page. This resource helps residents find rebate programs, helpful lawn watering tips, stay in line with state recommendations and learn more about Utah’s ongoing drought. Visit the updated Water Conservation page here.

Eagle Mountain City has added new features and additional information for the events it hosts throughout the year to its website.

The newly revised events page allows residents to retrieve better information for major events such as Pony Express Days, Christmas Village, or the Turkey Trot. It also increases convenience by allowing residents to add events to their calendar and obtain directions to the event.

Vendors are also encouraged to watch this page for relevant sign-up information and use the page as a reference for planning services throughout the year.

Residents can take advantage of any of these free community events throughout the year.  

Eagle Mountain City announced its plans to hire a Wildlife Biologist and Environmental Planner in March.

The City, in cooperation with local wildlife advocates, is placing greater emphasis on the conservation of open spaces and the protection of wildlife. This new position is unique in the state of Utah and is designed to help facilitate dialogue with concerned community members while guiding the City in its development and decision-making process.

Todd Black, who was recently announced as the City’s hire for the position, brings many years of experience in wildlife research. Black has worked in outreach and education through Utah State University and has previously worked alongside private landowners and large corporations.

“As far as I know, this is the first time ever I’ve heard of a municipality hiring a wildlife biologist,” said Black.

Many residents have expressed an interest in the protection of wildlife in Eagle Mountain. As a result, the City will utilize this new position to advise around code enforcement, planning and development, and potential City Code amendments in future years.

Already, Eagle Mountain has made strides in the areas of conservation and development. The City was the first in the state of Utah to create a Wildlife Corridor Overlay Zone. This type of zoning allows for the protection of elk, pronghorn and mule deer migration patters through the Cedar Valley and acts in cooperation with private landowners to better consider the needs of these species.

“I think having somebody like myself in this position will help look at it from a new set of eyes,” said Black.

Eagle Mountain City continues to consider the possibility of an advisory group of residents to help advise the City in conservation matters. Please be sure to check out our Wildlife and Conservation web page to learn more about conservation in Eagle Mountain.

Windy conditions may have landed tumbleweeds on your property.  Disposing of them can be quite an undertaking. Here are a few reminders:

Residents have several options for removal, including:

-Flattening the tumbleweeds and disposing of them at a local landfill (the City provides two free dump passes per year available at Eagle Mountain City Hall)

-Burning the tumbleweeds in a burn barrel while staying mindful of potential dangers, including: structures, wind, and flammable materials. Residents should also avoid burning trash in burn barrels.

-Contacting the City in extreme and overwhelming cases to potentially provide resources, such as a dumpster, for removal through the Resident Portal (determinations made on a case-by-case basis by the Streets department). https://eaglemountaincity.com/portal/

If you notice tumbleweeds obstructing the roadway, please contact Eagle Mountain City. Our Streets department is happy to respond to road hazards.

Many public areas around Eagle Mountain are a great place to ride Off-Highway Vehicles (OHVs). These areas are part of what make Eagle Mountain a fun and unique place to live.

Staying safe with your OHV is not only important for keeping the community attractive, but it’s also important for the safety of the individuals riding.

The state of Utah and Eagle Mountain City have laws that govern the use of OHVs. Residents are encouraged to familiarize themselves with these codes by visiting Eagle Mountain City’s Trails web page here.

Parents are also being encouraged to talk to their kids about the possible dangers of OHV use.

When parents take time to tell their children that their safety is cared about and teenaged riders are comfortable respecting the safety of themselves and those in the community, we can keep making Eagle Mountain an amazing place to experience the outdoors.