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COVID-19 multilingual resources & information

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In response to the COVID-19, or coronavirus, pandemic, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Salt Lake City is working hard to ensure the refugees we serve, and other immigrants in the community, are informed about the virus. By collecting resources shared with community partners, other IRC offices across the United States, and federal agencies, we hope this centralized resource list of language-accessible materials can be shared far and wide.

On this page you will find:

  1. Current Information
  2. How to prevent the spread of COVID-19
  3. What to do if you're sick
  4. Resources for Community Partners
  5. Spread facts, not myths
  6. Be aware of COVID-19 scams
  7. How you can help

Current information:

Stay up to date with national, state-wide, and local guidelines as we work together to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

Current information from the U.S. government found at Coronavirus.gov.

Current information from the Utah State government found at Coronavirus.utah.gov.

Current information from the Salt Lake County government found at slco.org/health/COVID-19/

Questions about COVID-19? Call the Utah COVID-19 Information Line at 1-800-456-7707.

How to prevent the spread of coronavirus:

Flyer describing ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 produced by the International Rescue Committee
  1. Wash your hands properly. Frequently clean your hands by using soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub. You can get the virus by touching a variety of common surfaces such as doorknobs. So, avoid touching your mouth, nose or eyes unless your hands are thoroughly cleaned.
  2. Cover your coughs and sneezes. When coughing and sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – discard the tissue immediately and wash your hands.
  3. Practice social/physical distancing. Avoid close contact (maintain at least six feet/two-meters distance) with other people in public and especially those who have a fever or a cough. Only leave your home for essential travel.
  4. Wear cloth face coverings in public. The CDC now recommends wearing a cloth face-covering in public settings where physical distancing is difficult to maintain (grocery stores, pharmacies, etc.). Continue to practice physical distancing while wearing face coverings.*
  5. Stay home, especially if you feel sick. If you are sick with fever or cough, stay home. Only leave your home for essential travel. Follow guidance and "Stay Home" orders given by your local, state and federal health officials.

Flyers created by the IRC (right) available as a PDF in these languages: Amharic, Arabic, Burmese, Dari/Farsi, English, French, Kinyarwanda, Nepali, Oromo, Russian, Swahili, Tigrinya. *Please note, as of Friday, April 3, the CDC now recommends wearing a cloth face-covering in "public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission."

Additional flyers created by the IRC in Salt Lake City provide additional guidance specific to stay physically distanced and wearing masks in the following languages:

Understanding physical distancing: Arabic, English, French, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Nepali, Spanish.

Wearing masks: Arabic, Dari, English, French, Karen, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Nepali, Spanish, Swahili, Tigrinya 

The Center for Disease Control & Prevent (CDC) also translated a helpful infographic focused on stopping the spread of germs available in Amharic, Arabic, Burmese, Chinese, Dari, English, Farsi, French, Korean, Nepali, Pashto, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Tigrinya, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese.

Additional resources from Salt Lake County, "10 things you can do to help prepare for COVID-19" available in Arabic, Chinese, English, Spanish, Vietnamese. Download PDF>

What to do if you’re feeling sick:

Flyer produced by the State of Idaho describing what to do if you're feeling sick.

Stay home and avoid contact with other people unless you need medical care. Consult a healthcare provider if you have severe or worsening symptoms, or are in a high-risk group.

Call your doctor or the Utah COVID-19 Information Line with questions about your symptoms: 1-800-456-7707*.

*Interpretation provided by LanguageLine Solutions is available after listening to the automated message when calling this hotline. Here is the list of languages support>

Before traveling to a clinic or hospital with symptoms, call your doctor, the clinic or the hospital. Share this message with your communities via language-accessible videos posted here>

The Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) translated COVID-19 fact sheets available as PDFs in Amharic, Arabic, Burmese, Chinese, Dari, English, Farsi, French, Nepali, Pashto, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Tigrinya, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese

Additional resources* available as a PDF in these languages (flyer to right): Arabic, Burmese, Nepali, Dari/Farsi, English, French, Karen, Kinyarwanda, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, and Tigrinya.

*Translations provided thanks to the efforts of the IRC in Boise and the IRC in Atlanta. Resources include a link to Idaho’s Coronavirus website. Visit Coronavirus.utah.gov for local information.

Resources for Community Partners:

  • Community partners can access a number of language-specific resources by visiting the IRC’s Switchboard Technical Assistance website. Switchboard COVID-19 resources found here> 
  • Additional resources compiled for refugee service providers and refugee families by the Cultural Orientation Resource Exchange found here>
  • Compendium of public health information in 240+ language covering COVID-19 found here>
  • Compiled resources organized by language can be found in our Facebook Photo Albums. Share this post or share individual Albums here>

Spread facts about COVID-19, not myths

Gather information and facts about coronavirus from reliable sources. When in doubt about a piece of information, call Utah’s COVID-19 Information Line at 1-800-546-7707.

Be aware of coronavirus scams

Some would profit off of vulnerable and at-risk populations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Be aware of common scams and misinformation used to defraud families.

  • Information from the Federal Trade Commission on their efforts to fight back against COVID-19 scams. Learn more>
  • Information from the Solicitor General at the Social Security Administration about how their official communications work and what to look out for in a scam. Learn more>

How you can help:

See a language missing from the lists above? Help us find volunteer translators who will make resources available to all refugee and immigrant communities in Salt Lake City. The IRC in Salt Lake City is also in need of various volunteer translators and interpreters to support our efforts to spread factual information about COVID-19. Reach out by email at SaltLakeCity [at] rescue.org.

Learn more about how you can help and get involved by visiting our COVID-19 Response Page>

Additional questions?

For questions about COVID-19, please find current information at Coronavirus.utah.gov or call the Utah COVID-19 Information Line at 800-546-7707.

Contact the IRC in Salt Lake City by email at SaltLakeCity [at] rescue.org or by phone at 801-328-1091.