Students speak out for masks during state COVID-19 update

Aug 26, 2020, 1:53 PM

students masks...

Students at Enterprise High School in Washington County asked their parents not to protest the wearing of masks so they can stay in school. Gov. Gary Herbert invited three of those students to speak at a news conference Wednesday. Photo: Screen grab from Facebook

SALT LAKE CITY — Students from Enterprise High School in Washington County spoke at a news conference alongside Gov. Gary Herbert on Wednesday to explain why they don’t want their parents to protest wearing masks. 

Students say masks help them stay in school

The students were part of the group who stood up in support of wearing masks at a football game Friday night. One of the three students, Dallee Cobb, also spoke this week with KSL NewsRadio’s Dave & Dujanovic

“We want to be here. And we don’t want parents to be pushing this agenda… because we’re willing to do it,” Cobb said Wednesday via Zoom. “We want to be here.” 

She and two other students spoke briefly to say that wearing masks allows them to keep going to school, which is what they want. They say they don’t want to be sent home again by COVID-19 like they were in the spring. 

“We the adults ought to follow that lead,” Herbert said at the end of the news conference, describing the students as wise beyond their years. 

School year different, but promising

Tami Pyfer, the governor’s education advisor, praised the efforts of school districts across the state to open the school year. She said there have been challenges, but everyone is working hard to address them, whether the learning is happening online or in-person. 

“I feel like we’re off to a great start for the school year,” she said. 

Utah Department of Health Epidemiologist Dr. Angela Dunn said Utahns’ collective work to slow the spread of coronavirus shows in the progress over the month of August. At the beginning of the month, she said the state recorded a rolling 7-day average of new cases of nearly 500; at the end of the month, that number is closer to 400. 

“I’m confident that we can continue moving in this direction. Let’s stay committed to doing what we know works,” she said. 

Daily COVID-19 case counts released

State health officials reported 407 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, along with four additional deaths attributed to the virus. That means since the beginning of the outbreak, Utah has recorded 50,174 cases of coronavirus and 401 deaths. The state says 118 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19; 40 of those patients are in intensive care. 

Of those who died, health officials said all four are men. The health department identified the youngest, a Davis County resident, as between the ages of 25 and 44, but did not know if that person was a patient in a hospital or a long-term care facility. The other three were residents of Salt Lake County, Utah County, and Wasatch County; all were residents of long-term care facilities, and all were over the age of 45. 

The state considers 41,937 of its total coronavirus cases “recovered,” meaning diagnosis came more than three weeks ago and the patient did not die.

Decline in testing

Both Herbert and Dunn noted a drop in the total number of COVID-19 tests performed in recent days; Dunn suggested it could be the result of fewer people experiencing symptoms. However, she encouraged people who feel sick to get tested. 

Herbert asked Dunn if cost might be keeping some people from being tested. 

“For the vast majority of people out there, if you have to get tested because it’s medically necessary… it is free,” Dunn said. 

Herbert urged anyone with any one of the typical coronavirus symptoms to seek testing. The symptoms can include fever, cough, shortness of breath, body aches and pains, loss of taste or smell, and other symptoms.

How To Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus

COVID-19 coronavirus spreads person to person, similar to the common cold and the flu. So, to prevent it from spreading:

  • Wash hands frequently and thoroughly, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds.
  • Don’t touch your face.
  • Keep children and those with compromised immune systems away from someone who is coughing or sneezing (in this instance, at least six feet)
  • If there is an outbreak near you, practice social distancing (stay at home, instead of going to the movies, sports events, or other activities.)
  • Get a flu shot.

Local resources

KSL Coronavirus Q&A 

Utah’s Coronavirus Information 

Utah State Board of Education

Utah Hospital Association

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Utah Coronavirus Information Line – 1-800-456-7707

National Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Commonly asked questions, World Health Organization

Cases in the United States

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

All News

Image of TV remote featuring Netflix button. Netflix may direct customers to stop paying for their ...

Samantha Delouya, CNN

You may lose access to your Netflix account if you’re paying through Apple

The update by Netflix comes after years of pushback from apps in Apples iOS App Store for taking a 30% cut of all in-app purchases.

25 minutes ago

Liver and kidney transplant patient Luis Campos says he's grateful he had a Spanish-speaking team....

Eric Cabrera

Murray kidney clinic helping the Latino community

MURRAY, Utah — Intermountain Health has taken steps to address healthcare in Latino communities by opening Utah’s first fully Spanish-speaking Kidney Transplant Clinic. The Intermountain Clinica Hispana de Riñon (Hispanic Kidney Clinic), in Murray, aims to provide a space for members of the Latino community navigating the complex kidney transplant process. The clinic has bilingual professionals, […]

9 hours ago

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter captured this image of the Intuitive Machines Nova-C lander, al...

Jackie Wattles, CNN

Odysseus lunar lander shares new photos from its harrowing descent

The vehicle softly touched down on the moon on Thursday, becoming the first US-made lander to do so since the Apollo era.

10 hours ago

FILE: Sen. Mike McKell, R-Spanish Fork, and Rep. Jordan Teuscher, R-South Jordan, speak about their...

Aimee Cobabe

Bill allowing parents to sue social media companies moves closer to becoming law

HB464 gives Utah parents the power to sue a social media company if their child develops mental health issues after using the apps

12 hours ago

FILE: An Angel bike given to the family of Eli Mitchell in April, 2023. Mitchell was hit and killed...

Britt Johnson

Families of drunk driving victims fight possible new Utah liquor license legislation

The bill sponsored by Rep. Jefferson Burton would increase the number of liquor licenses issued by the state of Utah.

13 hours ago

Vehicles at Weber Fire District Station shown, the station responded to an oil spill in ogden today...

Dan Bammes

Ogden Hazmat responds to oily spill on 21st Street and I-15

The spill resulted in a level 2, or moderate, hazmat response with the priority of keeping the mixture off of I-15 in Ogden.

13 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Mother and cute toddler child in a little fancy wooden cottage, reading a book, drinking tea and en...

Visit Bear Lake

How to find the best winter lodging in Bear Lake, Utah

Winter lodging in Bear Lake can be more limited than in the summer, but with some careful planning you can easily book your next winter trip.

Happy family in winter clothing at the ski resort, winter time, watching at mountains in front of t...

Visit Bear Lake

Ski more for less: Affordable ski resorts near Bear Lake, Utah

Plan your perfect ski getaway in Bear Lake this winter, with pristine slopes, affordable tickets, and breathtaking scenery.

front of the Butch Cassidy museum with a man in a cowboy hat standing in the doorway...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Looking Back: The History of Bear Lake

The history of Bear Lake is full of fascinating stories. At over 250,000 years old, the lake has seen generations of people visit its shores.

silhouette of a family looking over a lake with a bird in the top corner flying...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

8 Fun Activities To Do in Bear Lake Without Getting in the Water

Bear Lake offers plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy without having to get in the water. Catch 8 of our favorite activities.

Wellsville Mountains in the spring with a pond in the foreground...

Wasatch Property Management

Advantages of Renting Over Owning a Home

Renting allows you to enjoy luxury amenities and low maintenance without the long-term commitment and responsibilities of owning a home.

Clouds over a red rock vista in Hurricane, Utah...

Wasatch Property Management

Why Southern Utah is a Retirement Paradise

Retirement in southern Utah offers plenty of cultural and recreational opportunities. Find out all that this region has to offer.

Students speak out for masks during state COVID-19 update