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Salt Lake County Mayor urges continued face mask wearing

FILE -- Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson talks about a spike in COVID-19 cases during a press conference outside of the Westside Senior Citizen’s Center in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. (Deseret News)

SALT LAKE COUNTY– Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson wants people to still wear face masks when they are out in public, even after the statewide mask mandate ends on April 10th. 

She says later this week, Salt Lake County’s Health Department and County Council will determine if a mask mandate continues in Salt Lake County.

“Regardless of their decision, Salt Lake County residents should continue to wear masks while in public until many more of our residents receive the vaccine and we are closer to herd immunity. Businesses, large and small, should continue the requirement as well,” she said in a written statement and a video posted to Twitter Monday night.

Wilson said in the spirit of the NCAA National Championship game, she would use some sports analogies: “Let’s not lose the game in the 8th inning, and let’s not spike the ball before the end zone.”

Hospitalizations and deaths are declining in Utah as vaccinations increase. But Wilson said not all service workers have received the vaccine yet, and kids cannot get it yet, so there is still risk.

Public schools will still require masks after April 10th. Businesses can also keep requiring them and people can still choose to wear them.

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How To Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus

COVID-19 coronaviruses transmitted from person to person. It is a virus that is 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.
  • Wear a mask.
  • 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.
  • Get vaccinated.

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

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