SLC mayor asks county council members to support Dr. Angela Dunn

Aug 10, 2021, 4:32 PM
SLC mask mayor asks for support for dunn...
FILE: Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall spoke to reporters outside Emerson Elementary School on Sept. 10, 2020. Photo: KSL NewsRadio

SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall revealed a letter she’d written to members of the Salt Lake County Council urging them to support masks for schools — if Dr. Angela Dunn deems them necessary.

In the letter, she asked the council members to support Dunn, who heads up the Salt Lake County Health Department, if she recommends a mask requirement for K-12 schools in Salt Lake County.

“A potential for three or four children to be hospitalized with COVID-1 each week if nothing is done,” Mendenhall said, “combined with data showing the correlation between mask use and a reduction in cases is clear and straightforward.”

Mayor asks for support for Dunn

Mendenhall noted that most counties in Utah, including Salt Lake County, are categorized (using the state’s index) as being in a “high transmission status” related to COVID-19.


“Case numbers continue to surge while vaccinations are stagnating and there is no indication that cases will stop increasing until kids under 12 are eligible for the vaccine,” Mendenhall said.

“Through this lens,” the Mayor’s letter continued, “the danger to our children isn’t in wearing a small, life-saving face covering during school hours.

“The danger is in schools having to close down, yet again, because of a rampant virus, or much worse, our children getting sick, spreading the virus, needing hospital treatment, suffering the unknown long term side effects, or even dying.”


This story will be updated.



Today’s Top Stories


Utah Teacher of Year 2023...
Mark Jones

Delta teacher named 2023 Utah Teacher of the Year

An agriculture, biology, leadership, and communications teacher at the Delta Technical Center, Chad Warnick has been selected as the 2023 Utah Teacher of the Year.
24 days ago
bachelor's degree at SUU human trafficking scholarships...
Curt Gresseth

Preferred pronouns collide with the First Amendment at SUU

Preferred pronouns are in the news. At Southern Utah University, a professor is suing the school over referring to a student by the student's preferred pronouns of they/them.
1 month ago
UTA employees look over the New Flyer Xcelsior 60-foot articulated bus in Salt Lake City on Friday,...
Chandler Holt

Salt Lake City school district and UTA to give transit passes to students

The Salt Lake City school district and UTA have partnered to give transit passes to 25,000 students, staff and faculty.
1 month ago
utah student achievement COVID-19...
Elizabeth Weiler

‘Meet the students where they are at’

SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake City schools are taking a newer approach to make sure students feel welcome and prepared to come to school. The efforts in motion involve school officials meeting students within their own communities. Something Meadowlark Elementary School Principal, Maggie Cummings calls, “meeting students where they’re at.” A practice that was […]
1 month ago
Utah learning recession...
Adam Small

Inflation limiting school supplies in classrooms

As inflation remains high, many teachers around the state are left looking for a way to fund the need for supplies.
1 month ago
Mark Jackson

Most Murray City school students start back on Monday

Murray City schools are back in session tomorrow for most district students. Students in first through 6th grades, and 8th and 12th graders will report on Monday.
2 months ago

Sponsored Articles

Young woman receiving laser treatment...
Form Derm Spa

How facial plastic surgery and skincare are joining forces

Facial plastic surgery is not only about looking good but about feeling good too. The medical team at Form Spa are trained to help you reach your aesthetic outcomes through surgery and through skincare and dermatology, too.
large group of friends tohether in a park having fun...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

What differentiates BYU’s MBA program from other MBA programs

Commitment to service is at the heart of BYU’s MBA program, which makes it stand out among other MBA programs across the country.
a worker with a drill in an orange helmet installs a door in the house...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

Home improvement tip: Increase the value of your home by weatherproofing doors

Make sure your home is comfortable before the winter! Seasonal maintenance keeps your home up to date. Read our tips on weatherproofing doors.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
A paper reading IRS, internal revenue service is pictured...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
SLC mayor asks county council members to support Dr. Angela Dunn