EDUCATION + SCHOOLS

Tooele County issues mask order for schools meeting COVID-19 threshold

Sep 3, 2021, 3:37 PM | Updated: Aug 2, 2022, 12:38 pm
test to stay tooele county tooele high...
FILE: Entrance of the Tooele County Health Department. Photo credit: Paul Nelson

TOOELE, Utah  — The Tooele County Health Department has issued a mask order for schools that meet a particular COVID-19 case threshold. 

Under Senate Bill 107, passed earlier this year by the Utah Legislature, county health departments can issue such orders for schools experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks. 

The order states that masks must be worn for 30 days if: 

  • 2% of students in a school with 1,500 or more students test positive for COVID-19
  • 30 or more students in a school with fewer than 1,500 students test positive for COVID-19

Tooele health officials said only students who test positive and attended some in-person class over a 14-day period would be counted toward the threshold. 

Other counties issuing similar orders

The Summit County Health Department issued a nearly identical order last month. There, the same criteria must be met before masks can be required in a school. 

The Salt Lake City School District is skipping the case threshold requirement and mandating masks be worn in all its schools this year. 

Are masks effective in schools? 

University of Utah Health released a study last month showing the effectiveness of masking in public schools. 

A pediatric infectious disease specialist with the healthcare network said the COVID-19 transmission rate is less than 1% in schools where masks are used frequently. He adds masks are the best way to protect each other, especially those who are not vaccinated.

In the study, an assistant professor of psychiatry with the Huntsman Mental Health Institute said there is no evidence wearing masks will lead to depression or anxiety in children. 

Read more:

We want to hear from you.

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

Today’s Top Stories

Education + Schools

SLCC to host Black History Month events....
Waverly Golden

Salt Lake Community College to host Black History Month events

The Salt Lake City Community College is hosting numerous events in recognition of Black History Month including a film viewing and panel.
2 days ago
One of the topics being discussed during the 2023 Utah Legislative Session is how to combat the tea...
Mark Jones

Bill would allow individuals to become teachers without a bachelor’s degree

A bill being discussed on in the legislative session would allow for individuals to become teachers without obtaining a bachelor's degree.
4 days ago
Computer systems in the Alpine School District are being investigated after the district's technolo...
Adam Small

Alpine schools investigating “suspicious” computer activity

The issue involves the Alpine district's computer software. On Tuesday, the district said they noticed suspicious activity.
4 days ago
snow shovel driveway dialysis...
Mark Jones

Cold weather causes late start for Logan City School District Wednesday

The Logan City School District and the Cache County School District will be on two-hour late starts on Wednesday, Feb. 1.
5 days ago
A bill working its way through the Utah Legislature could open the door for online, private, charte...
Adam Small

Non-public-school students could more easily play sports under a new bill

Bill sponsor, Rep. Jordan Teuscher, R-South Jordan, said the bill would level the playing field for some students.
5 days ago
A group of students at the Jean Massieu School of the Deaf is making blankets for pet dogs and cats...
Allie Litzinger

Students making pet blankets to donate to the Humane Society of Utah

The Kindness Club at Jean Massieu School of the Deaf is making blankets for pet dogs and cats at the Humane Society of Utah.
5 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Banner with Cervical Cancer Awareness Realistic Ribbon...
Intermountain Health

Five Common Causes of Cervical Cancer – and What You Can Do to Lower Your Risk

January is National Cervical Cancer Awareness month and cancer experts at Intermountain Health are working to educate women about cervical cancer, the tests that can warn women about potential cancer, and the importance of vaccination.
Kid holding a cisco fish at winterfest...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Get Ready for Fun at the 2023 Bear Lake Monster Winterfest

The Bear Lake Monster Winterfest is an annual weekend event jam-packed full of fun activities the whole family can enjoy. This year the event will be held from January 27-29 at the Utah Bear Lake State Park Marina and Sunrise Resort and Event Center in Garden City, Utah. 
happy friends with sparklers at christmas dinner...
Macey's

15 Easy Christmas Dinner Ideas

We’ve scoured the web for you and narrowed down a few of our favorite Christmas dinner ideas to make your planning easy. Choose from the dishes we’ve highlighted to plan your meal or start brainstorming your own meal plan a couple of weeks before to make sure you have time to shop and prepare.
Spicy Homemade Loaded Taters Tots...
Macey's

5 Game Day Snacks for the Whole Family (with recipes!)

Try these game day snacks to make watching football at home with your family feel like a special occasion. 
Happy joyful smiling casual satisfied woman learning and communicates in sign language online using...
Sorenson

The Best Tools for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Workplace Success

Here are some of the best resources to make your workplace work better for Deaf and hard-of-hearing employees.
Team supporters celebrating at a tailgate party...
Macey's

8 Delicious Tailgate Foods That Require Zero Prep Work

In a hurry? These 8 tailgate foods take zero prep work, so you can fuel up and get back to what matters most: getting hyped for your favorite
Tooele County issues mask order for schools meeting COVID-19 threshold