These are the changes Salt Lake County made to its masking recommendations

Feb 28, 2022, 3:37 PM | Updated: Aug 2, 2022, 12:40 pm
Dr. Angela Dunn talks about mask requirements and recommendations....
Dr. Angela Dunn, executive director of Salt Lake County Health Department, discusses schoolchildren and masks at the Salt Lake County Government Center in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021. Children in the county under the age of 12 will be required to wear masks at school under an “order of restraint” to be issued by Dunn. (Scott G. Winterton/Deseret News)
(Scott G. Winterton/Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — You might see fewer masks in Salt Lake County now.

The county’s top health expert is saying people only need to continue to mask up to prevent COVID-19 if they have an underlying risk or spend a lot of time with others who have underlying risks.

Salt Lake County Health Department Executive Director, Dr. Angela Dunn, says that recommendation is based on the county’s hospitalizations.

“Now is the time to start rolling back some of these guidelines, at least for the near term,” Dunn said. “We can’t predict whether or not we’re going to have to shift our guidance again.”

She says the 7-day average of new hospitalizations in the county is nine, which is down from 53 in January.

“We have definitely seen a drastic decline in the right direction,” she said. 

Dunn is still asking people to stay up to date on their immunizations. And if you’re sick — with anything — keep it to yourself.

“Our COVID isolation guidance has not changed,” Dunn said. “So if you have symptoms consistent with COVID, stay home for five days and then wear a mask in public for an additional five days.”

Dunn says if you have someone who’s high risk in your house, definitely keep that mask on. 

“One of the things I hope lasts from the pandemic, is our awareness of our symptoms,” she said, “and our desire to not get our colleagues and coworkers and family members sick — whether its COVID, the common cold, or the flu.”

Here’s more about what the Salt Lake County Health Department is recommending:

  • COVID vaccinations, including boosters when possible
  • Isolating at home and getting tested for COVID if you have symptoms
  • Wearing a high-filtration mask when indoors in public — if certain personal circumstances apply
  • Seeking early treatment if you test positive and are at high risk for serious illness
  • Maintaining an overall healthy lifestyle, including good nutrition and regular physical activity

Today’s Top Stories


university of utah...
Mark Jones

University of Utah Health among the nation’s top 10 for 13th year in row

The 2022 Vizient Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD, Quality Leadership Award has ranked University of Utah Health in the top 10 for the 13th straight year.
1 day ago
intermountain healthcare...
Mark Jones

Name change coming to Intermountain Healthcare next year

In 2023, Intermountain Healthcare will change its name to Intermountain Health.
3 days ago
ovarian cancer...
Simone Seikaly

A new chance for a fighting chance against ovarian cancer

What may be most alarming about ovarian cancer is that the symptoms are there, but they are quiet and can be mistaken for something else.
3 days ago
Lincoln Beach pictured. Two shooting at Utah Lake happened near this beach....
Simone Seikaly

Utah County Health issues warning about harmful algal blooms

Utah County officials have detected high levels of harmful algal blooms at multiple Utah Lake marinas and beaches.
3 days ago
Intermountain milestone 1 million tests...
Mark Jones

Intermountain Healthcare purchases land near Ephraim

Intermountain Healthcare has plans to develop 35 acres of land in the Ephraim area into a new hospital.
4 days ago
At 5800 So. 1400 W. you find an irrigation canal that attracts  a lot of waterfowl, seagulls and ev...
Mark Jones

Officials warn of additional cases of avian influenza

With the fall migration of wild waterfowl, state officials are warning bird owners to be prepared for additional cases of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza or avian influenza.
4 days 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.
These are the changes Salt Lake County made to its masking recommendations