Some Salt Lake County residents should still mask up despite updated CDC guidance, health director says


Dr. Angela Dunn additionally urged folks to respect masking requests from others.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Folks collect because the Salt Lake County Council holds a short assembly on a January masks mandate, in Salt Lake Metropolis on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022. Following up to date masking steering Friday from the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, Salt Lake County residents ought to nonetheless put on a masks in some conditions, says Dr. Angela Dunn — who additionally urged folks to respect masking requests from others.

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Salt Lake County residents ought to nonetheless put on a masks in some conditions, says Dr. Angela Dunn — who additionally urged folks to respect masking requests from others.

“For those who enter a enterprise they usually require or suggest masks, please respect this and put on a masks; they could have a colleague at excessive threat who wants that extra safety,” mentioned Dunn, the chief director of the Salt Lake County Well being Division, in new steering launched Monday.

“If a member of the family or pal you see often has an underlying well being situation, put on a masks in crowded, indoor settings for his or her sake — or consider if you could be in that setting in any respect,” she added.

Dunn’s new suggestions comply with the Friday launch of recent recommendation from the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention. The brand new steering advises solely folks in “excessive” threat areas to proceed carrying masks. In Utah, two counties are thought-about excessive threat: Tooele and San Juan.

Salt Lake County is taken into account a medium-risk space, together with Beaver, Field Elder, Cache, Daggett, Davis, Duchesne, Garfield, Grand, Iron, Kane, Morgan, Wealthy, Sanpete, Summit, Uintah, Wasatch, Washington, and Weber counties. In such areas, folks at excessive threat for extreme illness ought to train warning, the CDC suggested.

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox earlier this month referred to as on companies to elevate all masks and vaccine necessities, saying the pandemic has shifted such that particular person Utahns wanted to guage their very own private threat “to guard ourselves and to reside fortunately ever after.”

The state is also winding down its COVID-19 response this month, shuttering check websites and and ending the each day launch of information for coronavirus circumstances, hospitalizations and dying after April 1, as an alternative offering these figures “most likely … extra on a weekly foundation,” Cox mentioned.

Surges in circumstances are more likely to happen once more, Cox mentioned on the time, however he claimed the omicron variant confirmed a “decoupling” of “the speed of unfold of the virus and the deadliness of the virus and the extreme hospitalizations that went with that.”

State information nevertheless exhibits hospitalizations and deaths each rose sharply in January because the omicron variant unfold throughout the state — simply not as sharply as circumstances rose. And there’s no solution to know whether or not future variants of the virus will trigger deaths and hospitalizations at a decrease or greater price than the omicron variant has.

On Friday, Utah Division of Well being information confirmed unvaccinated folks had been at 6.3 occasions larger threat of dying from the coronavirus, 2.5 extra more likely to be hospitalized and a couple of occasions nice threat of testing constructive. The chance elevated important when evaluating unvaccinated folks to those that’ve obtained a COVID-19 booster.

Dunn on Monday suggested residents keep up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccines, isolate at residence in the event that they expertise any signs of the virus, put on a high-filtration masks when circumstances apply, search therapy early in the event that they check constructive and are at excessive threat for severe sickness and preserve a wholesome life-style by consuming nutritious meals and getting train.

“Please bear in mind and respectful of what the folks round you might be doing,” Dunn mentioned, “and in addition contemplate the folks in your life who could also be at greater threat than you.”

— This story is growing and will probably be up to date.

Governor’s Office and Legislature Release Updated Budget Estimates


SALT LAKE CITY (Feb. 18, 2022) – The Governor’s Workplace, Utah Senate, and Home of Representatives launched income numbers for state fiscal yr (FY) 2022-23. Utah is main the nation in financial efficiency and continues to exceed expectations. Although Utah’s economic system is robust, there are vital components, together with federal stimulus wind down, which will dampen income positive aspects.

Up to date funds estimates point out an extra $432 million in one-time income in FY22 and an extra $383 million in ongoing funds in FY23. Of the newly projected obtainable ongoing revenues, about 70% are within the Schooling Fund, and 30% are within the Normal Fund. The robust economic system is the rationale for the rise in income although there may be nonetheless heightened uncertainty concerning the longer term. 

Whereas February’s new income progress displays the continued momentum of the state’s financial restoration, Utah has a historical past of planning for future downturns and dangers. Fiscally conservative insurance policies and forward-thinking rainy-day funds enabled the state to efficiently navigate financial uncertainties, present a $193 million tax reduce and proceed to fund schooling and social companies at historic ranges.

Through the 2022 Normal Session, policymakers have an extra $617 million in one-time and $429 million in ongoing cash within the normal fund, and an extra $1.68 billion one-time and $1.07 billion ongoing within the schooling fund to allocate.

“Utah’s sturdy economic system continues to roar and these further revenues give us a novel alternative to enhance lives in addition to assist safe Utah’s future,” stated Gov. Cox. “Nonetheless, given the present inflationary pressures and world uncertainties, we should proceed with warning and strategy spending correctly. Supporting public schooling and upskilling, infrastructure enhancements, water investments, housing and financial savings — all of those will strengthen the state in each the short-term and long-term.”

State leaders want to make investments that can guarantee Utah continues to be the very best place to reside, work, study and play – not solely now, however for generations to come back. 

“For the previous two years, we now have been in a position to reduce taxes,” stated President J. Stuart Adams. “Whereas this can be a nice step towards giving a refund to hardworking Utahns, rising inflation is threatening our lifestyle. We’re taking steps to make sure our state can climate any monetary or financial storm. Our funds prioritizes objects that can higher put together us for future unknowns, together with generational investments in transportation, water, infrastructure and schooling. We are going to proceed to observe Utah’s long-standing sample of fiscal prudence, understanding it can serve coming generations of Utahns.”

The Legislature will proceed to fund the state’s essential wants whereas evaluating present and proposed spending with a concentrate on long-term fiscal sustainability. 

“Whereas I stay optimistic Utah’s economic system will proceed to flourish, we have to be cautious to not depend on one-time cash to fund ongoing wants,” stated Speaker Brad Wilson. “The Legislature has demonstrated a powerful dedication to fiscal accountability by permitting Utahns to maintain extra of their hard-earned cash, rising funding for schooling, and investing in vital tasks that can have generational impacts. We are going to proceed to make strategic investments that profit Utahns now and for years to come back.”

Funds Highlights

Normal Fund income projections:

  • $128 million newly obtainable one-time income in FY 2022.
  • $123 million newly obtainable ongoing income in FY 2023.

Schooling Fund income projections:

  • $304 million newly obtainable one-time income in FY 2022.
  • $261 million newly obtainable ongoing income in FY 2023.

Obtain this press launch right here.

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