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.

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