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

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

“In the event you enter a enterprise they usually require or advocate masks, please respect this and put on a masks; they might have a colleague at excessive danger who wants that further safety,” mentioned Dunn, the manager director of the Salt Lake County Well being Division, in new steering launched Monday.

“If a member of the family or pal you see usually has an underlying well being situation, put on a masks in crowded, indoor settings for his or her sake — or consider if you have to 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 individuals in “excessive” danger areas to proceed sporting masks. In Utah, two counties are thought-about excessive danger: 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, individuals at excessive danger for extreme illness ought to train warning, the CDC suggested.

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

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

Surges in circumstances are prone 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 knowledge 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 technique to know whether or not future variants of the virus will trigger deaths and hospitalizations at a decrease or larger fee than the omicron variant has.

On Friday, Utah Division of Well being knowledge confirmed unvaccinated individuals had been at 6.3 occasions higher danger of dying from the coronavirus, 2.5 extra prone to be hospitalized and a couple of occasions nice danger of testing constructive. The danger elevated vital when evaluating unvaccinated individuals 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 remedy early in the event that they take a look at constructive and are at excessive danger for critical sickness and preserve a wholesome life-style by consuming nutritious meals and getting train.

“Please bear in mind and respectful of what the individuals round you’re doing,” Dunn mentioned, “and likewise think about the individuals in your life who could also be at larger danger than you.”

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