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.”

— This story is growing and can be up to date.

Health officials report 11 COVID-19 deaths, 425 new cases as CDC eases mask guidance

Jennifer Okutani of Bountiful receives her booster shot from Addy Aven on the drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination clinic on the Legacy Occasions Heart in Farmington on Jan. 19. The Utah Division of Well being reported 11 COVID-19 deaths and 425 circumstances on Friday. (Laura Seitz, Deseret Information)

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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah well being officers reported 11 COVID-19 deaths on Friday, together with 425 new circumstances of the illness.

The rolling, seven-day common for brand spanking new constructive checks is now 559 per day, in keeping with the Utah Division of Well being, which continues to lower from a excessive of 10,967 on Jan. 19. The rolling, seven-day common for individuals testing constructive for COVID-19 is at the moment 18.4%, down from a excessive of 46.7% nearly a month in the past on Jan. 27.

The well being division reported one other 3,539 individuals who have been examined for the novel coronavirus and 5,165 who have been vaccinated in opposition to it.

On Friday, the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention launched new metrics to find out if masks needs to be worn indoors. The metrics, which create a “COVID-19 group stage” have in mind new COVID-19 hospitalizations, hospital capability and new COVID-19 circumstances.

New CDC pointers in Utah

Beneath these new CDC pointers, San Juan County and Tooele County at the moment have excessive COVID-19 group ranges and the company suggests carrying a masks indoors when in public.

Salt Lake County and plenty of others within the state have a medium COVID-19 group stage, during which the CDC at the moment suggests carrying masks for people who find themselves immunocompromised, at excessive danger, or if have contact with somebody who’s excessive danger.

Utah, Emery, Juab, Millard, Sevier and Wayne counties every have low group ranges. In these places, the CDC doesn’t recommend carrying a masks however says individuals can select to primarily based on private choice and danger stage.

Though these are basic pointers, the CDC mentioned people can at all times select to put on a masks, and that individuals who have signs, have examined constructive for COVID-19 or have been uncovered ought to put on a masks no matter COVID-19 group stage. The CDC additionally encourages individuals in all COVID-19 group ranges to get vaccinated in opposition to the illness and be examined if they’ve signs.

Earlier pointers thought of ranges of transmission, which really helpful that masks be worn in many of the nation.

Extra Utah information

Presently, 372 individuals are hospitalized in Utah with COVID-19, in keeping with the well being division; 101 of the sufferers are in an intensive care unit. About 60% of all hospital beds are at the moment in use, together with nearly 75% of intensive care unit beds and nearly 79% of ICU referral middle beds.

All through the pandemic, Utah has seen a complete of 33,126 hospitalizations as a consequence of COVID-19, nearly 14,000 of which have been amongst Salt Lake County residents and simply over 5,000 have been Utah county residents, well being division information exhibits.

College youngsters account for 55 of Friday’s new circumstances. Of these circumstances, 28 have been youngsters between ages 5 and 10, 9 have been ages 11-13, and 18 have been ages 14-17.

Utah has had a complete of 4,408 COVID-19 deaths because the pandemic reached Utah in March 2020. Of the 11 deaths reported on Friday, one occurred greater than a month in the past.

The newest deaths embrace:

  • A Salt Lake County man, between the ages of 45 and 64, who was not hospitalized when he died
  • A Davis County man, over 85, not hospitalized
  • A Field Elder County girl, over 85, long-term care facility resident
  • A Utah County man, 65-84, not hospitalized
  • A Davis County girl, 65-84, hospitalized
  • A Utah County man, 65-84, hospitalized
  • A Salt Lake County girl, 25-44, hospitalized
  • A Salt Lake County man, 25-44, not hospitalized
  • A Weber County man, 65-84, hospitalized
  • A Sanpete County man, 45-64, hospitalized
  • A Utah County man, 65-84, hospitalized

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Statement by U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona on CDC Guidance and Keeping Schools Safely Open

U.S. Secretary of Schooling Miguel Cardona issued the next assertion on the discharge of latest CDC steering: 

 “Ninety-nine % of colleges are safely open for in-person studying and that may be a testomony to the laborious work and partnership of college communities – notably dad and mom, educators, district leaders and faculty employees. With right now’s announcement of up to date CDC steering, we are able to proceed to maintain faculties safely open whereas permitting for educators and oldsters to get again to specializing in what’s most vital: our college students’ futures. Transferring ahead, districts ought to proceed to work with native well being specialists, dad and mom, and educators to establish what works finest for his or her communities and contemplate the suitable mitigation methods wanted to maintain college students and employees protected. This work – along with the essential work of serving to college students catch up academically and offering emotional and psychological well being helps– can and must be performed utilizing American Rescue Plan funds. As we transfer ahead into a brand new section of restoration, the Division stays dedicated to our college communities and offering the steering and assets they have to be profitable.” 

Info on the brand new CDC steering may be discovered HERE.