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) Individuals collect because the Salt Lake County Council holds a quick 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 and so they require or advocate 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 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 often has an underlying well being situation, put on a masks in crowded, indoor settings for his or her sake — or consider if it’s worthwhile to be in that setting in any respect,” she added.

Dunn’s new suggestions comply with the Friday launch of latest recommendation from the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention. The brand new steering advises solely individuals in “excessive” threat areas to proceed sporting 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, individuals at excessive threat for extreme illness ought to train warning, the CDC suggested.

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox earlier this month known 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 take a look at websites and and ending the day by day launch of information for coronavirus instances, hospitalizations and demise after April 1, as a substitute offering these figures “most likely … extra on a weekly foundation,” Cox mentioned.

Surges in instances 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 nonetheless reveals hospitalizations and deaths each rose sharply in January because the omicron variant unfold throughout the state — simply not as sharply as instances rose. And there’s no strategy to know whether or not future variants of the virus will trigger deaths and hospitalizations at a decrease or increased fee than the omicron variant has.

On Friday, Utah Division of Well being information confirmed unvaccinated individuals 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 optimistic. The chance 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 dwelling 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 optimistic and are at excessive threat for critical sickness and preserve a wholesome way of life by consuming nutritious meals and getting train.

“Please remember and respectful of what the individuals round you’re doing,” Dunn mentioned, “and likewise take into account the individuals in your life who could also be at increased threat than you.”

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