Be an influencer for #MaskUpUtah!

Last week a coalition of health care experts, elected leaders, business leaders, nonprofit representatives, team mascots and Real Salt Lake representatives announced the launch of a new #MaskUpUtah contest – an interactive public education effort to encourage Utahns to wear masks in order to slow transmission of COVID-19 in Utah. 

The contest is easy to enter — Utahns can simply post photos of themselves wearing face coverings on social media using the hashtag #MaskUpUtah. Winners will be selected each week and awarded prizes from Real Salt Lake.

The simple idea is to help our communities understand the importance and effectiveness of wearing masks and to encourage others to do so alongside their neighbors and friends. 

WHAT YOU CAN DO

  • Post a picture of yourself or your family wearing face coverings on social media and use the hashtag #MaskUpUtah. Tag your state legislators for maximum impact. Don’t know who represents you? Find your state legislators by entering your address and zip code here.
  • Know a social media influencer? Ask them to use their voice to have an important impact slowing the spread by posting a #MaskUpUtah photo too!

Governor Herbert is deciding this week whether to put a statewide mask mandate in place in response to public health experts who have been warning that the current rate of spread of coronavirus in Utah is unsustainable and threatens to overwhelm our healthcare system. 

Between June 10th and June 21st the Utah Public Health Department reported that the use of ICU beds lept from 15% to 62.2%, with patients remaining in the ICU an average of 30 days. Though ICU beds and ventilators in the state are not yet at capacity, experts warn that adequate health care requires the “Three Ss:” space, supplies and staff. If the healthcare workforce reaches capacity, difficult decisions will have to be made to limit and prioritize care, which can lead to unnecessary deaths. 

In rural areas where there is far less capacity for intensive care, the problem is worse. In St. George, where positive coronavirus cases began increasing exponentially after the reopening and the ICU reached near capacity two weeks ago, public health workers are pleading with people to wear masks and socially distance.

Misinformation and lack of information early on in the pandemic has created confusion about how the virus spreads and to whom. Mounting evidence supports the importance of mask wearing to slow the spread. In fact, a review of 172 studies shows that the use of face masks could result in a sharp reduction in risk of infection. Data also shows that not just elderly, but also young people — including millennials and generation Z — can contract, spread and die from COVID-19.

At a recent Senate hearing, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention emphasized the need for people to wear face masks — particularly young people: “It is critical that we all take the personal responsibility to slow the transmission of COVID-19 and embrace the universal use of face coverings.”

WHAT MORE YOU CAN DO

Simply scroll down and click “Start Writing” to email your legislators and let them know that you support a mask mandate and other recommendations made by public health professionals to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

(Remember to personalize your comments for the greatest impact! Why do YOU support this proposal?)

  • When worn properly, masks can prevent a significant portion of the spread of disease.
  • We are anxious to return to normal, and masks are our best chance and reduce the transmission rates.
  • Hospitals are filling up quickly and we can still help flatten the curve if we all are operating under the same rules.
  • Taking this step expands the likelihood of kids being able to return to schools safely.

How to make sure your letter is successful:

  1. Use a clear and specific subject heading.
  2. Start with a salutation (“Dear …”).
  3. Be CIVIL, PERSONAL and as CONCISE as possible.
  4. Mention that you are a CONSTITUENT and include your full address with zip code.
  5. Sign your name at the end.

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