Last week we saw a rolling average of over 620 cases per day. To put this into perspective, over the course of a week, we have had over 4,300 new cases of COVID-19. Utah is seeing a hospitalization rate of 6.5 percent, and a death rate of .7 percent. At those rates, last week’s new cases could result in 282 new hospitalizations and 30 deaths. This is JUST for last week’s cases. This rate of increase is unsustainable for hospitals.
Public health experts are urgently warning that Utahns must make significant behavioral changes to curb the accelerated rate of transmission of COVID-19 infections or risk overwhelming our healthcare systems and increasing COVID deaths.
Gov. Herbert created a statewide mask mandate for all state agencies and buildings, but declined to create an overall statewide mask mandate. However, county officials may request countywide mask mandates, as has already been done in Salt Lake and Summit Counties.
Data shows that when worn properly, masks can significantly reduce the spread of disease. While public health experts, elected officials, and business and community leaders are pushing out the #MaskUpUtah campaign to encourage mask wearing, public health officials are strongly urging for mask mandates to slow the spread, and Utah businesses are seeking mandates to reduce friction with customers at businesses already requiring masks for entry.
Is your county experiencing an increase in COVID cases without a mask mandate? Here’s what you can do.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Contact your county commissioners and ask them to create a mask mandate for your county to stop the spread of COVID-19.
- Find county commissioner contact information for your county using Action Utah’s County Information resource
- Call or email each of your county commissioners using the suggested talking points below. Be sure to include your name and address and mention that you are a constituent residing in the county.
- Post on social media about your experience connecting with your county commissioners and ask others to do the same!