Call for a mask mandate to slow the spread of COVID-19 in your county

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

  • Data shows that when worn properly, masks can prevent spread of COVID-19. In fact, a review of 172 studies shows that the use of face masks could result in a sharp reduction in risk of infection.
  • As Dallas Federal Reserve President Robert Kaplan said last week, mask-wearing is key to ensuring a faster economic recovery and avoiding future lockdowns, to revive and grow the economy.  
  • Utah hospital administrators issued a dire warning last week in a continued push for mask mandates that Utah hospitals are on the brink of being overwhelmed, which could lead to higher mortality rates. Yet, if Utah leaders act quickly, there is still time to flatten the curve.
  • We are anxious to return to normal, and masks are our best chance to avoid future lockdowns, get businesses up and running and reduce COVID-19 transmission rates. 
  • Mandating masks now 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.

Does your county already have a mask mandate in place? Join the #MaskUpUtah campaign to help spread the word about the importance of wearing masks!

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