Utah’s statewide mask mandate is scheduled to end April 10th and the Utah Department of Health released a statement on Friday urging people in the state to continue wearing masks until more people can be vaccinated.
In a press release, Utah Department of Health Executive Director Richard Saunders said: “Until more people have a chance to get vaccinated, we urge people to continue to wear masks in public places and around those who haven’t been vaccinated. We’ve come so far and are so close to returning to normal. We ask for your patience and cooperation a little while longer.”
The Health Department cites several reasons to continue wearing masks, including that no vaccine is currently approved for use on anyone under the age of 16. The department warns that children can still become seriously ill, suffer long-term side effects from the disease, and spread it to others, and points out that not every adult in a school setting has been fully vaccinated yet.
The Health Department also announced nine additional COVID-19 deaths on Friday. The department said eight of the nine deaths occurred before March 18th. The deaths bring the statewide death toll from COVID-19 to 2,157. None of Friday’s deaths were from either Summit or Wasatch Counties.
444 new cases were reported statewide on Friday, four in Summit County, seven in Wasatch County. The statewide rolling seven-day average for positive tests is now 402 per day.
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