On Thursday, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert announced mandatory mask requirements for public schools for the 2020-21 school year but stopped short of issuing a statewide face mask mandate as the number of COVID-19 cases in Utah continues to climb to concerning levels.
Physicians and clinical leaders from Utah’s major healthcare system are concerned about the spike in COVID-19 cases and the potential impact that a potential surge in people needing hospitalization and intensive care will have on the state’s health systems and their ability to provide highly-specialized ICU care for both COVID and non-COVID patients.
Utah’s health systems came together in a Zoom media conference to address the importance of a mandatory masking requirements to reduce the transmission of the COVID-19 virus. They also updated reporters and outlined how the current surge in COVID-19 cases are impacting Utah hospitals and their ability to care for patients, as well as the steps the systems are taking to address the growing surge in cases.