Clinical Leaders from Utah’s Health Systems to Outline Preparations for Growing COVID-19 Surge

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. 

The Zoom media conferences can be downloaded and viewed at the following links:  English and Spanish.



Leaders shared concerns about need for statewide face mask mandate to help slow cases – and urged residents to #MaskUpUtah