A Brigham Young University mask study shows the death rate from COVID-19 is reduced when masks are used while in public. There’s clear evidence that face coverings reduce the spray of droplets and therefore the incidence of disease transmission.

Wearing a face mask has become politicized in some media outlets and on social media. The original recommendations early in the COVID-19 pandemic, were to conserve PPE, such as face masks, for those who were on the front lines of the health crisis.

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Park City High School

Early in July, Governor Gary Herbert issued a mandatory mask mandate for students, teachers and staff as part of the return to school COVID-19 protocol. School districts were required to submit a school opening plan to the state by August 1. As the back to school date draws closer, concerns persist about the risk/benefit of opening schools in the middle of a pandemic. 


KPCW's Consolidated coverage of Coronavirus - COVID-19 for Summit County and Wasatch County Utah with rendering of virus from the CDC
Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS



In his latest visit with KPCW, Summit County Health Director Rich Bullough talked about just what it will take to get back to a “new normal.”


He also discussed the mask order exemptions given to local fitness centers and the revised guidelines from the governor’s office.


After the past five months of COVID-19, many people are hoping for either herd immunity or a vaccine. 





The Summit County and Utah state health departments reported encouraging news in a statement on Wednesday: there is statistically significant data showing that the rate of COVID-19 cases in the county has slowed down since it issued its mandatory mask order on June 26.


Health Director Rich Bullough told KPCW that at that time, with new cases increasing amid the onset of the July Fourth holiday, they felt the order was necessary.



The Park City Chamber Bureau is funded by the transient room tax, but vacationers who are the source of that revenue have been in short supply this summer season. Event cancellations and the uncertainty about resorts opening for the winter season, makes for a very difficult economic forecast.


Newly appointed Park City Chamber Bureau president Casey Metzger says businesses will have to get creative to withstand the economic impacts of COVID-19. 


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Another special event casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic was announced today as Autumn ALoft, Park City’s annual hot air balloon festival, has been canceled in accordance with health and safety protocols.


KPCW's Consolidated coverage of Coronavirus - COVID-19 for Summit County and Wasatch County Utah with rendering of virus from the CDC
Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS



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Park City High School



The Utah Education Association met in an emergency meeting on Monday night to address concerns about opening Utah schools for in-person classes this fall. 


The teacher advocacy organization is asking Gov. Gary Herbert and the Utah Board of Education to delay in-person school attendance in those areas where COVID-19 cases are surging.


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Fall isn’t far away, and all Utah schools, public and private, are required to submit their proposals for reopening to the Utah Board of Education.


One of them is the Weilenmann School of Discovery, a charter school located in the Snyderville Basin near Kilby Road.


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 Applications are now open for the Mountainland Association of Governments’ second round of COVID-19 relief for small businesses in Summit and Wasatch counties.


Program Coordinator Jess Bedingfield says the first round of funds totaled a little over $400,000 and served 94 small businesses in the Wasatch Back.


The Mountainland Association of Governments is a coalition of the county governments in Utah, Wasatch and Summit counties.


David Quammen joins Lynn and John on Cool Science Radio this week. Quammen is an author and journalist whose books include The Song of the DodoThe Reluctant Mr. Darwin, The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life. Quammen was interviewed on Cool Science Radio back in 2018 about The Tangled Tree.

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The Summit County Health Board, meeting on Monday, voted for exemptions in their mandatory mask order to allow patrons of local fitness centers to exercise without the masks under certain conditions after hearing appeals by a coalition of fitness centers as well as the Snyderville Recreation District. 


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Park City High School

Classes start Aug. 20 for students in Park City. District administration continues work this summer to make schools as safe as possible for the return of students. Building operations will be different with COVID-19 prevention measures.


Today on the Local News Hour: 

(06:16) - Big Brothers Big Sisters Wasatch and Summit County Manager Lacey Cole-Rae and Park City Police Captain Phil Kirk talked with Carolyn about the BBBS virtual fund raiserevent and the project, 60 Men in 60 Days.

(21:23) - The Weilenmann School of Discovery Executive Director Steve Williams talked about his new position as ED and the preparations they’ve put in place to welcome kids and teachers Back To School.

Medical director and emergency medical physician at Park City Hospital, Dr. Wing Province, joins The Mountain Life to give a update on COVID-19. He discusses the extreme importance of wearing a mask and dispels the myths about masks that you might see on social media. He also talks about asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic transmission and the latest research on the Coronavirus pandemic.