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.


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The Summit County Sheriff’s Office reported that a woman shopping at Walmart encountered hostility from another customer—and his shopping cart—over the issue of wearing a mask.


The Sheriff’s report said the incident occurred on Saturday, July 18, around 7 p.m.


The complainant, a 47-year-old woman from Taylorsville, told a deputy she entered the Walmart with her two children and a male companion. The woman said she wasn’t wearing a face mask because of a preexisting medical condition. 

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Summit County officials say they’re excited that the community has stepped up and has complied with their Mandatory mask order.


The mask order went into effect on June 27. Summit County Health Director Bullough said that almost overnight the county saw widespread compliance, even with businesses where customers had complained for months that masks were not being worn.


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Saturday marked the beginning of Summit County’s mandatory mask order, meaning that people may now get a ticket for not wearing face coverings in public places. The order is intended to slow the spread of COVID-19 while allowing local businesses to remain open.

Summit County Health Director Rich Bullough told KPCW that although numbers like hospitalizations and deaths in the county were good compared to other parts of the state, he was alarmed by several other trends that were heading in the wrong direction.

Summit County requested the authority to issue a mandatory mask order from Utah Gov. Gary Herbert’s administration on Thursday, citing a nine-day increase in positive cases in the county and a transmission rate nearly twice that of the state’s goal.


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Utah Governor Gary Herbert issued an executive order on Wednesday requiring masks at all state-run facilities while resisting calls for a statewide mask order.

Expressing concern about the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Utah, Herbert said most of the state will remain at the yellow - or low risk - level for at least another two weeks and masks must be worn at all state buildings. 


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The Utah Hospital Association has introduced a new initiative to get Utahns to wear masks and slow the spread of COVID-19.


Representatives from University of Utah Health, Intermountain Healthcare, MountainStar Hospitals and Steward Healthcare participated in a video conference presentation Tuesday afternoon to introduce the Mask Up Utah initiative.