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Mayor Jenny Wilson: 'The mask mandate is working,' Salt Lake County shares new data

Posted at 5:18 PM, Jul 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-22 19:18:48-04

SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake County is one of three Utah counties to issue a mask mandate. Wednesday, Mayor Jenny Wilson shared the initial finding from the new mandate and she said one thing is clear: it’s working.

“It became more and more clear that this tool is incredibly effective,” she said referring to her mask.

FOX13 News first reported on the data Tuesday. Watch more here.

Salt Lake County released data Wednesday showing a downward trend in cases and hospitalizations in the county, while the state did not.

“The stabilization is a very big win for us right now,” she said.

You can view the full presentation here:

Salt Lake County Health Dept. Exec. Dir. Gary Edwards said health department staff visited more than 40 businesses in Salt Lake County to see how many people were complying.

“Of those that were observed, almost everyone was in compliance with the face covering,” he said.

There have been many complaints if people not complying, Edwards said, and ambassadors are sent to educate those who are not following the public health order.

Mayor Wilson called on Governor Gary Herbert to issue a side wide mask mandate. It sets Salt Lake County back, as they have to make the tough calls, Mayor Wilson said.

“The heart of our hospital system is here in Salt Lake County, so one county’s actions impacts the wellbeing not just of our country residents but the hard working staff members who are day in and day out fighting this,” she said.

Fox13 News is still waiting for a response from the governor.