Salt Lake County officials issue COVID-19 advice as transmission spikes


Officials say wearing a mask is “even more important” when shorter isolation recommendations are in place.

(Rick Bowmer | AP) A member of the Salt Lake County Health Department staffed by COVID-19 testing staff walks past a line outside the Salt Lake County Health Department, Tuesday, December 28, 2021, in City Salt Lake.

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Salt Lake County officials issued public health advice Tuesday, urging residents to take more stringent coronavirus precautions this month as the local rate of COVID-19 transmission spike to levels not seen since November 2020.

Dr Angela Dunn, chief executive officer of the Salt Lake County Health Department, said in a statement on Tuesday: “We are in the beginning stages of a new wave of infections and friends and family are not allowed to stay safe. Our vaccinations carry the risk of serious illness.

The advice runs until January 31. It urges residents to:

  • Wear a well-fitting mask indoors, regardless of immunization status. Higher quality respirators including KN95 may provide additional protection, the notes recommend.

  • Stay home if you have any symptoms of COVID-19, regardless of past immunizations or infections, and get tested. Find where to check at

  • Monitor Guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention if you test positive for COVID. That means staying at home for at least five days after testing, staying home longer if symptoms don’t improve, and wearing a mask around others for at least another five days after quarantine ends.

  • Vaccinated and boosted if eligible. Find where to get vaccinated at

  • Avoid all mass gatherings if attendees are not vaccinated or boosted.

The advice says that while recent evidence suggests that omicron infections may cause less severe disease, which is expected to increase transmission, this could still lead to “negative health outcomes”. health and society”.

[Read more: 5 things you should know about COVID-19 in Utah right now]

Dunn continued in a statement: “Those who are unvaccinated or immunocompromised are at greatest risk of severe COVID-19 disease. “It will require our entire community to follow these proven recommendations to minimize Omicron hospitalizations and deaths.”

– This story is under development and will be updated. Salt Lake County officials issue COVID-19 advice as transmission spikes

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