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Herbert Re-emphasizes The Importance Of Masks In School Re-opening During Thursday's Press Conf.

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In a Thursday press conference, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert re-emphasised the importance of the role mask wearing will play as Utah school’s reopen.

“Let’s not shame or blame. Let’s use our mask wearing as a message to the rest of the public that we are serious about those that we love," Dr. Tom Miller said.

Miller, chief medical officer and internal medicine at University of Utah Hospital, joined Governor Herbert at the conference to stress the importance of wearing masks to Utahns.

According to Miller, no one likes a mandate, but regardless of doubt, wearing a mask will protect the citizens of Utah. 

“For 140 we’ve known that masks prevent the spread of disease, and that’s why surgeons wear them. You would not likely go to a surgeon for an operation without them wearing a mask. So we know that they work," he said.

Miller said while Utah hospitals are near capacity, they are striving to meet the needs of all patients that need to come in. By linking together and wearing masks, he said Utahns can make a significant difference in the spread of COVID-19. 

Governor Herbert said mask wearing will play a role as students go back to school in fall, and superintendents are meeting frequently to discuss safety options. 

 

“I’ve announced an order that came from our state health department to in fact require mask wearing regarding students or teachers or staff," he said.

Herbert said while there are still questions about things like lunchtime mask wearing, he is confident social distancing rules will provide a safe environment.