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Gov. Herbert Tweaks K-12 COVID-19 Measures; Only One Provision Likely To Affect Cache Valley Schools

Gov. Gary Herbert announced some changes to K-12 schools in his weekly update on the novel coronavirus on Thursday, though officials said it’s likely only one will affect Cache Valley schools.

When there are low-risk school exposures, such as close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 but everyone was wearing a mask, the 10-day quarantine will no longer be required.


“We wanted to have a mask-on-mask protocol from the beginning of school, where those students who wore a mask were not asked to quarantine after exposure because we felt like it gave an incentive for kids to be in their masks,” said Tim Smith, a spokesperson for Cache County School District. “What we didn’t have at the time is data to show that that would be effective at reducing transmission.” Read the rest of the story on


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