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State Officials, Health Experts Concerned With Recent COVID-19 Surge

State health officials and healthcare workers across the state have seen a recent surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations over the past week.The vast majority of the recent cases appear to be coming from individuals who are not vaccinated. Utah Department of Health spokesperson Tom Hudachko says only a “minuscule amount of individuals who have been vaccinated go on to test positive for COVID-19.” According to the data, of the 1.4 million vaccinated Utahns, only 1,500 of those have tested positive for the virus.


Intermountain Healthcare spokesperson Dr. Todd Vento says we should all remember how well masks work at preventing the spread of the virus. However, according to Hudachko, the wrong group of people are the ones primarily masking up. He says a lot of the data shows that “people who are still most likely wearing masks are vaccinated individuals, which is the exact opposite of what we need to be having right now.”


Hudachko says there’s never been a more convenient time to get vaccinated, especially because we know “that these vaccines are absolutely effective in limiting the transmission of this disease.”

Tyler Hewitt is the web/social media assistant at UPR. He writes stories every day, updates the website and manages the station's Twitter and Facebook pages. Tyler is a senior at Utah State University and is studying public relations, marketing, and psychology. He loves to write, listen to music, play video games, play tennis and hang out with his fiancé and cat, Juno. He is a great plant dad and recently started collecting vinyl records!