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Salt Lake Council Votes To Overturn School Mask Order

The Salt Lake County Council voted 6-3 Thursday to overturn a school mask order issued earlier this week by the Department of Health Executive Director Doctor Angela Dunn. 

On Tuesday, Dunn announced an “order of constraint” which would require students in grades kindergarten through six, the group unable to get the COVID-19 vaccine, to wear masks in school. Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson agreed with the decision but left it up to the council to determine whether this order would stand. 

Shortly after the vote was overturned, Doctor Dunn came out with a statement thanking the council for their quick decision and said she’s committed to continuing to work with the council and other stakeholders to address the pandemic.

Kailey Foster is a senior at Utah State University studying Agricultural Communications, Broadcast Journalism, and Political Science while also getting a minor in Agribusiness. She was raised in the dairy industry in Rhode Island where she found her passion for the agriculture industry as a whole. Here at USU, she has held various leadership positions in the Dairy Science Club and the local Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow chapter. She also also served as the 2020 Utah Miss Agriculture and is currently the 2021 Utah Ms. Agriculture. Here at UPR, she works on agriculture news stories and she produces agriculture segments such as USU Extension Highlights, the Green Thumb, and Ag Matters.