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Utah County Health Departments Still Exploring School Mask Orders

As the first day of school approaches, many county health departments still aren’t sure if they’ll be issuing a mask order for schools. Even if masking is recommended by a health director, the order would need to be approved by the county’s governing body. Summit County’s health department says it’s working with the county council to understand limitations and legal authority before considering any kind of mask order.


Utah County’s health department says it supports layered prevention strategies, such as getting vaccinated and wearing masks indoors. The department says it also wants to emphasize personal choice and responsibility.


Estee Hunt of the Bear River Health District says the conversation is still ongoing between the health department and the county’s governing body, but there’s still no timeline on when a decision could be made.

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!