‘We now have evidence’: Salt Lake County leaders credit masks for recent COVID-19 stabilization

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SOUTH SALT LAKE — It’s been nearly a month since Salt Lake County’s face covering mandate went into effect, and county leaders and health experts are encouraged by the early data they’ve gathered so far.

Not only has the county experienced stabilization in the total number of new COVID-19 cases over the past two weeks, but it’s also starting to see a leveling in the number of novel coronavirus-related hospitalizations. At the same time, they say residents have done a good job complying with the order.

Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson believes the early results mirror research and messaging from the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and epidemiologists throughout the world.

“Wearing masks slows the spread of COVID-19,” she said during a press briefing Wednesday afternoon. “We now have evidence of that here in Salt Lake County.”

Salt Lake County became the epicenter for Utah’s COVID-19 cases at the beginning of the pandemic in March. Since then, it has been home to a vast majority of the state’s cases. The county has 48.1% of all of Utah’s COVID-19 cases from March 6 through Wednesday’s numbers released by the Utah Department of Health.

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