SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Utah’s COVID-19 public health orders were rescinded after the state met all criteria established under the “endgame bill” passed by the legislature, officials say Utah Department of Health.
The UDOH said the Utah State Legislature was briefed on the exploit on Tuesday afternoon.
Utah has met requirements to end COVID-19 public health orders. Keep in mind that masks are still required for K-12 schools until 6/1 or the end of the school year, whichever comes first.
In addition, businesses may still need masks and other health and safety measures. https://t.co/e07rk0Gp6W
– Utah State COVID-19 Response (@UtahCoronavirus) May 4, 2021
The thresholds to be met under House Bill 294 were as follows:
- A 14-day case rate of less than 191 per 100,000 people (currently 163.4)
- Average 7-day ICU COVID-19 use is less than 15% (currently 11.2%)
- More than 1,633,000 primary doses of COVID-19 vaccine attributed to the state (1,656,025)
“I understand that HB294 has been controversial. Important and legitimate arguments have been made on all sides. But today should give us all reason to celebrate. No matter which side someone falls on, we can all be proud of the results we have achieved so far, ”wrote Rich Saunders, executive director of UDOH, in a letter to the Legislative Assembly. State of Utah.
Most public health orders will end, according to UDOH, but HB294 allows them to continue orders in K-12 schools, which includes wearing face masks.
The state health department on Tuesday released state public health order 2021-11 which requires “ongoing routine testing on participants in high school sports and other extracurricular activities and also requires that face coverings be worn in kindergarten to grade 12 schools ”.
UDOH officials said the order expires on the last day of the 2020-2021 school year or June 15, whichever comes first.
“It’s important not to give up the ground we’ve gained, especially in our schools,” Saunders said. “We ask teachers, administrators, parents and students to please stay there and end the year on a healthy note.”