Davis County officials address increase of COVID-19 cases, emphasize importance of masks

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DAVIS COUNTY (ABC4 News) – Davis County leaders adressed the current state of the coronavirus pandemic in the county.

Due to the continued increase of COVID-19 cases and at the request of many elected officials in the county, the Davis County Commission and Davis County Health Department are coming together to emphasize the importance of face masks.

County Commissioner Loren Kamalu, said the goal was to keep everyone in the county as safe and successful as possible. She then introduced Commissioner Bob Stevenson and Davis County Director of health Brian Hatch. The let Brian Hatch speak first.

Brian Hatch said, “We’re trying to urge individuals, businesses and community organizations to comply with the current recommendations that are in the phase guidelines for the general public and business to maximize public health, and economic reactivation.”

He continued with ” These include wearing face coverings, physical distancing, cleaning and sanitizing and following the strict hygienic practices, and also being mindful of protecting the high risk individuals around us.”

Commmissioner Bob Stevenson was next, “We understand not everyone likes to wear a mask, and not everyone is going to wear a mask. We do ask you as far as our business community goes if they are requiring masks please respect what they want when you walk into their establishment.

Commissioner Kamalu said “As human beings we are not used to wearing masks, we are not used to being apart from people, and it’s an extraordinary time. But, the pandemic is not going to last forever.”

Bob Stevenson added when asked about mandates, “Before we get to any kind of a mandate we are going to try and handle this with people pitching in and basically doing the right thing first.”

According to the Utah Department of Health, the county has reported more than 2,000 positive cases of the virus and seven deaths since the pandemic began. The pandemic has also led to more than 100 hospitalizations in the county.

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