SALT LAKE CITY – Schools in the Salt Lake City School District reported the lowest rate of COVID-19 cases among area schools in the first 40 days of the new school year, according to Dr. Angela Dunn.
The executive director of the Salt Lake County Department of Health shared the data on Twitter Tuesday afternoon.
In the first 49 days of school, 33 children under the age of 18 were hospitalized due to # COVID-19[FEMALE[FEMININE in SLCo – 19 of the 33 are aged 5-17
– Dr Angela Dunn (@DrAngelaCDunn) October 5, 2021
The graph showed 963 positive cases of the virus in SLCSD elementary schools, compared to 1,518 in the Jordan School District.
For middle and high schools, data showed 750 cases of COVID-19 in the SLCSD and 1,199 in the Granite School District.
Dunn went on to say: “In the first 49 days of school, 33 children under the age of 18 were hospitalized due to COVID-19[female[feminine in Salt Lake County – 19 out of 33 are between the ages of 5 and 17.
On September 15, the Salt Lake County Council extended a mask term for Kindergarten to Grade 12 students in the district, first issued by city mayor Erin Mendenhall on August 20. It is expected to expire in mid-October when city council may decide to extend yet again.
The Salt Lake Teachers Association supported the extension.
Dunn called for a Salt Lake County mask mandate in August, but the county council rejected it, overturning it. The council voted 6-3, along party lines, to override Dunn’s public health order.
Dunn was the Utah epidemiologist until she moved to her post in the county.