HURRICANE, Utah (ABC4) – In southwest Utah, public health officials are seeing an increase in positive cases of COVID-19 in children. But health department leaders say despite an increase in cases, masks will not be mandatory.
Britni Urry says her son wasn’t hiding his first week of school, but that changed after noticing a slight increase in cases among children.
“I just have more peace of mind and he’s actually pretty comfortable with it, we just introduced it that’s another safety measure and we also have family members that we want to go with. just be careful, so we think this is the best way until he can get you vaccinated, ”says Urry.
Urry’s son is just a few of those who wear makeup and officials say face coverings will only be suggested.
“I don’t like rules, I prefer a mask, especially where they don’t have vaccine protection and unfortunately this stuff has been politicized, and it’s a human health crisis, it shouldn’t be. be political, ”says Hurricane’s Matt Ewing.
Mikaela Campbell says she doesn’t think masks should be mandatory, but is ready for her son to wear one in the event of an outbreak, provided it means keeping the kids in school.
“It’s a bit nerve-racking, but I also know the kids do pretty well with it in general, learning at home was tough, and as a mom just being busy and all that, I didn’t feel comfortable doing it and stuff, so in person it’s better for me, ”says Campbell.
David Heaton of the Southwestern Utah Department of Public Health says there are currently no children hospitalized with COVID-19 in the district, but that could change.
“Children have a remarkably low risk themselves if they contract covid-19 of having severe symptoms or being hospitalized, and most importantly of losing their lives, any loss of life is of course unfortunate, but even in the state, there have been only a small handful of deaths in this age group, and even if so, children can still spread the virus, ”he says.
Heaton says that is why parents should consider having their children wear masks at school, where it might be difficult to distance themselves socially, to prevent the virus from spreading in the community.