Salt Lake City mayor urges mask mandate extension as Utah reports 4K new COVID-19 cases

Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall speaks about the mask requirement for K-12 students in Salt Lake City schools during a press conference at the Salt Lake City-County Building on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. | Laura Seitz, Deseret News

Just over three weeks after issuing a mask mandate for K-12 schools, Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall said that’s why the school district is seeing the lowest case rates among students in the county since the start of the school year.

“Today, I am encouraged to report that our schoolchildren in Salt Lake City School District appear to be healthier and better able to stay in in-person learning than any other kids in Salt Lake County,” Mendenhall said during a news conference Monday at the Salt Lake City-County Building.

Mendenhall said she sent a letter to members of the City Council urging them to vote to extend the requirement in a vote on Tuesday.

Meanwhile on Monday, the Utah Department of Health announced 4,213 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed since Friday, as well as 16 additional deaths.

School-age children account for 935 of the new cases — 424 cases were ages 5-10, 253 cases were 11-13,

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