Sweetwater County Mask Mandate Extended Through January 8, 2021

Sweetwater County Mask Mandate Extended Through January 8, 2021

SWEETWATER COUNTY — Sweetwater County Public Health Officer Dr. Jean Stachon’s request for a mask mandate extension was approved Friday, December 4.

The first county mask mandate was set to expire today, which is why Dr. Stachon was seeking the extension.

Dr. Stachon said she received confirmation this morning that the mask mandate extension, which is extended through January 8, 2021, was approved by State Epidemiologist and State Health Officer Alexia Harrist.

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Dr. Stachon requested the extension after looking at Sweetwater County’s COVID-19 Coronavirus numbers, which have continued to rise.

Currently, the Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County has four hospitalizations and since mid November the County went from around 680 cases to more than 2,000 cases now. The positivity rate for the MHSC was last reported to be around 30-35 percent, while Castle Rock Medical Center’s positivity rate was around 20-25 percent. The county also saw eight COVID-19 deaths in November.

“Those are significant numbers,” Dr. Stachon said.

The mandate approved does have a couple of modifications from the original, Dr. Stachon said.

One modification expands the definition of a “business” to include “any business entity (retail or commercial) that employs or engages workers or volunteers.”

A second modification defines minors exempt from this order as those under the age of 12. Children 3 to 12 years of age are encouraged to wear face coverings.

To read the entire mandate see below.


What to do if you feel sick: If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and are showing symptoms, please call your primary care provider or seek medical attention.

Please follow these tips to slow the spread of this virus:

  • Follow Public Health Orders
  • Practice social distancing of 6 feet or more.
  • Wear cloth face coverings in public settings, especially when physical distancing of at least 6 feet isn’t available.
  • Stay home when sick and avoid other people unless you need medical attention.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Older people and those with health conditions that mean they have a higher chance of getting seriously ill should avoid close-contact situations.
  • Long-term care and healthcare facilities should follow guidelines for infection control and prevention.

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