Summit County, Utah (December 15, 2021) — Summit County Health Director Dr. Phil Bondurant and County Manager Tom Fisher will terminate Public Health Orders 2021- 1 & 2 on January 1, 2022. Both public health orders require face-coverings for Summit County’s middle, junior high and elementary schools when certain COVID-19 case thresholds are met. The decision to terminate these orders was made after careful consideration of the county’s vaccination rates, vaccine availability and COVID-19 case trends.

“The COVID vaccination rates of eligible Summit County residents is amazing. Our priority has always been to implement strategies proven to reduce risk and transmission. With vaccines readily available to anyone 5 years of age or older, we now have to manage this pandemic with a new perspective.” Dr. Bondurant said. “We are encouraged by recent COVID-19 rates which are a direct result of vaccines. The health department looks forward transitioning out of the pandemic response when the time is right. This is the first step in that process. Additionally, I encourage those who are eligible to be vaccinated and receive a booster dose after six months.”

To date, six face-covering mandates were enacted since the orders went into effect at the beginning of the 2021 school year. In the December 15 County Council meeting, Summit County’s Declaration of Local Public Health Emergency was extended until June 30, 2022.