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Coronavirus cases dropped by 31% after Ohio added a mask mandate

The Ohio Department of Health said a mask requirement led to 31% less cases.

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This July 2020 photo provided by Wolf’s Ridge Brewing shows, from left to right, owner Bob Szuter, employees Allison Randolph and Alicia Herrmann, sous chef Andy Zamagias, general manager Corey Schlosser and employee Andy Powell inside the restaurant’s tap room, in Columbus, Ohio.

This July 2020 photo provided by Wolf’s Ridge Brewing shows, from left to right, owner Bob Szuter, employees Allison Randolph and Alicia Herrmann, sous chef Andy Zamagias, general manager Corey Schlosser and employee Andy Powell inside the restaurant’s tap room, in Columbus, Ohio.

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The Ohio Department of Health said there was a 31% drop in coronavirus cases in the state about one month after it issued a mask requirement, according to the Ohio Capital Journal.

The mask mandate went into effect on July 23 when there were about 1,370 cases of coronavirus per day. One month later, cases were down to 939 per day.

The findings reportedly show that the number of cases drop down when mask mandates are in place, the Ohio Capital Journal reports.

  • “While we can’t prove that the mask mandate was the cause of the decline in cases, there is strong evidence from CDC that wearing masks and social distancing helps prevent the spread of COVID-19,” said ODH spokeswoman Melanie Amato, according to Ohio Capital Journal.
  • “After themask orders went into effect (originally in the red counties), cases began to level off and eventually decline.”

Will Utah have a mask mandate?

Earlier this week, Utah Gov. Gary Herbertwas expected to make an announcement about a potential mask mandate on Tuesday. That didn’t end up happening, though. Instead, it was announced that Provo and Orem would go back to orange restriction levels.

Herbert has hinted at a mask mandate in the past. But he has refused to issue one for Utah.

Utah hit 1,000 cases in a single day for the first time since the pandemic began. Herbert promised to meet with state leaders to talk about the surge and any options to stop it.