City of Victor Mayor WIll Frohlich lifted the mask mandate, yesterday, Nov. 22. Photo: Nick Sulzer // Buckrail

VICTOR, IDAHO. — Victor City Mayor Will Frohlich lifted the mask mandate yesterday Nov. 22, following the announcement from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare deactivating crisis standards of care for all regions except northern Idaho.

Crisis standards of care was activated statewide on Sept. 16. The declaration, requested by hospitals, allocated scarce resources like intensive care unit rooms to patients most likely to survive. Other patients still received care but with fewer resources available.

The City’s current mask order, which was implemented on Nov. 1, included a provision ending the order once the state exited from crisis standards of care. “With the deactivation of crisis standards of care, the City’s mask order directing owners and operators of public indoor spaces to require their employees, students and others under their care to wear a mask or face covering while indoors, regardless of their vaccination status, is lifted effective immediately,” said Frohlich.

Although masks are no longer required to be worn while indoors, the City strongly encourages all individuals to continue following the guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on how to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.

Frohlich also announced that the mask requirement at city facilities would also be lifted. Consistent with CDC guidelines, businesses may still set their mask regulations and requirements at their own discretion.

“Deactivation of crisis standards of care is welcome news, but the pandemic is far from being over. I encourage the community to take proper precautions, especially as we enter cold and flu season, so you and members of your family don’t get sick,” said Frohlich.

As of Nov. 19, there were 52 COVID-19 hospitalizations in the Eastern Idaho Public Health District which covers Bonneville, Clark, Custer, Fremont, Jefferson, Lemhi, Madison, and Teton counties. A high number of those patients, 87%, are unvaccinated. “While I am cautiously optimistic that we have seen the worst of COVID in Idaho, the city’s mask order could be reinstated if cases begin to rise again,” said Frohlich.

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Lindsay Vallen is a Community News Reporter covering a little bit of everything; with an interest in politics, wildlife, and amplifying community voices. Originally from the east coast, Lindsay has called Wilson, Wyoming home since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and completing the Jackson Hole Daily crosswords.