Kerry Bringhurst

UPR Management | Host, Morning Edition

kerry.bringhurst@usu.edu

At 14-years-old, Kerry began working as a reporter for KVEL “The Hot One” in Vernal, Utah.  Her radio news interests led her to Logan where she became news director for KBLQ while attending Utah State University.  She graduated USU with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and spent the next few years working for Utah Public Radio.  Leaving UPR in 1993 she spent the next 14 years as the full time mother of four boys before returning in 2007.  Kerry and her husband Boyd reside in Nibley.

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During the first day of their virutal legislative session, Utah lawmakers move quickly to pass bills responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The number of COVID-19 cases in the Bear River Health District increased from 48 cases Friday to 52 cases Monday.  Utah State University has been asked to work with local health officials to prepare a contingency  housing plan  for non-emergency community sheltering should there be a drastic increase in the number of cases.

More than one-thousand Utah businesses were approved for Small Business Administration loans by one bank in less than two business days.
North Logan City

By Monday evening, more than 75,000 small business loan applications were processed nationally as part of the federal government's efforts to allocate $2 trillion to help local business owners cover the cost of rent or compensate employees. A Utah bank that serves Logan, Central Utah,  and Davis, Weber and Salt Lake, areas as well as St. George has processed more than 1000 loans in one and a half business days. Approval of these loans mean $250 million dollars will go to support Utah businesses dealing with the impacts of COVID-19 restrictions. 

Public access to Utah shooting ranges is being impacted by COVID-19.
Steve Gray

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources’ two public shooting ranges will be closed beginning Friday, April 3, until further notice, in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

Cache Valley Transit District board members have decided to reduce bus service and place several drivers on administrative leave.

Beginning Monday, April 6, CVTD will limit the number of routes to help reduce the spread of  COVID-19, according to Todd Beutler, CEO of the Cache Valley Transit District.

SALT LAKE CITY-- The Utah Department of Health  issued an order extending closure of dine-in options at food service establishments until April 15. The order also reiterates strict hygiene and public health standards that must be followed at dining establishments, including specific cleaning practices and monitoring employees for symptoms.

BRIGHAM CITY – Reports of two more positive tests of COVID-19 in Box Elder County have pushed to 16 the number of cases of the disease in the Bear River Health District.

Utah State University has reported three coronavirus cases. USU made the announcement Tuesday that two cases had been confirmed.  That number has increased by one as of Wednesday.

"We have been expecting that someone would be diagnosed,” said Amanada DeRito, spokesperson with Utah State University. “At this point it was just inevitable."

As of now, Hill Air Force base in Davis County will only allow mission essential employees to report for duty.

TriCounty Health District officials have confirmed a coronavirus case in the district has been reported for Duchesne County, making it the second case for the TriCounty Health District including Uintah, Duchesne and Daggett counties.

Missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint who live in the U.S. and Canada will have two new "opportunities" to serve.  

Managers of a campus food pantry are asking for donations to help feed students and faculty who don't have enough money to buy food. 

To help support law enforcement employees is Salt Lake City, the police department there has named a health and safety officer and wellness officer to address physical safety and mental health needs.

Gov. Gary Herbert issued an executive order lifting limits on retired government workers so they can return to work in essential jobs during the coronavirus pandemic.

Salt Lake County

 

Beginning Monday, Salt Lake County residents will be expected to follow a new public health order. Mayor Jenny Wilson and the Salt Lake County Health Department issued a new public health order Sunday for the county after the state's "Stay Safe, Stay Home" order issued Friday.

Utah State University President Noel Cockett released information on Saturday about ways the university would approach a Level 1 status in efforts to continue mitigation for the coronavirus pandemic.

The National Institute of Health is spending $2.5 million dollars to work with USU's Institute for Antiviral Research on coronavirus treatments.
Sheri Anderson, Utah State University

Researchers at Utah State University’s Institute for Antiviral Research are at work testing antiviral compounds and licensed drugs for their effectiveness against the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), the cause of the Covid-19 pandemic. The institute specializes in developing animal models for testing antiviral agents and vaccines and is doing the coronavirus work supported by a $2.5 million research grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

A Utah advocacy group is praising Utah’s governor and lawmakers for approving plans for Utah schools to expand a federal school breakfast program.

Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed a bill this week that was passed by lawmakers during the 2020 Utah Legislative Session. The Start Smart Utah breakfast program increases funding for school breakfast programs in hundreds of Utah schools according to Neil Rickard, Child Nutrition Advocate for Utahns Against Hunger.

The number of COVID-19 cases continues to climb in the state. The Utah Department of Health on Wednesday said there are now 346 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Utah.  The department will provide another daily update at 1 p.m. Thursday, which will include reports of two new cases in the Southwest Utah Public Health Department areas of Washington and Iron counties.

Donations of masks in response to COVID-19 forces Utah health care providers to create guidelines.
Intermountain Healthcare

 

Intermountain Healthcare and University of Utah Health have released guidelines for donating masks and other items to support the COVID-19 response.

In a statement release Wednesday the healthcare providers expressed appreciation for the generosity of so many people in the community who are looking for ways to help.

Social isolation has increased the number of residents spending time in Utah wildlife areas.
Photos courtesy of Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is reminding people to adhere to posted signs after 17 people were cited for trespassing at closed wildlife management areas in northern Utah over weekend. 

DWR’s Faith Jolley said each of the closed wildlife management areas provide critical winter range habitat for mule deer. And, she said, each one is clearly marked with signs indicating it is currently closed.

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Logan City officials have asked residents to send in written comments about a dog-friendly park pilot program that is coming to an end after it’s yearlong-trial. 

A state lawmaker who tested positive for the coronoavirus has said she is continuing to work from home to make sure Utah’s most vulnerable communities are not overlooked during this crisis. 

Utah Governor Gary Herbert is telling Utah County officials to repeal an order making it illegal to hold public gatherings with more than 10 people. Salt Lake County issued a similar health order Wednesday.

Several county commissioners representing rural Utah communities are accusing Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox of overreacting to the threat posed by the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Rocky Mountain Power crews are working to restore power to residents along the Wasatch Front following a Wednesday morning earthquake.  At the time of the 5.7 magnitude earthquake, approximately 73,000 customers were without power.  Logan City public works officials say the power outage did not affect residents there.

On Wednesday morning, Utah residents woke up to an earthquake just after 7 a.m.

Utah government officials monitoring the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have asked local school districts to find ways to educate students at home beginning next week. The school dismissal decision was announced Friday by the Utah COVID-19 Task Force, the Utah Department of Health, and the Utah Association of Local Health Departments.

The Utah COVID-19 Community Task Force is recommending Utah hospitals and healthcare systems establish designated sites to screen for novel Coronavirus infections, including screening options for residents living in rural Utah.The task force, led by Utah Lt.

Logan City and Cache County School District officials are working with the Bear River Department of Health to educate students, parents, and district employees about the Coronavirus.

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