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.

Utah farmers and ranchers struggling because of the coronavirus pandemic can apply for up to $40,000 in grants from the Utah Conservation Commission as part of federal relief funding headed under the CARES Act.

The Federal Emergency Management Association, or FEMA, is provding funding to support COVID-19  counseling for those living in Utah. Residents struggling with stress and anxiety as a result of the coronavirus pandemic can receive help through crisis counseling programs.

The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, UDAF, is allowing private meat processors to slaughter animals for commercial sale.

 

 

A Utah healthcare provider is expanding COVID-19 testing services for people experiencing homelessness.  Intermountain Healthcare is working with county health departments to assess needs and coordinate care.

USU campus activities are cancelled at a time of year when leisure outdoor fun is most popular.
Utah State University

The COVID-19 pandemic has displaced students attending universities and colleges throughout the state of Utah. Many of them are completing their last week as online students for the first time. Utah State University's Vice President for Student Services, Dr. James Morales spoke to Utah Public Radio about ways the university is working to meet student needs from a distance.  

Meat packing plants are struggling to process enough livestock for consumers during COVID-19.  Producers say consumers are stocking up on essentials, including meat, during a time when protecting processing plant employees can be difficult.

West Jordan law enforcement continue to looks for leads into who shot and killed a Utah husband and wife over the weekend.  30-year-old Katherine Butterfield and her husband, 31-year-old Tony Butterfield, were found Saturday night in their home.  Police believe the couple was killed during a home invasion.

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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.

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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. 

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