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Zion National Park Sets Record September Visitation

Oct 26, 2020
Haley Hedricks

As St. George, Utah remains sunny and warm this fall, Zion National Park set a record high number in visitors during the month of September.

Idaho Officials Working To Expand Suicide Prevention Efforts During Pandemic

Oct 7, 2020
Public health officials say they're concerned mental distress from the pandemic and the onset of another Idaho winter could increase suicide rates.
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Idaho's already high suicide rates could worsen as the COVID-19 crisis stretches into the winter months, and state officials are relying on technology for some outreach efforts.  

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Coronavirus cases in Utah continue to grow in young-adult populations-- especially those on college campuses. Mia Fairbanks interviewed Janice Hall, a student at Brigham Young University about her experience with COVID-19 precautions at the university and attitudes among other students. 

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Dixie State University made the jump from a NCAA Division Two athletic program to Division One this year, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, the fall sports will have to wait to make their big debut.

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On a Friday night at Logan High School, the stands are packed. After several states have shut down schools for COVID-19 many are making their way to Utah, just so their kids can participate in sports, and in-person learning.

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During his monthly press conference on Thursday, Gov. Gary Herbert responded to increased case COVID-19 counts in the state addressed the spread of the virus among student populations.

St. George Anti-Mask Rally Sparks Student Responses

Sep 24, 2020
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After video of an anti-mask rally in St. George went viral, students at Dixie State University spoke out about the campus mask mandate.

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One Utah team is trying to make it easier for parents to help their kids cope with the stresses of the pandemic.

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Utah County currently has the highest number of COVID cases in the state-despite making up only 20% of the population.

Coronavirus Restrictions Increase Around The State

Sep 23, 2020

Coronavirus restrictions have been loosening throughout Utah over the last few months but at the Governor's press conference on Tuesday, parts of Utah will be brought back into stricter restrictions. 

Reflecting On The Utah State Fair During The Pandemic

Sep 23, 2020
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Many fairs across the country were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, in Utah the state fair continued. Ashely Moyes, who has been going to the state fair since she was a kid, attened this year and said she loves sharing the experence with her kids. 

Utah Public Radio’s Kerry Bringhurst spoke with Utah State University President Noelle Cockett Monday about an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases on the USU campus. Cockett says wastewater analysis shows evidence of COVID-19 among students at the Living Learning Center (LLC) on the main Logan campus. 

Chinese restaurants across the nation have been disproportionately affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Some restaurants have faced harsh discrimination from consumers who are wrongfully wary that Chinese food is more likely to spread the coronavirus. 

At 911 confirmed cases of COVID-19, Utah saw it’s largest single-day increase in coronavirus numbers today. A new outbreak of the virus in Utah county among 15-24-year-olds was also reported to now be spreading among all age categories. 

COVID-19 Program Funds Meals for Idaho Kids

Sep 10, 2020
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After the COVID-19 pandemic shut down schools, many Idaho students were left without their regular school meals. Now, a program approved by Congress is providing about $300 to families to make up for those meals they missed.

What's It Like Being Quarantined On Campus?

Sep 2, 2020
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Students at four residence halls on the campus of Utah State University are quarantined in their dorms. Here is a look at what it is like for two freshman students.

Before fall semester at Utah State University began on Monday, students in four on-campus housing residence halls were quarantined due to increased levels of SARS-CoV-2 in the wastewater. This testing is part of the university's plan to reduce the spread of the virus. 

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Schools across the state have been opening over the past two weeks, with many modifications intended to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Here is a look at some of the adaptations made to music classes at Mount Logan Middle School. 

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Students are beginning to return to college campuses across the state. At Utah State University administrators are balancing plans for both student safety and social life.

COVID Crisis Could Force Closures, Job Losses at Utah Nonprofits

Aug 25, 2020
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 During the crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of Utahns and millions of Americans have turned to nonprofit groups to help them weather the storm.

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Utah’s original state of emergency declaration for coronavirus expired this week. During his press conference on Thursday, Gov. Gary Herbert announced a new emergency declaration will be going into place.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert says parents who don't want to follow his health mandate by requiring their children to wear masks when returning to school should keep them home.

Navajo Nation health officials have reported 19 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and three additional deaths. That brings the total number of people infected to 9,519 with the known death toll at 487 as of Thursday.

Utah legislators have unanimously voted in favor of a plan for the November election that includes outdoor voting and additional ballot drop boxes in rural parts of the state. 

Navajo Nation health officials have reported 14 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 but no additional deaths. That brings the total number of people infected to 9,500 with the known death toll still at 484 as of Wednesday. 

A mask mandate in Utah’s largest county, which includes Salt Lake City, has been extended until the end of the year. Fox 13 reported Wednesday that Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson signed an order extending the mandate through Dec. 31. 

Utahns whose employment has been impacted by COVID-19 may be eligible for short-term training programs at Utah colleges and universities.

Thanks to CARES Act funding, Summit County is launching two grant programs to help organizations impacted by the coronavirus.

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Logan is a small city that is thriving in the United States, despite the pandemic, according to a recent article on governing.com.

USU Announces A Student Fee Reduction For Fall 2020

Aug 19, 2020
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Utah State University President Noelle Cockett announced Tuesday that USU students at the Logan Main campus will see a $150 reduction in fall student fees while full time students at USU Statewide Campuses will see a $95 fee reduction.

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