Coronavirus News

Your home for all of Utah Public Radio's reporting on COVID-19.

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All across the country theaters have been forced to shut their doors due to the pandemic. In Perry, the Heritage Theatre is holding a yard sale on Friday and Saturday as part of an effort to offset the loss of ticket sales and pay for building expenses.

Utah Gov. Will Not Issue Mask Mandate

Jul 14, 2020
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As coronavirus cases in Utah continue to rise,  Governor Herbert pleads with Utahns to wear masks and social distance.  However Governor Herbert has decided to not make masks mandatory.

Utah Workers Need More Education For Post-Pandemic Economy

Jul 14, 2020
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As the nation struggles to recover from the economic downturn amid the coronavirus pandemic, workforce experts are calling on Utah and other states to ramp up efforts to ensure that more workers have post-high school education and certificates. 

COVID-19 Infection Still A Risk In 'Green' Phase Areas

Jul 14, 2020
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COVID-19 cases are increasing in Utah, but there are still pockets in the state where cases numbers are lower than the average. In mid-June the Governor allowed these rural areas to go into the “green” phase of economic reopening. The “green” phase allows businesses to reopen and residents to gather in larger numbers but with suggested health guidelines such as social distancing of six feet and wearing a mask.

SQ Radio: Temple Grandin Talks COVID-19

Jul 14, 2020
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The woman who thinks in pictures discusses the pandemic from her famous way of thinking.   

Based on her extensive research of coronavirus studies, Grandin offers solutions to some of the major challenges brought on by the pandemic such as shortages in common drug supply chains and how to prevent the massive waste of food that occurred in the livestock industry due to the slow down in meat and dairy distribution. She also reveals how the virus is affecting the workers at the meatpacking facilities. All of this and more! 

Mindy Vincent wearing her original penis mask
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Mindy Vincent was looking online to buy some face masks for herself and her staff back in April. She saw a mask with tiny penises all over it -  she was sold. 

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A new art exhibit at the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art focuses on the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the community.

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USU will distribute nearly nine-million dollars in emergency stimulus money for students affected by the coronavirus pandemic. 

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In early March, Kyler Roper, 24, had all the tell-tale signs of COVID-19 -- fever, dry cough and night sweats.  But, nearly three months later he’s still struggling with a severe shortness of breath. 

BRHD Reports 13 New COVID-19 Cases Monday

Jul 7, 2020

Bear River Health Department reported 13 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday as the seven-day rolling average of case confirmations continues to decrease.

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It seems like SARS-CoV-2 antibody tests should be pretty simple. Tests consist of SARS-CoV-2 antigens on a plate. If a person has antibodies for SARS-CoV-2, their antibodies bind to the antigens, and the test reads as positive. However, it is possible to get a false positive if some other antibody can bind by coincidence to the antigen.

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The artistic team for Salt Lake City’s Pioneer Theater Company has been using their costuming talents to make masks. Throughout the pandemic, they have donated masks to various places and are now selling them to keep staff employed.

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Over nearly four decades, the Cache Valley Cruise-In has grown to be one of the largest car shows in the state. This year, almost all of the event has been canceled because of coronavirus, except for the parade down Logan’s Main Street.

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All across the nation prisons and jails have become high risks for coronavirus outbreaks.  The lack of space makes it harder to create social distancing between inmates. Despite this, Utah’s prisons have been able to keep their numbers low. 

The primary  election voting process in Utah looks pretty different this year thanks to the coronavirus. During one of the special legislative sessions this year, a bill was passed saying there would be no in person voting, unless counties chose to offer drive-through sites. 

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Back in late March, Tim Noonan tested positive for COVID-19, it started off with a low-grade fever. But, just a few days later his fever spiked and he was having trouble breathing. After going to the Instacare in Park City, the active 61-year-old was rushed to the emergency room. His oxygen levels were dropping. 

COVID-19 Lockdown Leads 92-Year-Old To Honorary High School Diploma

Jun 29, 2020
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After decades of waiting, a Cache Valley man accomplished a dream by receiving his honorary high school diploma at the age of 92.

Finding Love From A Safe, Social Distance

Jun 29, 2020
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Since March, multiple dating apps have reported significant increases in use. Cooper Boice is the owner of the dating app Mutual, which is targeted to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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“This would have been our 36th year I believe. And a lot of artists make their living going to all these summer festivals. And so these artists are not bringing in any income. They're suffering because of the inability to reach their audiences,” said Elanie Thatcher, the executive director of Logan’s Summerfest. 

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Utah's ongoing surge in coronavirus cases and the usefulness of masks in curbing the spread. The enduring protests over the police-shooting of Bernardo Palacios-Carbajal. And the big contributions fueling next week's Republican primary in the race for Utah governor. 

BRHD: 31 New Coronavirus Cases Reported Thursday

Jun 26, 2020

Thirty-one new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the Bear River Health District on Thursday.

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Summertime usually means occupying children by sending them out to summer camps, however with COVID-19, this may not be a viable option. Some organizations have decided to shift their camps to an online platform to keep kids engaged. Weber County 4-H is one of those groups transitioning summer camps to remote learning opportunities.

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In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak at a meatpacking plant in Hyrum, animal rights activists have used the situation as an opportunity to protest. 

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Over the past month, hundreds of workers in the JBS meatpacking plant in Hyrum were infected with the coronavirus. Activists and JBS employees are concerned not enough is being done to protect workers from further spread.

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With COVID-19 cases in Utah growing by nearly 10% each day, Gov. Herbert announced Wednesday that mask-wearing will be mandatory at all state facilities, including higher education facilities and liquor stores. He said although he believes masks help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, he has is not planning on issuing a statewide mandate 

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