Coronavirus News

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LHS Student Donates 1,000 Masks, Has More To Give

Aug 6, 2020
HJ News

A local teenager has donated more than 1,000 homemade masks to local community organizations and has about 500 more she’d like to give to people in need.

USU Makes Standardized Tests Optional For 2021 Admissions

Aug 6, 2020
Utah State University

In response to the current pandemic, Utah State University is following suit with many higher education institutions across the nation and making standardized admissions tests optional for the upcoming 2021 admissions cycle. This decision will apply to admission for the Spring, Summer, and Fall 2021 semesters. 

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Pandemic related stress can have a negative impact on mental health and many are worried this could lead to more suicides.

School is beginning and while many students will be attending in-person classes, online education will still play a large role in their learning this fall. Some educators and parents worry about how this could increase inequity between students.

Utah’s Housing Market Is Strong Despite Pandemic

Jul 31, 2020



Nationwide, anywhere between a quarter to a half million homeowners could face foreclosure by the end of 2021 as a result of the pandemic, according to new projections from Attom Data Solutions

Utah officials react to President Trump's tweet calling mail-in voting fraudulent and suggesting a delay to the November election. The Utah Education Association calls on Gov. Herbert to keep schools closed this fall. And the latest science on how coronavirus is spread

State Epidemiologist Angela Dunn speaks at a COVID-19 press briefing on July 30, 2020.
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On Thursday Utah’s Department of Health unveiled its much anticipated school re-opening guidelines. The 102-page document provides schools and the public with a roadmap on how schools should go about resuming in the fall.

It’s almost back to school time and with the pandemic, people have lots of safety concerns.

Logan City Mask Mandate To Go Into Effect This Week

Jul 30, 2020
Matilyn Mortensen

Logan is the second city in Utah to institute a mask mandate. The mandate was approved by Gov. Gary Herbert on Thursday and will go into effect on Saturday at 12:01 a.m.

Marcel Salathe and Nicky Case

With COVID-19 cases continuing to grow in Utah, contact tracing is a priority for health departments around the state. But what exactly can you expect if a contact tracer calls you?

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As Congress debates a new coronavirus stimulus bill, more people in Utah are facing food insecurity as the economy struggles with the effects of the pandemic. Groups that offer social services say some families who were previously able to provide healthy meals will see a double whammy at the end of this week.



As Utah school districts continue to make plans about holding school during the pandemic, teachers are preparing to implement safety precautions.

Summer months are traditionally slow at the Fun Park in Logan when many Utah State students leave the valley and the people who are in town often opt for outdoor recreation. But with the coronavirus pandemic, business has hit a new low with impacts that could reach the University. 

Housing Advocate Says Utah Likely To See Spike In Evictions

Jul 28, 2020
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As Congress debates a new pandemic relief bill two measures benefitting renters are set to expire. 

BRAG Worries COVID Evictions Could Overwhelm Already-Strained Services In Area

Jul 28, 2020

Officials with the Bear River Association of Governments are worried that evictions could overwhelm already-strained housing assistance programs as the coronavirus pandemic stretches on.

Wanted: Poll Workers In Idaho for November's Unprecedented Election

Jul 27, 2020
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With the highest turnout for primaries in 40 years, Idaho's unique all-absentee election in May presented a challenge for the state. 

Utah School Workers: Safety Measures Needed To Reopen

Jul 27, 2020
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As Utah school districts work to meet an August 1st deadline to develop plans to reopen this fall, teachers and support staff say safety measures must be in place to protect them from COVID-19.



The Cache Refugee and Immigrant Connection launched a new housing advocacy program for refugee, immigrant, and Latino communities who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Logan City Pioneer Day Cancellation Reminders

Jul 23, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Logan has canceled the Logan Pioneer Day Parade and Celebration scheduled for Friday, July 24 at Willow Park.

Get-Away Gone Wild? Bear Lake Tourism Booming During Pandemic

Jul 23, 2020
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Is Bear Lake dangerously overcrowded this summer?

Some people think so. And while many locals would beg to differ — especially business owners — one thing is clear: The COVID-19 pandemic has done nothing to hurt tourism at the popular lake straddling the Utah-Idaho border and might even be boosting it. Beaches are busy throughout the week, campsites are full, boats are out in force and seasonal workers are handing the area’s iconic raspberry shakes through walk-up windows as fast as they can whip them up.


As plans are announced for how school will look this fall, local teachers worry about keeping their students safe and connecting with their students.

Tammy Rittenour / Utah State University - Geosciences

Across the country, cities and towns are struggling to survive during the COVID-19 outbreak.  It has been particularly stressful for gateway communities-- towns or cities that border publicly owned lands such as national parks.  An initiative through USU's Institute of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism is looking at ways to help those communities.

Mask Mandate Request Is Met With Differing Opinions In Cache Valley

Jul 22, 2020
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After Logan Mayor Holly Daines announced she plans to request a mask mandate for Logan, residents, along with city council members are expressing differing opinions.

Salt Lake Tribune

Today we’ll take a look at the Coronavirus pandemic’s effects in Utah jails and prisons. Our guests will include Salt Lake Tribune reporter Jessica Miller; Mayra Cristobal, whose husband has contracted COVID-19 and is incarcerated at the Weber County Jail; and Angie Millgate, whose former husband is incarcerated in the Washington County Jail.

Matilyn Mortensen

As Logan prepares to welcome Utah State University students back next month, officials in the northern Utah college town are requesting permission from the governor to implement a mask mandate for their city.

A homeless man sits next to a wall with two bags next to him
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A new report from public policy researchers finds that over 50% of homeless service providers are facing a variety of challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Salt Lake Tribune

Utah County residents protest a mask requirement for students. After a rule change, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert says Salt Lake City schools will be permitted to have in-person classes. And what's known and unknown about the long-term effects of COVID-19.

Since coronavirus restrictions began in March, Janice Boes, the owner of Pierpont Place & Premier Events in Salt Lake has been doing a lot of canceling. 



In a Thursday press conference, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert re-emphasised the importance of the role mask wearing will play as Utah school’s reopen.

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.