Covid-19 has exacerbated the housing costs in Utah, making the market unaffordable for many renters and buyers. Dejan Eskic works at the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute and said tremendous change is one reason why housing has become so expensive this past year. 

The Open Notebook

Montana-based writer David Quammen says that Covid-19 is a reminder of viruses’ destructive power, but that life as we know it would be impossible without them. In his latest article for National Geographic titled “How Viruses Shape Our World,” he reviews the evolutionary origins of viruses and how they have helped shape the history of life.

The Herald Journal

It’s UPR’s Spring Member Drive. On Access Utah that means some very special programming, including some Best Of segments from favorite episodes and some great new conversations. On Tuesday we’ll be talking with emergency room doctor, writer and UPR member Marion Bishop. We talked with her last year as a part of an episode featuring pandemic frontline workers. We’ll check back in to see how she’s been dealing with the pandemic, professionally and personally, since we talked last. We’ll also talk about the roll out of the vaccines and what the future might look like. And we’ll talk about grieving and loss during the pandemic.


You’re listening to Utah Public Radio. I'm Kerry Bringhurst. Utah State University students statewide have returned to campus learning this week. Joining me is USU President Noelle Cockett. 

Bread And Butter: COVID-19 And Smell

Jan 20, 2021

Lael: The smell of a pine forest, melting butter or a favorite blanket from childhood, what happens when it's all gone? I used to think of the loss of the sense of smell as a minor inconvenience. But now, as thousands of people are experiencing it as a symptom of COVID-19, I've realized we really take our sense of smell for granted. For some, it's temporary. For others, the symptoms go on much longer. 

Teachers and staff at Logan and Cache County’s school districts were able to sign up to receive their first doses of COVID-19 vaccinations this week.

Brigham City Museum Of Art And History

The winner of a recent art competition at the Brigham City Museum of Art and History drew on what may seem like an unlikely inspiration for a piece of jewelry—the coronavirus pandemic. 

The Utah System of Higher Education announced its new COVID-19 Intensive Testing Plan today.

After declining over the last week of November, the rate of new COVID-19 cases in the Bear River Health District rose again over the first few days of December.

The rate of newly reported COVID-19 infections dropped over the week of Thanksgiving, but local, state and national officials are worried that the holiday may lift rates again in the coming weeks.

My Coronavirus Nightmare: A First-Person Account By Cache Valley Notable Julie Hollist Terrill

Nov 30, 2020

I never dreamed I could be so sick.

In late October I spent nine days in Intermountain Logan Regional Hospital courtesy of COVID-19. 

According to my doctor, the average length of stay for Coronavirus patients in Logan is 3.5 days. Well, I’ve always been an overachiever. My visit made me a member of the 5 Percent Club — the estimated percentage of COVID patients hospitalized nationwide.

Estimated active cases of COVID-19 were still going up in the Bear River Health District as Gov. Gary Herbert's restriction on social gatherings is set to expire.

With Thanksgiving a week away, Governor Herbert provided updated guidelines for holiday gatherings this week

The Bear River Health Department reported 259 new cases Thursday, bringing the 7-day rolling average up to about 191 new cases a day.

The rate of new COVID-19 infections dipped slightly in the Bear River Health District on Wednesday.

The Bear River Health Department unveiled a new COVID-19 reporting dashboard on Tuesday with the aim of providing more nuanced data to the public.

The recent spike in COVID-19 infections continues in the Bear River Health District as the 7-day rolling average of new daily cases neared 200 on Monday.

Cache County has one more death attributed to COVID-19, according to health officials.

The Bear River Health District broke its previous record for newly reported COVID-19 cases Thursday, with 208.

While it's too early to tell whether Utah's new state of emergency will have any effect on the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bear River Health Department continues to report increasing rates of the virus.

Navajo Nation Reports 79 New COVID-19 Cases And 1 More Death

Nov 11, 2020

Navajo Nation health officials on Tuesday reported 79 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and one additional death. 

The governor of Utah declared a new state of emergency and announced new restrictions Sunday night aimed at getting a handle on the current wave of the novel coronavirus overwhelming hospitals in the state.

Utah State Club Dedicates Altar To Honor COVID-19 Deaths

Nov 5, 2020

Utah State University’s Latinx Creative Society has dedicated an altar to those who have died from the coronavirus. 

Utah Reports Record-Breaking COVID-19 Hospitalizations

Nov 4, 2020

Coronavirus hospitalizations in Utah have shattered prior record highs as the state’s most severe surge persists. 

The novel coronavirus continues to spread locally, with the Bear River Health District setting new records for case counts over the weekend.

Utah Clerk's Office Under Quarantine After COVID-19 Exposure

Nov 3, 2020

A county clerk’s office in Utah is under quarantine after the staff was exposed to COVID-19. 

Utah Epidemiologist's Home Address Leaked Online For Protest

Oct 30, 2020

Anti-mask protesters have stood in front of the home of Utah Epidemiologist Dr. Angela Dunn after her personal information was leaked online. 

Utah Hospitals 'Can't Keep Up' Amid Record-Breaking Surge

Oct 30, 2020

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and health officials say the state may soon need to implement crisis care protocols as hospitals reach a breaking point amid a record coronavirus surge. 

As intensive care units deal with overflow from a spike in COVID-19 patients statewide, Intermountain Healthcare is asking people to observe antiviral precautions.

Leaders In US, Europe Divided On Response To Surging Virus

Oct 21, 2020

Virus cases are surging across Europe and many U.S. states but responses by leaders are miles apart.