Coronavirus News

Salt Lake Tribune

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert gets an earful from Republican state lawmakers for his coronavirus measures. After getting COVID-19, some Utah children are hospitalized with a serious illness. A state lawmaker aims to create a criminal defense for drivers who hit and kill protesters during a riot. And an audit into the dealings of the former head of the Utah Department of Agriculture finds free spending and cronyism.


Deseret News


Utah logs its highest single-day increase in coronavirus cases, and hospitals are close to being overwhelmed. Republican Burgess Owens maintains his lead over incumbent Democratic Congressman Ben McAdams in Utah’s hotly contested 4th District. And with the arrival of cold weather, homeless service providers hit snags as they try to finalize plans for overflow shelter space for people experiencing homelessness this winter.

 

Salt Lake Tribune

Governor Herbert has issued a State of Emergency due to an increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations and what he says are unsustainable case rates. The Utah Department of Health says that hospitalizations and ICUs are nearing capacity, and that healthcare providers will be unable to care for Utahns in the coming days if this surge continues.

The New York Times

Election Day may have come and gone, but the results of some races, like the 4th Congressional District contest, remain too close to call. Two Utah Republicans push back against President Trump's false, post-election claims - while urging everyone to take a deep breath and calm down. And with Utah coronavirus numbers again shattering records, officials warn that the worst is yet to come. 

KUTV

Utah recently set a new single-day record for Covid-19 cases. Governor Herbert has announced new guidelines. And the Utah Public Health Association is calling for stricter measures to be taken to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

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Hospital administrators warn that Utah will soon need to shift to "crisis standards" of care. Utah's two oldest and largest newspapers announce that they'll stop daily printing in 2021. More Utah women are donating to Biden as Trump struggles with female voters. And after 35 years of ownership, the Miller family is selling the Utah Jazz.

 

Salt Lake Tribune

While coronavirus cases surge in Utah, Gov. Gary Herbert warns that hospitals are starting to fill up. Facing pressure from constituents, lawmakers debate reigning in the governor's emergency powers. And candidates for Attorney General and Utah's 2nd District seat clash during debates.

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With coronavirus cases still surging, Utah adopts a new pandemic strategy. Elections officials urge residents to vote by mail and return their ballots early. And Sen. Mitt Romney calls American politics a "vile, vituperative, hate-filled morass." 

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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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This week's other debate between the two candidates vying to become Utah's next governor. The audit that says Utah did ‘not adequately anticipate or prepare’ for the onset of the pandemic. And the benefits for the unemployed that are about to expire — while the state pushes to get people back to work. 

Deseret News

Utah sees a big spike in coronavirus cases, with a whopping 911 new cases on Thursday. How children transmit the virus and what we know about Utah's school outbreaks. What polling says about the 4th District congressional race. And Sen. Mike Lee tries to downplay the role of climate change in this year's devastating wildfires. 

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A powerful windstorm causes widespread damage and one death in northern Utah. Salt Lake City police shoot a 13-year-old autistic boy. Neighboring states criticize Utah's proposed Lake Powell Pipeline. And the latest on the development of a coronavirus vaccine. 

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Salt Lake City will move to the "yellow" coronavirus restriction level. K-12 and higher-ed schools are forced to adapt after outbreaks. And with a September 30 deadline looming, a Utah-supported municipal nuclear power project comes under heightened scrutiny.  

Salt Lake Tribune

Lawmakers meet for a special session of the legislature to address ongoing coronavirus relief, tweaks to voting, and more. Gov. Gary Herbert declares a new state of emergency in response to the pandemic. And elected officials and business owners consider plans to address homeless encampments in Salt Lake City. 

ccsdut.org

Students will be returning to schools in many districts across Utah soon. How are officials planning to keep students and teachers safe amid the pandemic? What will the mix of in-person and online teaching be? How does everyone feel about going back to school?

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

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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.

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. 

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.

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.

Jeffrey M. Vinocur

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.

Tim Noonan at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, UT.
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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. 

Standard-Examiner

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. 

ABC4 Utah


Meatpacking plants in Cache Valley have been hit hard with COVID-19 with several hundred workers diagnosed with the disease in the past several weeks. Community organizations and individuals are trying to provide needed help to the affected families. Some of the workers at the JBS plant in Hyrum staged a walk-out to protest the company’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak.

Utah Lawmakers Increase Funding to Reopen Schools in Fall

Jun 24, 2020
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Utah educators, initially concerned about possible cuts in next year's school budget, got a surprise last week from the normally stingy state Legislature: a funding increase.

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Multiple meat packing plants in Utah have been hit with recent influxes of coronavirus cases and some consumers are concerned about what this means for the products from these plants.  The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food released a statement saying they are confident in the quantity and quality of the meat that is produced in Utah. 

Andrew Smith

 

On Thursday, lawmakers voted on significant cuts to the state’s budget, after a shortfall of funds due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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The Supreme Court rejects President Trump’s bid to end DACA. The Salt Lake City Council makes minor changes to funding for police. And while the risk of COVID-19 exposure is ‘higher than ever,’ Utah moves forward with a ‘full-blown’ economic recovery.

Gov. Herbert delivers press briefing on June 11, 2020
Office of the Governor

On Thursday Gov. Herbert gave his weekly COVID-19 update. He also used it as an opportunity to announce steps he is taking to address police brutality in Utah.

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