Coronavirus News

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It’s UPR’s Fall Member Drive. During our Spring Drive we talked with emergency room doctor, writer and UPR member Marion Bishop, who works at Cache Valley Hospital and Brigham City Community Hospital. We also talked with her last year as a part of an episode featuring frontline workers.

COVID cases have been on the rise in Utah for several weeks now. But according to new modeling data, the number of cases could decline soon. 

Utah confirmed 1,749 COVID-19 cases on Friday, and one doctor at Intermountain Healthcare said that Utah leaders fear the state will reach “crisis standards of care.” Dr. Todd Vento said hospitals are overwhelmed and there aren’t enough staff to keep up.

 

The Food and Drug Administration has voted to reject a plan to approve the Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots. The panel voted 16-2, with most members frustrated at the lack of evidence Pfizer provided to show the safety of the booster. 

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A crowd of small business owners and anti-vaccine mandate activists gathered at the House Office Building on the Capitol grounds on Wednesday. They were urging lawmakers to do something and not allow COVID-19 vaccine requirements for employees.

In the wake of President Biden’s vaccine mandates, many Utahns are voicing their resistance. A group calling themselves “Utah Open for Business” spoke to lawmakers at Capitol Hill, warning that mandates could drive those who are ideologically opposed to vaccination to quit or be fired, with detrimental impacts to the economy. They also feared that this mandate could foreshadow increased government interference in business.

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Fewer students are attending classes in person at the Utah State University Blanding Campus. Listen to Kerry Bringhurst's weekly interview with USU President Noelle Cockett to hear why.

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The U.S. Department of Education launches an investigation into Utah's ban on school mask mandates. Health officials hope personal stories — like that of a Vernal woman who got COVID after declining a vaccine — will help change minds. Gov. Spencer Cox questions the effectiveness of masks, contradicting healthcare professionals. And what the data from a European soccer championship can tell us about the spread of coronavirus at sports events in the US.

Nearly 100 percent of students in Salt Lake City school districts have been wearing masks in class according to school officials.  In August, Mayor Erin Mendenhall issued a mask mandate for students in grades K through 12 and principals were advised on how to enforce the mandate while respecting the dignity and autonomy of students.  Anyone not wearing a mask has been offered one and advised of the benefits of wearing a mask.  Students have not been prohibited from accessing in-person learning or activities if they declined to wear a mask.  As of today (Wednesday), 58 students out of a tota

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A member of a prominent Utah family accuses the LDS Church of fraud and sues to try to recoup millions of dollars in tithing. The increased oversight coming for Utah's 'troubled teen' industry. And the bills signed, left unsigned and vetoed by Utah Gov. Spencer Cox - including measures on pornography, social media, bail reform, and the Utah Inland Port. 

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Utah records its highest single-day increase in COVID-19 deaths. Frontline healthcare workers become the first residents to receive vaccine doses in the state. Lawmakers plan to give $1,500 bonus to Utah teachers, but may withhold the bonus from educators in the Salt Lake City School District. And federal land managers pull the plug on a Utah tar sands lease after the revelation that the applicant was a contractor with the Bureau of Land Management.

 

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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.


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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.

 

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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.

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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. 

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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.

 

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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. 

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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.  

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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. 

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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

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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. 

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