Coronavirus News

Utah Coronavirus Update, Friday, April 17

Apr 17, 2020

The Utah Department of Health announced 122 new cases of the coronavirus on Friday afternoon, bringing the statewide total to 2,805. The virus has caused two new deaths and six more hospitalizations.

In lieu of the typical daily update, Gov. Gary Herbert joined with representatives from the state senate, house, local commerce and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to announce the “Utah Leads Together 2.0” plan aimed at a phased reopening of the state’s commerce on May 1.

LDS Church to partner with University of Utah and Intermountain Healthcare to sew 5 million "clinical grade" masks for healthcare providers and other frontline workers during the coronavirus pandemic.
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On Friday, state officials announced the second iteration of the “Utah Leads Together” plan. Through this plan, private industry is partnering with the healthcare community and religious groups to not only get Utah’s economy functioning normally again, but to slow the spread of the coronavirus in the state. Derek Miller, president of the Salt Lake Chamber and Downtown Alliance, said the partnership between the public and private sectors represents “the Utah way” of coming together to help the state, as a whole. 

Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune

Utah unemployment numbers soar, while small businesses plead for more state help in the midst of a pandemic. Lawmakers meet in a largely-digital special session. And official estimates vastly underestimate the number of coronavirus cases. 

Utah Coronavirus Update, Thursday, April 16

Apr 16, 2020

As of 1 p.m. on Thursday afternoon, there are 2,683 confirmed coronavirus cases in Utah.

This marks a jump of 141 cases in 24 hours. One additional death have been reported, bringing the total number of Utahns to die from the virus to 21. There have been 17 new hospitalizations from the virus.

Cait Salinas | Utah Public Radio

On Thursday's Access Utah, we check in with our arts community. How has COVID-19 affected local arts organizations? How can audiences support the arts?

Beware Of Financial Scams Related To Stimulus Checks

Apr 16, 2020





Assistant Special Agent In Charge of the Criminal Investigation Branch of the IRS Tyler Hatcher is all too aware of the methods criminals use to scam Americans.

Tracy Gruber, the director of the Utah Office of Child Care at Utah Department of Workforce Services, announced an operations grant available to licensed and open childcare facilities today. The funding is meant to keep the operations going in the face of significant loss in enrollment.

Gruber said Utah’s childcare programs have taken a significant hit — just like the rest of the country. In fact, Gruber said 38% of licensed childcare centers in the state have temporarily closed, as have 18% of family programs. Overall, Gruber said the state has lost 38,000 childcare slots. 

Utah Coronavirus Update, Wednesday, April 15

Apr 15, 2020

There are now 2,142 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Utah as of the daily update at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Along with an increase of 130 cases from Tuesday, one new death — a male over the age of 60 with underlying health issues — has been reported. 

Eight new hospitalizations due to the virus were reported, bringing the state total to 221. Roughly half of the cases requiring hospitalization have been 46-64 years of age, with 25-44 and 65-84 splitting the other half. 


The stress of staying home and the unknowns of a global pandemic can be hard on our brains. Here is some advice from local professionals on ways you can maintain your mental health at this time.

In the daily press conference to update Utahns on the coronavirus, state epidemiologist Angela Dunn said Utah’s confirmed coronavirus cases have been analyzed to determine differences in racial backgrounds. Dunn said the results show the state’s Hispanic and LatinX populations have been disproportionately affected by the coronavirus. While only making up 14% of the state’s racial or ethnic background, 28% of Utah’s cases identify as Hispanic or LatinX.

Gov. Gary Herbert said to continue slowing the spread of COVID-19, the soft closure of Utah’s schools will continue through the rest of the 2019-2020 school year. He made the announcement today, in the daily press conference to update the public about the coronavirus in Utah, where he said it’s essential students’ learning continues. The governor added distance learning efforts enacted by many of Utah’s schools have been difficult, but he said he appreciates the way families and teachers have adapted. 

Utah Coronavirus Update, Tuesday, April 14

Apr 14, 2020

There are 49 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Utah as of Tuesday at 1 p.m., and one new death has been reported. According to Gov. Gary Herbert, the mortality rate in Utah is 0.8% where the national average is about 4%, and the international average is roughly 6%. Twelve more cases have required hospitalization. 

More information will be available after the daily 1:30 p.m. press conference.

Utah Shakespeare Festival to continue despite coronavirus.
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The Utah Shakespeare Festival announced today it’s moving forward with plans to produce a 2020 season. 

How Hospitals Have Adapted Communications To COVID-19

Apr 13, 2020

With the coronavirus pandemic, we are constantly being told new information. Hospitals have been constantly evolving as new information on the virus. 

Are Federal Agencies Using COVID-19 To Attack Federal Lands?

Apr 10, 2020
Conservation groups like the Western Watersheds Project and the Center for Biological Diversity are accusing federal agencies like the Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Land Management of attacking public lands, using COVID-19 as a smokescreen.

A Center for Western Priorities study found that the Interior Department has issued 57 separate actions since March 6, when President Donald Trump signed the first COVID-19 emergency bill. Erik Molvar, the executive director of the Western Watersheds Project, said Interior released the Great Basin Fuel Breaks Project last week. According to Molvar, the project would destroy thousands of acres of sage grouse habitat in Utah and do little to control wildfires.

Utah Coronavirus Updates, Friday, April 10

Apr 10, 2020

There have been 126 new cases of the coronavirus in Utah as of 1 p.m. on Friday, bringing the state’s total to 2,102 confirmed cases. Utah’s growth is still holding steady at about 5%, according to state epidemiologist Angela Dunn.

Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune

Half of Utah’s nursing homes in contact with the state have had a COVID-19 case. Travelers arriving in Utah will have to fill out coronavirus health questionnaires. And Utah lawmakers consider clamping down on local stay-at-home orders.  

Utah Coronavirus Updates, Thursday, April 9

Apr 9, 2020

There are 1,976 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Utah as of Thursday afternoon at 1 p.m. This is an increase of 130 — or 7% — from Wednesday.

In a press conference Thursday, Gov. Gary Herbert said he will be in talks with the chairman of the state school board and the state superintendent on whether or not students will return to schools in May or if the soft closure will continue after the original May 1 deadline. He said there’s also a possibility schools may be dismissed early, pending a review on how things have gone in the past few weeks.

Herbert said there will be an announcement on the decision some time next week.

Contact free social distancing community art day with at the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art at Utah State University.
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The Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art at Utah State University tries to offer a community art day on the second Saturday of every month. This week, NEHMA will feature a sculpture walk and the option to make art from home to comply with social distancing since the museum has closed, according to Michelle Nowling, NEHMA’s education and outreach coordinator.

Cait Salinas

Utah Governor Gary Herbert announced new travel guidelines Wednesday to help monitor and reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Utah Public Radio will broadcast a special one-hour program with Gordon Larsen, Policy Director for the Governor's Office, Utah State Senator Lyle Hillyard, Bear River Health Department Director Lloyd Berentzen Thursday morning at 10am. Tom Williams will host the special COVID-19 CONVERSATION to address questions about ways and why Utah is monitoring travel across state borders, among other topics. 


We know that the coronavirus pandemic is disrupting the economy as well as the obvious health effects. How is all of this affecting small businesses in Utah?

There are 1,738 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Utah as of Tuesday afternoon at 1 p.m. This is an increase of 63 cases since Monday. 

The Independent

How is the coronavirus pandemic affecting rural Utah? We’ll talk about concerns of smaller healthcare facilities, decisions over closures of national parks, and how the economies of rural communities are being affected.

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-days Saints has been attempting to send every foreign serving missionary back to their home country due to the COVID-19 outbreak. That includes 12,000 returning home to Utah. The full story can be found at

Rick Egan | Salt Lake Tribune

A Salt Lake County inmate becomes the first incarcerated Utahn to test positive for coronavirus. Intermountain Healthcare plans pay cuts for some medical staff during the COVID-19 outbreak. And Salt Lake City negotiates the purchase of an eclectic Sugarhouse property, and plans to turn it into a public art park. 

Schools close to slow spread of coronavirus, but cafeteria workers are still preparing lunches for students to be picked up or dropped off on bus routes.
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On a typical weekday, Edith Bowen Laboratory School in Logan usually bustles with more than 300 K-5 students, but just before Spring Break, the school’s secretary, Susan Wall, was one of five people in the building due to the coronavirus pandemic.

BRHD Announces 24 Confirmed Coronavirus Cases

Apr 2, 2020
Bear River Health Department

The Bear River Health Department confirmed eight new cases coronavirus cases and up to 56 potential cases in a press release today. The release states one of the confirmed cases was a healthcare provider from a small family practice, and through tracing exposure, 10 symptomatic individuals were identified with the other 46 being asked to quarantine as a precaution.

Today, Governor Gary Herbert announced “a first-of-its-kind partnership” between the state and the Silicone Slopes Serves initiative to more than double Utah’s testing capacity in efforts to “crush the curve.” According to Herbert, the goal of the three-phase plan between healthcare professionals and the technological sector is a way to “keep citizens safe, informed and help us all get us back to a normal way of life as quickly and safely as possible.”