Coronavirus News

Popular Northern Utah Arts Faire Cancels Summer Event

Apr 2, 2020
Concerns over COVID-19 forced the cancellation of Logan's Summerfest Arts Faire.

The board of Summerfest Arts Faire has announced that their 2020 festival will be cancelled due to concerns about COVID-19. The festival is usually held on Father’s Day weekend at Logan’s LDS Tabernacle Square.

Utah Unemployment Jumps 2,400%

Apr 2, 2020
Coronavirus causes Utah's employment rates to jump 2,400%, many coming from food industry layoffs.
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Utah’s average number of unemployment claims per week was 1,131 last year, according to Kevin Burt, the Unemployment Division director for the Utah Department of Workforce Services. Last week, the Department of Workforce Services saw more than a 1,300% increase in unemployment claims due to the coronavirus. This week, it’s up 2,400%.

Second Cannabis Pharmacy In Utah Opens

Apr 1, 2020
medical cannabis pharmacy, medical marijuana dispensary Utah,  Perfect Earth Modern Apothecary in North Logan.
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“COVID-19, the coronavirus, it's definitely slowed down our practice just in general,” said Ammon Hills, an interventional pain management specialist in Cache and Box Elder counties. “But we're definitely adjusting and kind of responding.”

Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing requirements have led to many churches to close to the public.
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During the Easter season is when many churches are busy collecting palm leaves, planning choir programs and preparing for one of the most important days in christianity. But this year, churches across the world are implementing changes, like going digital, to continue to provide services while maintaining social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic. 

The second death related to the coronavirus has been reported in Utah on Friday. 

State epidemiologist Dr. Angela Dunn said in the briefing at 1 p.m. on Friday that this individual was from the south-western part of the state and died in a hospital in Salt Lake County. The individual was an adult under the age of 60 with underlying medical conditions. 

Coronavirus, COVID-19; Pollution caused by PM2.5, NO2 decreased in China from Jan. 1 to Feb. 25 due to coronavirus-related shutdowns, and similar data is coming in from the U.S.
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While there are many economic concerns about business shutdowns related to the coronavirus, Utah State University professor Randy Martin said one positive outcome has been the reduction in emissions, leading to better air quality throughout the world.

Confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Utah now exceed 400. The case count in the state increased by 56 positive tests between Wednesday and Thursday, bringing the total of residents who have tested positive to 388 and the number of visitors t0 14, for a total of 402 cases total.

Donations of masks in response to COVID-19 forces Utah health care providers to create guidelines.
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Intermountain Healthcare and University of Utah Health have released guidelines for donating masks and other items to support the COVID-19 response.

In a statement release Wednesday the healthcare providers expressed appreciation for the generosity of so many people in the community who are looking for ways to help.

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As the coronavirus pandemic grows, missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are adjusting to coming home and living in quarantine. 

Grocery stores unstocked due to panic-buying over the coronavirus.
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As the global coronavirus pandemic continues, more and more people are relying on the services of non-profits. UPR’s Kat Webb has been visiting with different non-profit leaders in Cache County and today, our news director, Matilyn Mortensen, had a conversation with her about what she’s been hearing.  

Shelters are already full as Utah prepares for increasing cases of COVID-19.
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“The reality is, our shelters are full,” said Joe Vazquez, the co-executive director of the Salt Lake City Mission. He said in the 23 years he’s worked with rescue missions to help the homeless, he’s been involved with disasters before, but never one so massive as this one surrounding the coronavirus pandemic — especially since it’s been compounded by the aftermath of last week’s earthquake.

Debunking COVID-19 Myths On Monday's Access Utah

Mar 23, 2020

DEBUNKED is a new podcast produced by the USU Tribal and Rural Opioid Initiative and USU Extension in conjunction with Utah Public Radio, which focuses on harm reduction and debunking myths around the opioid crisis. Their newest episode focuses on COVID-19.

COVID-19, coronavirus, social distancing, theaters and ballets cancelling performances and hope to transition to online-streaming services.
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“We're seeing a huge amount of loss of gigs,” said Crystal Young-Otterstrom, the executive director of the Utah Cultural Alliance.

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magnitude 5.7 earthquake hits Utah. Rep. Ben McAdams tests positive for the coronavirus. And statewide efforts aim to slow a pandemic. 

Colman Andrews

Update, Mar. 17, 8:18 p.m.-- The Utah Department of Health has ordered all restaurants, bars and food service establishments to suspend dine-in options for two weeks effective Wednesday, Mar. 18 at 11:59 p.m.