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Utah County currently has the highest number of COVID cases in the state-despite making up only 20% of the population.

Utah Public Radio’s Kerry Bringhurst spoke with Utah State University President Noelle Cockett Monday about an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases on the USU campus. Cockett says wastewater analysis shows evidence of COVID-19 among students at the Living Learning Center (LLC) on the main Logan campus. 

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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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It’s UPR’s Fall Member Drive and Tom Williams will be joined for the hour by Lynne McNeill, Co-Director of the Digital Folklore Project at USU and Associate Professor of English.

 

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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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During the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of Americans who had been used to working from an office found themselves working from home. But while this might have felt like a very sudden shift, it’s part of a historic movement toward home-based work. This week, we’ll dive into that history — and some of its really nefarious themes.

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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.  

Before fall semester at Utah State University began on Monday, students in four on-campus housing residence halls were quarantined due to increased levels of SARS-CoV-2 in the wastewater. This testing is part of the university's plan to reduce the spread of the virus. 

This week on Undisciplined, we’re talking about the long-lost woolly rhinoceros, Vikings, smallpox, and innovations in playground equipment. With a list of subjects that diverse, you might have guessed that the monthly science news round-up is back – and it is.

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The Atlantic magazine recently “asked photographers in 24 locations around the globe to point their cameras up to the sky at precisely the same moment—1 p.m. GMT, April 25. At a time when the world is so isolated, these photos are a reminder of what we share.” The resulting article is We Are All Living the Same Moment, written by Gretel Ehrlich.

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Increased levels of SARS-CoV-2 have been detected in the waste water of four Utah State Universityresident halls—Rich, Jones Morgan and Davis. All 287 students who live in these halls will bequarantined while COVID-19 test are administered on Sunday and Monday.

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Schools across the state have been opening over the past two weeks, with many modifications intended to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Here is a look at some of the adaptations made to music classes at Mount Logan Middle School. 

COVID Crisis Could Force Closures, Job Losses at Utah Nonprofits

Aug 25, 2020
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 During the crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of Utahns and millions of Americans have turned to nonprofit groups to help them weather the storm.

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The USU Center for Anticipatory Intelligence (CAI) looks across all disciplines to spot threats posed by emerging technologies and other threats. CAI is an interdisciplinary nexus fusing expertise in national security and geopolitics with cutting-edge instruction in cyber threats, data analytics, and emergent technology. CAI students predicted a novel zoonotic outbreak last year. 

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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. 

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert says parents who don't want to follow his health mandate by requiring their children to wear masks when returning to school should keep them home.

Navajo Nation health officials have reported 19 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and three additional deaths. That brings the total number of people infected to 9,519 with the known death toll at 487 as of Thursday.

Utah legislators have unanimously voted in favor of a plan for the November election that includes outdoor voting and additional ballot drop boxes in rural parts of the state. 

Navajo Nation health officials have reported 14 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 but no additional deaths. That brings the total number of people infected to 9,500 with the known death toll still at 484 as of Wednesday. 

A mask mandate in Utah’s largest county, which includes Salt Lake City, has been extended until the end of the year. Fox 13 reported Wednesday that Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson signed an order extending the mandate through Dec. 31. 

Utahns whose employment has been impacted by COVID-19 may be eligible for short-term training programs at Utah colleges and universities.

Thanks to CARES Act funding, Summit County is launching two grant programs to help organizations impacted by the coronavirus.

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Logan is a small city that is thriving in the United States, despite the pandemic, according to a recent article on governing.com.

Navajo Nation health officials have reported 17 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and four additional deaths. That brings the total number of people infected to 9,486 and the known death toll to 484 as of Tuesday. Navajo Department of Health officials said 89,399 people have been tested for the coronavirus and 6,987 have recovered. 

Educational disruptions forced by the coronavirus pandemic are hurting teenagers who also may need to work and help their families care for young kids. Those challenges are expected to persist as a new school year gets underway, largely with remote learning. 

A Utah lawmaker says some teachers haven’t received any personal protective equipment as students return to school. Riebe, who represents Cottonwood Heights, says teachers in her district were “nervous” about the lack of supplies. 

The Navajo Nation has rescinded its stay-at-home order, but is encouraging residents to leave their homes only for emergencies or essential activities and errands. The order was rescinded Sunday, when 24 additional coronavirus cases and zero deaths were reported. 

Five mink infected with SARS-CoV-2, the animal virus linked to COVID-19 in humans, were identified at two Utah mink farms. This is the first confirmed case of the virus in mink in the United States.

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez is urging all schools on the tribe’s reservation to use online learning during the fall semester to help reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus. 

Navajo Nation health officials have reported 38 more cases of COVID-19 and one additional death. That brings the total number of people infected to 9,394 and the known death toll to 478 as of Thursday.

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