COVID-19

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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.

USU Statewide Campuses

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.

Thirteen Utah hospitals, including Logan Regional, will postpone many non-emergency surgeries starting next week as health care workers are overwhelmed by another surge in COVID-19 cases from the faster-spreading delta variant, a major health care company said Friday.

Sen. Kirk Cullimore (R-Sandy) says businesses should have some accountability and responsibility if they decide to mandate the coronavirus vaccines and an employee or customer has an adverse reaction to it. 

Outside of his role in Star Trek, George Takei is known for his narratives and talks about Japanese internment. In a recent interview Takei talks about how history may be repeating itself.

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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.

Governor Spencer Cox says Utah has hit a “breaking point” when it comes to COVID-19, with rising cases and fewer hospital beds to treat people. 

Utah Valley University is joining other colleges in Utah in requiring students to get the COVID-19 vaccine. UVU officials announced Monday the mandate will take effect for the spring semester.

First responders and paramedics are feeling the strain of the delta COVID-19 variant. In Ogden, the number of COVID-19 related calls is up substantially, and medical professionals are feeling burnt out.

Navajo Nation Tribal President Jonathan Nez says all executive branch employees will need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by the end of September or agree to submit regular negative tests.

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When the COVID-19 pandemic first emerged, tests were hard to come by, and you often had to wait days or even weeks for the results. We’ll be talking with an interdisciplinary group of researchers who developed a way to make testing more efficient.

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University of Utah researchers set out to measure changes in Park City’s air quality during the ski season and Sundance Film Festival. Then COVID-19 hit. And the city went into lockdown. And the data became even more fascinating.

Grand County School District Announces Mask Mandate

Aug 19, 2021

Elementary students in the Grand County School District will be required to wear masks indoors. This will be the only school district in Utah with a mask mandate. 

On Monday evening, Governor Spencer Cox tweeted a photo showing boxes containing over a million masks in a warehouse before they are shipped out to Utah schools. 

Utah Officials Urged To Approve K-12 Mask Mandates

Aug 13, 2021
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  As the Delta variant drives a growing number COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations in Utah, particularly among young adults and children, officials are being asked to reinstate a mask requirement for all K-12 schools.

As the first day of school approaches, many county health departments still aren’t sure if they’ll be issuing a mask order for schools. Even if masking is recommended by a health director, the order would need to be approved by the county’s governing body. 

Unvaccinated workers in long-term care facilities are posing a threat to Utah’s most vulnerable population. Cases are once again rising inside nursing homes and assisted living facilities. 

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In May, the Utah legislature voted to ban school districts from requiring masks in classrooms. Now it is up to local health departments to help schools combat COVID-19.

On Sunday, the Navajo Nation reported 18 more COVID-19 cases, but no additional deaths for the eighth consecutive day.

The number of COVID-19 cases surged back above 1,000 Wednesday, which is more than six times higher than one month ago when there were only 161 new cases. In addition, the rolling seven-day average is now 907, the highest since mid-February.

Primary Children’s Hospital is preparing to see more COVID-19 cases as young students return to school. The hospital usually has surge plans in place for the flu and RSV, but now COVID-19 must be planned and prepared for as well.

Executive director of the Salt Lake County Health Department Dr. Angela Dunn told county commissioners Tuesday she’s expecting a child to be hospitalized every other day during the upcoming school year unless serious measures are put into place to prevent COVID-19 transmission in schools.

The number of people in Utah hospitals with COVID-19 is at its highest point since February of this year, but there are only half as many cases today than there were earlier this year.

Utah’s public-school year is set to begin next month, yet no official plans for COVID-19 guidelines have been released.

Jessica Preece

In preparation for students returning to campus, a group of faculty, staff and students at Brigham Young University are working together to hold off-campus vaccination clinics.

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