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A few months ago we talked with several Covid-19 long haulers. They said that some continued to suffer debilitating effects of the disease months after being infected with the virus. Many long haulers say they had active lifestyles prior to getting sick, but they are nowhere near getting back to normal. Today we’re going to check back in with Lisa O’Brien, founder of a Utah COVID-19 Long Haulers group. We’ll also be talking to Dr. Brayden Yellman of the Bateman Horne Center and Dr. Jeanette Brown, Director of the new post-COVID care clinic at the University of Utah. 

With hot temperatures comes high ozone levels, which tend to present breathing problems, according to doctors from Intermountain Healthcare. Coming out of a pandemic, this is especially concerning for those who have or who are currently battling COVID-19.

According to a report from Deseret News, the state of Utah spent more than $6.7 billion in federal funds in the year of the COVID-19 pandemic. This number has State Auditor John Dougall concerned about the future reliance Utah could have on federal subsidies. 

Utah State University

UPR broadcasts a weekly interview with Utah State University President Noelle Cockett, checking in on whatever is happening at the university that week. Earlier you heard the condensed version of this conversation. Today on Access Utah we’ll hear the full interview. We’ll talk about new rules at USU regarding face masks, vaccination rates, transitioning to a more-normal life, and we’ll look ahead to the fall.

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Mask mandates in schools was one of the 22 topics approved for the special session of the Utah State Legislature on Wednesday. 

What To Expect This Year At The Farmer's Market

May 19, 2021

Music may be something you missed from last year’s farmer’s markets as markets across the state implemented new rules to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Utah won’t require masks to be worn in K-12 schools during the final week of classes, Gov. Spencer Cox announced Thursday. However, he added local school districts could choose to continue the mandate if they felt it was appropriate, according to Deseret News.

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Political scientists Erika Allen Wolters and Brent Steel have written that the United States is experiencing a political era in which facts are fluid and the truth is subjective, and that the consequences of ideology trumping science can be devastating. And they wrote that back in 2017. This week we’ll talk to them about how their fears have shifted in the past four years.

In a Facebook town hall on Tuesday night, Gov. Spencer Cox said he is happy with the low COVID-19 case counts. He said hospitalizations and deaths have almost disappeared completely. 

Utah lawmakers passed a bill earlier this year that prohibited government agencies from mandating COVID-19 vaccines, however, it didn’t say the government couldn’t provide incentives for getting a shot. According to The Salt Lake Tribune, that is exactly what Gov. Spencer Cox wants to do. 

Gov. Cox announced on Tuesday that federal unemployment programs tied to the pandemic will end in Utah next month. This includes the $300 weekly stimulus payment and other federal unemployment programs. 

ARUP Laboratories

The University of Utah recently partnered with two Utah laboratories to produce an inexpensive coronavirus antibody test, in the form of a mobile app.

On Monday, The Food and Drug administration granted its approval for administering the Prizer COVID-19 vaccine to children and teens as young as 12 years old. On Wednesday, a CDC advisory committee is expected to issue final guidance on how to effectively administer the vaccine, according to KUTV.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury has released its spending amounts and guidelines for the $350 billion in pandemic relief funding, and roughly $2.5 billion is coming to Utah, according to a report from KUTV.

Utah Reports 207 COVID-19 Cases, One New Death

May 10, 2021

The Utah Department of Health’s Monday COVID-19 report shows an increase of 207 confirmed cases and one new death. 

According to a new qualitative brief from the Utah Women and Leadership Project, which has been studying COVID-19 impacts on Utah women, career advancement opportunities have been slim among the state’s women since the pandemic began.

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With Utah lifting COVID restrictions, businesses are seeing an increase in customers, but restaurants in Cache Valley say they’re struggling to hire staff to fill the demand.

The Utah Department of Corrections announced Thursday that all inmates in the Utah State Prison and Central Utah Correctional Facility have been offered at least one COVID-19 vaccine.

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After a brief pause on the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, Utah state health officials gave the OK on Friday for vaccine providers to start using the vaccine again. For people who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine before its pause, the decision to briefly stop giving it was stressful.

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As vaccine availability continues to outpace demand in Utah, organizations like churches or businesses will now be able to sign up to host mobile vaccine clinics. 

According to a report from KUTV, Utah doctor Andrew Pavia is urging young people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as hospitals across the country are seeing spikes in cases among their age group.

The Salt Lake County governmetn announced Sunday on its Facebook page that it has two thousand COVID-19 vaccination appointments available for this week.

In his weekly news conference Thursday, Gov. Cox said Utah is reaching a point where the supply of COVID-19 vaccines is beginning to outweigh demand. 

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Positive COVID-19 cases are decreasing, the number of people vaccinated is increasing, and the statewide mask mandate has ended in Utah. And while many people are hoping the summer of 2021 will be better than last year, with more options for activities in public and with others, for parents whose children are too young to get vaccinated, there are still many concerns. 

Partnership for Healthier America

After the coronavirus pandemic shut down restaurants and emptied grocery shelves, food experts said lessons learned while rebuilding regional supply chains could be tapped to make Colorado's food system more resilient and equitable.

The Open Notebook

Montana-based writer David Quammen says that Covid-19 is a reminder of viruses’ destructive power, but that life as we know it would be impossible without them. In his latest article for National Geographic titled “How Viruses Shape Our World,” he reviews the evolutionary origins of viruses and how they have helped shape the history of life.

According to a new study by WalletHub, Utah is the sixth-least safe state during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Tom Williams here with Utah State University President Noelle Cockett with our weekly conversation here at Utah Public Radio. President Cockett, thanks so much for joining us.

The Utah Department of Health is recommending vaccine providers temporarily pause administration of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine due to reports of a rare type of blood clot experienced by six women who received the vaccine. According to a press release, the pause is to allow the FDA and CDC time to investigate these reports. 

According to KUTV, only 185 new cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Utah since Sunday — and the Utah Department of Health is expressing concerns about the decreasing number of Utahns getting tested. 

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