COVID-19

With a surge in Covid-19 cases continuing in Utah and a vaccine on the horizon, we’ll look at the current situation and look ahead today. Our guest for the hour is Doctor Stuart Fischer, Medical Director of Bronx Gardens Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in New York City. We’ll talk about the impact of holiday travel on the spread of the virus, how people living with chronic conditions can stay healthy, and lessons learned from the pandemic, among many other topics.

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When coronavirus first led to business shutdowns Beehive Cheese didn’t know what to expect.

This week on Undisciplined, we’re talking about monarch caterpillars, ancient big-game hunters, and of course we’ll be talking about the biggest news in science this month — two apparently effective vaccines for COVID-19.

Salt Lake Tribune

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert gets an earful from Republican state lawmakers for his coronavirus measures. After getting COVID-19, some Utah children are hospitalized with a serious illness. A state lawmaker aims to create a criminal defense for drivers who hit and kill protesters during a riot. And an audit into the dealings of the former head of the Utah Department of Agriculture finds free spending and cronyism.


Deseret News

Responding to a recent Access Utah episode on COVID-19 in Utah, Lisa O’Brien wrote us to say that she had founded a Utah COVID-19 Long Haulers group, and that many are still struggling with long term effects of COVID. She says that some have hit 8 months or longer and that studies are now showing that at least 10% are ending up with long term effects & that Post COVID Care centers are going up across the country for Long Haulers to help those dealing with Post Viral symptoms. Today we’ll talk with Lisa O’Brien, Stacie Linderman, and Christine Maughan.


Analysis: Reopening No Cure for ID Families' Financial Struggles

Nov 17, 2020
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Despite a largely reopened state, Idaho families are struggling and expect the financial pain will continue.

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Gov. Gary Herbert announced last week that as part of the state’s newest plans for mitigating the spread of COVID-19 and reducing hospital capacity, all college and university students in the state attending in-person classes will need to be tested for COVID-19 each week.

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Utah logs its highest single-day increase in coronavirus cases, and hospitals are close to being overwhelmed. Republican Burgess Owens maintains his lead over incumbent Democratic Congressman Ben McAdams in Utah’s hotly contested 4th District. And with the arrival of cold weather, homeless service providers hit snags as they try to finalize plans for overflow shelter space for people experiencing homelessness this winter.

 

Salt Lake Tribune

Governor Herbert has issued a State of Emergency due to an increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations and what he says are unsustainable case rates. The Utah Department of Health says that hospitalizations and ICUs are nearing capacity, and that healthcare providers will be unable to care for Utahns in the coming days if this surge continues.

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While many colleges and universities worried the COVID-19 pandemic would lead to significant drops in their student populations, universities in Southern Utah saw record enrollment growth this year.

Moab Locals Struggle With Increased Pandemic Tourism

Nov 10, 2020
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With the temperatures starting to drop in southern Utah, locals of Moab are looking for a bit of relief from a record number of tourists this year.

To address hospital overcrowding as COVID-19 cases continue to surge in the state of Utah, Gov. Gary Herbert issued a new state of emergency on Sunday night. The order includes a state-wide mask mandate and limits all casual gatherings to members of the same household for the next two weeks. 

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Election Day may have come and gone, but the results of some races, like the 4th Congressional District contest, remain too close to call. Two Utah Republicans push back against President Trump's false, post-election claims - while urging everyone to take a deep breath and calm down. And with Utah coronavirus numbers again shattering records, officials warn that the worst is yet to come. 

You're listening to Utah Public Radio. I'm Kerry Bringhurst with a weekly update conversation with USU President Noelle Cockett. 

You're listening to Utah Public Radio, I'm Kerry Bringhurst. As of Thursday, there are 324 students, staff or faculty members at Utah State University campuses or centers across Utah who have reported confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the last three weeks. This is a decrease from the 350 reported last Thursday. These active cases include 303 students living either on or off campus. 

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Utah recently set a new single-day record for Covid-19 cases. Governor Herbert has announced new guidelines. And the Utah Public Health Association is calling for stricter measures to be taken to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

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Hospital administrators warn that Utah will soon need to shift to "crisis standards" of care. Utah's two oldest and largest newspapers announce that they'll stop daily printing in 2021. More Utah women are donating to Biden as Trump struggles with female voters. And after 35 years of ownership, the Miller family is selling the Utah Jazz.

 

The Utah Sierra Club and other community groups are mourning the loss of a Utah social justice warrior. Murray resident and longtime activist Margarita Satini died Tuesday from the COVID-19 virus.

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COVID-19 rates in Utah are continuing to go up. Utah Governor Gary Herbert and health experts continue to urge people to take action.

Zion National Park Sets Record September Visitation

Oct 26, 2020
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As St. George, Utah remains sunny and warm this fall, Zion National Park set a record high number in visitors during the month of September.

Salt Lake Tribune

While coronavirus cases surge in Utah, Gov. Gary Herbert warns that hospitals are starting to fill up. Facing pressure from constituents, lawmakers debate reigning in the governor's emergency powers. And candidates for Attorney General and Utah's 2nd District seat clash during debates.

New App Lets Users Design COVID-19 Treatments

Oct 21, 2020
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Researchers at The University of Utah created a new smartphone app that allows users to design new drugs to fight against COVID-19.

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With coronavirus cases still surging, Utah adopts a new pandemic strategy. Elections officials urge residents to vote by mail and return their ballots early. And Sen. Mitt Romney calls American politics a "vile, vituperative, hate-filled morass." 

New Study Looks At Rural West Covid-19 Trends

Oct 8, 2020

 


 

Although the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the United States as a whole, not all areas face the same impact. A recent report from the Institue of Outdoor Recreation and Toursim at Utah State University entitled the "Rural West COVID Project" looks at the impact of the virus in places like Utah.

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Coronavirus cases in Utah continue to grow in young-adult populations-- especially those on college campuses. Mia Fairbanks interviewed Janice Hall, a student at Brigham Young University about her experience with COVID-19 precautions at the university and attitudes among other students. 

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This week's other debate between the two candidates vying to become Utah's next governor. The audit that says Utah did ‘not adequately anticipate or prepare’ for the onset of the pandemic. And the benefits for the unemployed that are about to expire — while the state pushes to get people back to work. 

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One of the first questions candidate Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox (R) and Chris Peterson (D) answered during Tuesday’s gubernatorial debate was whether they would issue a statewide mask mandate right now if they had the power to do so. 

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Wash your hands with soap and water frequently throughout the day, keep a six-foot distance between yourself and others, use hand sanitizer when you’re on the go, mask-up when you’re outside your own house and, most importantly, stay home if you feel sick. 

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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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