COVID-19

Utah Workers Need More Education For Post-Pandemic Economy

22 hours ago
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As the nation struggles to recover from the economic downturn amid the coronavirus pandemic, workforce experts are calling on Utah and other states to ramp up efforts to ensure that more workers have post-high school education and certificates. 

COVID-19 Infection Still A Risk In 'Green' Phase Areas

22 hours ago
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COVID-19 cases are increasing in Utah, but there are still pockets in the state where cases numbers are lower than the average. In mid-June the Governor allowed these rural areas to go into the “green” phase of economic reopening. The “green” phase allows businesses to reopen and residents to gather in larger numbers but with suggested health guidelines such as social distancing of six feet and wearing a mask.

SQ Radio: Temple Grandin Talks COVID-19

Jul 14, 2020
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The woman who thinks in pictures discusses the pandemic from her famous way of thinking.   

Based on her extensive research of coronavirus studies, Grandin offers solutions to some of the major challenges brought on by the pandemic such as shortages in common drug supply chains and how to prevent the massive waste of food that occurred in the livestock industry due to the slow down in meat and dairy distribution. She also reveals how the virus is affecting the workers at the meatpacking facilities. All of this and more! 

Kyler Roper ,24, has experienced COVID-19 symptoms for over 3 months now.
Kyler Roper

 

In early March, Kyler Roper, 24, had all the tell-tale signs of COVID-19 -- fever, dry cough and night sweats.  But, nearly three months later he’s still struggling with a severe shortness of breath. 

BRHD Reports 13 New COVID-19 Cases Monday

Jul 7, 2020

Bear River Health Department reported 13 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday as the seven-day rolling average of case confirmations continues to decrease.

Jeffrey M. Vinocur

It seems like SARS-CoV-2 antibody tests should be pretty simple. Tests consist of SARS-CoV-2 antigens on a plate. If a person has antibodies for SARS-CoV-2, their antibodies bind to the antigens, and the test reads as positive. However, it is possible to get a false positive if some other antibody can bind by coincidence to the antigen.

Tim Noonan at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, UT.
Tim Noonan

 

Back in late March, Tim Noonan tested positive for COVID-19, it started off with a low-grade fever. But, just a few days later his fever spiked and he was having trouble breathing. After going to the Instacare in Park City, the active 61-year-old was rushed to the emergency room. His oxygen levels were dropping. 

COVID-19 Lockdown Leads 92-Year-Old To Honorary High School Diploma

Jun 29, 2020
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After decades of waiting, a Cache Valley man accomplished a dream by receiving his honorary high school diploma at the age of 92.

Finding Love From A Safe, Social Distance

Jun 29, 2020
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Since March, multiple dating apps have reported significant increases in use. Cooper Boice is the owner of the dating app Mutual, which is targeted to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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“This would have been our 36th year I believe. And a lot of artists make their living going to all these summer festivals. And so these artists are not bringing in any income. They're suffering because of the inability to reach their audiences,” said Elanie Thatcher, the executive director of Logan’s Summerfest. 

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Utah's ongoing surge in coronavirus cases and the usefulness of masks in curbing the spread. The enduring protests over the police-shooting of Bernardo Palacios-Carbajal. And the big contributions fueling next week's Republican primary in the race for Utah governor. 

BRHD: 31 New Coronavirus Cases Reported Thursday

Jun 26, 2020

Thirty-one new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the Bear River Health District on Thursday.

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Over the past month, hundreds of workers in the JBS meatpacking plant in Hyrum were infected with the coronavirus. Activists and JBS employees are concerned not enough is being done to protect workers from further spread.

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With COVID-19 cases in Utah growing by nearly 10% each day, Gov. Herbert announced Wednesday that mask-wearing will be mandatory at all state facilities, including higher education facilities and liquor stores. He said although he believes masks help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, he has is not planning on issuing a statewide mandate 

BRHD Finds 15 New Cases Of COVID-19 On Wednesday

Jun 25, 2020

The Bear River Health Department reported 15 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the seven-day rolling average of new daily cases to 39.

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Meatpacking plants in Cache Valley have been hit hard with COVID-19 with several hundred workers diagnosed with the disease in the past several weeks. Community organizations and individuals are trying to provide needed help to the affected families. Some of the workers at the JBS plant in Hyrum staged a walk-out to protest the company’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak.

Utah Lawmakers Increase Funding to Reopen Schools in Fall

Jun 24, 2020
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Utah educators, initially concerned about possible cuts in next year's school budget, got a surprise last week from the normally stingy state Legislature: a funding increase.

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Ten years ago, Michael Leavitt managed pandemic preparedness when he was former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services.  At the time, Leavitt played a big role in putting together a plan for handling the H1N1 Swine Flu. 

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Barbara Farris is a retired health education teacher who lives in Cache Valley. Until March of this year she was in Zambia with the Peace Corps DREAMS program.

CAPSA Sees Record Number Of Calls, Clients

Jun 22, 2020

Citizens Against Physical and Sexual Abuse in Logan just experienced its highest capacity week in 40 years.

 

In a typical week, the nonprofit shelters 20 individuals. Last week, it housed 47.

 

  As it was becoming clear that the United States was going to be one of the epicenters of the COVID-19 pandemic, I was asked to talk to a group of climate adaptation students about crisis communication — and I worried at first that I wouldn’t be able to draw lines between two very different crises. It turns out, though, that these crises have a lot in common.

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The Supreme Court rejects President Trump’s bid to end DACA. The Salt Lake City Council makes minor changes to funding for police. And while the risk of COVID-19 exposure is ‘higher than ever,’ Utah moves forward with a ‘full-blown’ economic recovery.

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Officials from Utah State University announced on Wednesday that after Thanksgiving break all university classes will be taught remotely and final exams will be administered remotely as well. In addition to that, fall break on Oct. 16 has been canceled. 

BRHD Confirms 30 Cases Of COVID-19 On Wednesday

Jun 18, 2020

The Bear River Health Department confirmed 30 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday.

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The Logan Municipal Council unanimously approved budgets for fiscal year 2020-2021, including an overall 2.6% budget cut.

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