COVID-19

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. 

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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

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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. 

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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.

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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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To better understand how the COVID-19 pandemic affected Utah women and girls, the Women’s Leadership Project at USU surveyed 3,500 women across the state in January.

As ordered by Gov. Spencer Cox, the state mask mandate ends as of April 10th for the general public. According to Fox 13, State employees and those on state properties will still be required to wear a mask until at least May 31. The governor has also encouraged business owners in the state to still require mask-wearing. 

Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson announced on Tuesday that masks will be required in all county buildings, even after the statewide mask mandate ends on Saturday. 

Dr. Jule Kiefer, a University of Utah doctor, is one of the many medical experts sharing the concerning news that about one-third of COVID-19 survivors suffer from neurological or psychiatric disorders. 

Tom Williams here with Utah State University President Noelle Cockett. President Cockett, thanks for taking some time again with us today.

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Local religious organizations are preparing for Easter worship this Sunday while taking extra steps to maintain COVID-19 precautions.

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This week in Utah news:

How state leaders tried to help a Draper pharmacist import hydroxychloroquine, even as experts warned the drug wasn't useful in treating COVID-19, and could actually be dangerous. Multiple women accuse the communications head for the Salt Lake County Republican Party of harassment, leading to the resignation of the chair of the county’s GOP. And a power grab in Utah County, as commissioners there wrest control of the $100 million budget away from the independently elected county clerk. 

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention released new coronavirus restriction guidelines ahead of the Easter weekend, saying fully vaccinated people can celebrate the holiday safely without a mask.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau's latest Household “Pulse Survey,” more Utah households had an adult move some or all of their work home during the COVID-19 pandemic than any other state.

Representatives from the Utah Department of Military and Veterans Affairs are calling veterans across the state to inform them of their vaccine eligibility. They also have a specialized COVID hotline veterans can call with any coronavirus or vaccine related questions. 

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