COVID-19

The Park City School District is requiring it’s students to get rapid antigen testing for COVID-19 in order to learn in person, and some parents are taking action against it.

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Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes joins a multistate lawsuit challenging an executive order on climate change by President Biden. A year into a global pandemic, a sports reporter turned COVID columnist reflects on lessons learned. And religion reporter Peggy Fletcher Stack recalls her brush with forger and bomber Mark Hoffman. 

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic there was a lot of misinformation about vaccines floating around on social media. Public health agencies have been trying to figure out what to do. It turns out that one of the most powerful remedies is also one of the simplest.

Cox Urges Mutual Respect As Mask Mandate Is Set To Expire

Mar 11, 2021

During a press conference on Thursday, Gov. Spencer Cox said all Utahns should be able to sign up for a vaccine by April 1. He also urged residents to remain cautious and respectful of one another.

Utahns who receive the COVID-19 vaccine and experience side effects can call the Utah Poison Control Center for assistance. The center is staffed 24/7 and is prepared to answer questions about adverse reactions to the vaccine as well as make reports about such incidents.

State officials are planning on opening COVID-19 vaccination eligibility to all adult residents by April 1, according to reports from KSL and Fox 13 on a statement made by Gov. Spencer Cox’s office on Tuesday night.

The Utah statewide mask mandate may soon be coming to an end. 

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Vaccine eligibility in Utah continues to expand. On Monday, all residents over age 50 will qualify for a vaccine, as well as people over age 16 with certain underlying conditions.

According to Gov. Spencer Cox, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine should be available in Utah next week. The vaccine was recommended for immediate use by the FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee Friday and FDA approval is expected to come this weekend. A press release from Cox’s office stated they expect the state to start receiving these vaccines on Wednesday. 

As a counselor and a researcher, Stacey Litam had focused her career on helping victims of sex trafficking to work through their trauma. Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and while Litam’s previous work didn’t become less important, she began seeing a growing need for trauma counseling — just about everywhere.

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Utahns over age 16 with certain comorbidities are immediately eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.

 

As of Wednesday, 325,000 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in the State of Utah. At their weekly town hall on Thursday, Cache County lawmakers provided some updates the vaccination situation for their area.


As Utah’s supply of vaccines increases, state officials are asking for volunteers to help ensure the capacity to administer vaccines matches that supply.

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As part of the Utah Public Radio ongoing series "Project Resilience," Shoshannah Buxbaum takes a look at intersections of aging, disability and technology during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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A new semester is underway at Utah State University and school officials are continuing to provide support to students who test positive for COVID-19 or are quarantined due to exposure. 

Ask An Expert : Backyard Chicken Ranching, Rodents And COVID-19

Jan 25, 2021

In response to social distancing guidelines, innovative Utahns have found activities that allow them to be with family and also explore new adventures. In 2020 during COVID-19, Utah state park visitation rates increased by 36% during recreation months compared to 2019.

Groups Form To Care For Native Elders During Pandemic

Jan 20, 2021
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As Native Americans are killed by the coronavirus at a rate nearly twice that of Caucasian people, groups are forming to care for and deliver supplies to Native elders.

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As the annual legislative session began on Tuesday amid the COVID-19 pandemic and on-going threats of violence and civil unrest across the nation, lawmakers are preparing for a packed 45-days of legislating. 

At 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday the bells at the Utah State Capitol will ring 15 times in honor of the 1,500 Utahns who have reportedly died so far of COVID-19 since March.

The Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation Division is warning Utahns about a new wave of scams as the agency delivers the second round of COVID-19 stimulus payments. 

COVID-19, Backyard Chicken Ranching, And Rodents

Jan 16, 2021
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COVID-19 has caused all to change and adapt to new social distancing guidelines to mitigate the effects of the pandemic on their lives and communities.  In response to social distancing guidelines, innovative Utahns have engaged in new activities that still allow for family contact and explore new adventures. These activities have included increased participation in outdoor recreation and backyard agriculture to include gardening and chicken.

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Thanks to a drive-thru clinic at the Cache County fairgrounds on Thursday, the first group of residents over age 70 in the Bear River Health Department has been vaccinated. 

 

To better understand how Utah women have been impacted by the pandemic, Susan Madsen, director of the Utah Women and Leadership Project at Utah State University is leading a comprehensive study.

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As health departments across the state prepare to offer the COVID vaccine to all residents over age 70, Utah Gov. Spencer Cox announced Thursday that in the past week, the state has doubled the total number of doses of the vaccine that have been distributed.

The Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs is working to ensure minority communities in Utah have accurate information about the COVID-19 vaccination. According to the division, COVID-19 vaccinations provided by the state of Utah will be given at no cost to the receiver, regardless of immigration status and whether or not the person has health insurance. 

Ask an Expert; Thinking Outside The Box For 2020 Thanksgiving

Jan 13, 2021

Recent recommendations from Governor Gary Herbert have stated that the Thanksgiving holiday must be different this year if we are to lower our record-high COVID-19 numbers. These recommendations can leave us wondering how to manage the changes while still keeping our family traditions alive and staying close to loved ones. Consider these tips.

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Although skiing is an outdoor activity, ski resorts are still taking steps to help keep guests a little safer during the pandemic.

Free COVID-19 Testing Adds More Sites Across Utah

Jan 11, 2021

UPR received the following information from the Utah Department of Health: 

(Salt Lake City, UT) – The Utah Department of Health (UDOH) is offering free rapid antigen testing at many locations throughout the state of Utah. Sites are chosen based on high positivity rates, lower numbers of tests conducted, untreated wastewater sampling, and other surveillance data. Some locations will be drive-through while others will be conducted in buildings. We encourage everyone to continue to wear masks and social distance while waiting in lines.

As spring semester approaches, Utah State University President Noelle Cockett urged university faculty and staff to get vaccinated as the vaccine becomes available to them. 

Starting Thursday, the healthcare company Nomi Health is launching no-cost, PCR saliva testing. In a press release from Nomi, the group stated they worked with the state to launch this testing, which will allow Utahns to receive these tests without a doctor’s order at 15 test sites in the state. PCR tests are considered by the FDA to typically be highly accurate do not usually require a second test to verify results.

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