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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.


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.

Utah State University

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.

Eli Lucero/Herald Journal


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

Details Utah Leads Together Volume Four Plan Announced

Jun 17, 2020

In the governor’s press conference on Wednesday, local leaders joined Gov. Gary Herbert to announce the details of the Utah Leads Together Plan Volume 4. According to Herbert, this version of the plan focuses on recovery, investment, and personal responsibility. To do this, the plan outlines benchmarks to achieve over the next 100, 250, and 500 days.  

Lisa Carricaburu / ARUP Laboratories

Three laboratories, two located in Utah, announced a collaborative effort to investigate the molecular evolution of the Sars_CoV-2 virus by analyzing the genetics of COVID-19. How are they doing it? Using specimens from Utah’s positive COVID-19 tests.

Meatpacking Industry A "Perfect Storm" For COVID-19

Jun 16, 2020
Three people on a Zoom call
Chris Peterson for Utah Governor

Utah meatpacking plants are deemed essential businesses, but the industry and its workers are extremely vulnerable to COVID-19. Hundreds of workers at the Hyrum JBS plant in Logan were infected with COVID-19 in the last month. Monday night the Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris Peterson held a Facebook Live conversation on how the Utah meatpacking industry and its workers have been impacted. 


Family at picnic
Nibley City Recreation

Imagine you’re a city recreation director. Your whole job is to connect the community with big fun events, and summer is the busiest season. But then a pandemic hits in spring and most of your hard work has to be scrapped.


Reduced hours at work and job loss due to the pandemic mean food insecurity has increased throughout Utah. When it comes to making a donation to the Utah Food Bank, CEO Ginette Bott saids a dollar goes a lot further than you may expect. 

Cache County COVID-19 Spike Detected In Sewage Before Human Test Results

Jun 12, 2020
Eli Lucero/Herald Journal

The recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Cache County was detected in sewage at the Hyrum and Logan wastewater treatment plants before it showed up in human test results.


Gov. Herbert delivers press briefing on June 11, 2020
Office of the Governor

On Thursday Gov. Herbert gave his weekly COVID-19 update. He also used it as an opportunity to announce steps he is taking to address police brutality in Utah.

A Cache Valley choir that sings for people who are dying can’t provide in-person music because of social distancing, but said the worldwide organization they are a part of has made four downloadable songs available online.

Coronavirus, COVID-19 has hit minority populations with a fervor across the nation, and Utah is no exception. A grassroots community effort is growing to help the Latinx population in Northern Utah.
Lisa Ferdinando / U.S. Department of Defense

Local advocates and nonprofits have been working for weeks, but now, community members are stepping up to help the disproportionately affected Latinx community in the wake of a spike in cases in northern Utah.  

COVID-19, Coronavirus meat packaging facility and others in Cache County put employees at risk throughout pandemic
spurekar / Flickr

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Logan is the highest in the nation for a city its size. When rumors of a COVID-19 outbreak at the JBS meat-packaging facility in Hyrum started circling, the company responded by testing every employee. Of the 1,024 tests conducted between May 30 and June 2, nearly 300 came back positive.

Pounds Of Anxiety

Jun 8, 2020


Has your weight crept up the past few months? It seems to be a topic of great conversation lately. I know my circle of friends have not been immune to wondering about or noticing a few extra pounds since the start of spring.  One quick internet search brings up a host of articles on the subject with varying themes: stop worrying about the weight you are gaining, sudden cooking at home will of course make you gain weight, tips to prevent, tips to rid yourself of the ones that crept on, emotional eating, etc. And if we’re not reading about it, we’re thinking about it. Are our leggings (and let’s be honest, it’s leggings. Bi-monthly grocery trips upgrade to my signature overalls, but leggings are my everyday not leaving the house go to, pandemic or not) feeling tight or is that a figment of our stuck at home imaginations? It’s been a hot topic for sure.,+Delivery


As dining restrictions in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic closed restaurants across the county, many customers turned to online delivery platforms, such as grubhub, or doordash in order to continue eating from their favorites spots. As take-out became the new norm and safety precautions increased and restaurants were forced to adapt.

Utah Coronavirus Task Force

Gov. Gary Herbert announced Friday that the current restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Utah will remain in place.

Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune

The ongoing protests in Salt Lake City sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minneaopolis. Black Utahns ask for policy changes locally to address systemic racism. And Utah’s ‘sharp spike’ in COVID-19 cases - with a related jump in hospitalizations. 

A Rural Community Gets Creative With Summer Reading

Jun 4, 2020
Child reading a book and pointing at page
Wallpaper Flare


“Summer slump” is a phrase used to describe the digression students may make while they are out of school if they don’t read or engage academically. Because students throughout the state have already been at home for months due to the pandemic, there is concern that this phenomena will be even worse this year. Community members in Vernal are working to keep the kids in their community reading and learning despite all those months at home. 

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Now that the weather is warming up, farmers markets around Utah are beginning to open up. However, they don’t look the same as past years. Some markets have been positively effected by pandemic mitigation efforts, while others, not so much.

Scott Kuehl-Shelby

One of the most popular hikes in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest remains closed due to the coronavirus, despite Utah’s strong push towards re-opening the state.

Today, Utah State Senate President J. Stuart Adams announced that he tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies. In a statement, Adams said he did not experience any symptoms of the virus.

Dr. Angela Dunn at press conference
Jeffrey Allred / Deseret News

The number of COVID-19 cases and deaths is rising, according to state epidemiologist Dr. Angela Dunn in today’s press conference. Since yesterday, there are 295 new cases making it a total of 10,497 cases, and four new deaths, a total of 117, in the state. 

Bear River Health District /

The Bear River Health District released a new chart on Monday showing the results of the 6,669 COVID-19 tests performed in the district since March. According to a public information officer for the Bear River Health District, the chart suggests that the rate of positive COVID-19 cases has been up since approximately May 28.

Uninsured Utahns Now Eligible For Free COVID-19 Tests

Jun 1, 2020
CDC laboratory test kit for the novel coronavirus
Centers for Disease Control

The state’s Department of Health announced Monday that many uninsured Utahns will now be able to get free COVID-19 tests. Antibody tests are also included in the coverage and Utahns can apply for the program online.

Karina Andelin Brown, Montezuma Creek, Navajo Nation, Coronavirus donations
Devin Thorpe

In response to the high need in the underserved area of Navajo Nation, Rotary Clubs and nonprofits across the state gathered thousands of pounds of food, personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies to deliver to Montezuma Creek over Memorial Day weekend.