More than one-thousand Utah businesses were approved for Small Business Administration loans by one bank in less than two business days.
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By Monday evening, more than 75,000 small business loan applications were processed nationally as part of the federal government's efforts to allocate $2 trillion to help local business owners cover the cost of rent or compensate employees. A Utah bank that serves Logan, Central Utah,  and Davis, Weber and Salt Lake, areas as well as St. George has processed more than 1000 loans in one and a half business days. Approval of these loans mean $250 million dollars will go to support Utah businesses dealing with the impacts of COVID-19 restrictions. 

Public access to Utah shooting ranges is being impacted by COVID-19.
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The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources’ two public shooting ranges will be closed beginning Friday, April 3, until further notice, in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

Popular Northern Utah Arts Faire Cancels Summer Event

Apr 2, 2020
Concerns over COVID-19 forced the cancellation of Logan's Summerfest Arts Faire.

The board of Summerfest Arts Faire has announced that their 2020 festival will be cancelled due to concerns about COVID-19. The festival is usually held on Father’s Day weekend at Logan’s LDS Tabernacle Square.

Utah State University has reported three coronavirus cases. USU made the announcement Tuesday that two cases had been confirmed.  That number has increased by one as of Wednesday.

"We have been expecting that someone would be diagnosed,” said Amanada DeRito, spokesperson with Utah State University. “At this point it was just inevitable."

A large earthquake struck north of Boise on Tuesday evening, with people across a large area reporting shaking. The U.S. Geological Survey reports the magnitude 6.5 temblor struck just before 6 p.m. It was centered 73 miles northeast of Meridian. A restaurant owner in Stanley near where the quake hit said his whole house was rattling from the force of it. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

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An earthquake has struck north of Boise, with people across a large area reporting shaking.


The U.S. Geological Survey reports the magnitude 6.5 temblor struck just before 6 p.m. yesterday evening. It was centered 73 miles northeast of Meridian, near the rural mountain town of Stanley. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.


More than 2 million live in the region that could feel the Idaho quake, according to the USGS, with reports of shaking coming in from as far away as Helena, Montana, and Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Pressure is increasing on the federal government to close Grand Canyon National Park after the popular tourist destination saw its first case of the coronavirus in a hospitality worker.

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Some pregnant women fear giving birth with no loved ones by their side. Others worry about getting sick with COVID-19 and not being able to hold their newborns. 


There is lots of information about the coronavirus on the internet and it can be hard to discern what is accurate. Professors from the Department of Journalism and Communication at Utah State University shared some tips for how to tell what is fake news and what is not.

Silicon Slopes Hosts COVID-19 Town Hall Today

Mar 30, 2020
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Silicon Slopes is hosting a Virtual Town Hall today at 4:00PM MST, "Ask Me Anything with Clint Betts." Click here to view.

The National Institute of Health is spending $2.5 million dollars to work with USU's Institute for Antiviral Research on coronavirus treatments.
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Researchers at Utah State University’s Institute for Antiviral Research are at work testing antiviral compounds and licensed drugs for their effectiveness against the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), the cause of the Covid-19 pandemic. The institute specializes in developing animal models for testing antiviral agents and vaccines and is doing the coronavirus work supported by a $2.5 million research grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

A Utah advocacy group is praising Utah’s governor and lawmakers for approving plans for Utah schools to expand a federal school breakfast program.

Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed a bill this week that was passed by lawmakers during the 2020 Utah Legislative Session. The Start Smart Utah breakfast program increases funding for school breakfast programs in hundreds of Utah schools according to Neil Rickard, Child Nutrition Advocate for Utahns Against Hunger.

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Hate crimes against Asian and Asian-American individuals are increasing in frequency and intensity in the United States as the spread of the coronavirus increases.

Donations of masks in response to COVID-19 forces Utah health care providers to create guidelines.
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Intermountain Healthcare and University of Utah Health have released guidelines for donating masks and other items to support the COVID-19 response.

In a statement release Wednesday the healthcare providers expressed appreciation for the generosity of so many people in the community who are looking for ways to help.

Social isolation has increased the number of residents spending time in Utah wildlife areas.
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The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is reminding people to adhere to posted signs after 17 people were cited for trespassing at closed wildlife management areas in northern Utah over weekend. 

DWR’s Faith Jolley said each of the closed wildlife management areas provide critical winter range habitat for mule deer. And, she said, each one is clearly marked with signs indicating it is currently closed.

Silicon Slopes Hosts COVID-19 Town Hall Today

Mar 25, 2020
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Silicon Slopes is hosting a Virtual Town Hall today at 4:00PM MST. The topic is COVID-19 updates. Click here to view.

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As the coronavirus pandemic grows, missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are adjusting to coming home and living in quarantine. 

Several county commissioners representing rural Utah communities are accusing Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox of overreacting to the threat posed by the COVID-19 outbreak. 

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Update, Mar. 17, 8:18 p.m.-- The Utah Department of Health has ordered all restaurants, bars and food service establishments to suspend dine-in options for two weeks effective Wednesday, Mar. 18 at 11:59 p.m.

Respond To 2020 Census By Mail, Online

Mar 16, 2020
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Thursday was the first day of the 2020 census. For the first time ever you can complete the 2020 census online. The census bureau hopes this will make it easier to complete and will increase accuracy. You can also complete the census over phone or mail.

You may be experiencing anxiety or stress regarding all the news about COVID-19. You're not alone. Here are four simple things you can do to help keep yourself and others healthy.

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Republican Sen. Mitt Romney is proposing one-time $1,000 checks for every American adult. This comes amid the shutdown of bars, restaurants and resorts in many places in Utah and the rest of the country.

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Coronavirus concerns are on everyone’s mind. One of the most important questions that looms large is how we can help each other. How can we each make a difference?

Utah government officials monitoring the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have asked local school districts to find ways to educate students at home beginning next week. The school dismissal decision was announced Friday by the Utah COVID-19 Task Force, the Utah Department of Health, and the Utah Association of Local Health Departments.

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Assisted living centers in Utah are reinforcing policies to prevent the spread of COVID-19.