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Bryan, Ohio's hospital, is losing money, making it vulnerable to big health systems seeking domination and Phil Ennen, CEO, has been fighting to preserve its independence. Meanwhile, Bryan, a town of 8,500 people in Ohio’s northwest corner, is still trying to recover from the Great Recession.

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It’s UPR’s Spring Member Drive. On Access Utah that means some very special programming, including some Best Of segments from favorite episodes and some great new conversations. On Tuesday we’ll be talking with emergency room doctor, writer and UPR member Marion Bishop. We talked with her last year as a part of an episode featuring pandemic frontline workers. We’ll check back in to see how she’s been dealing with the pandemic, professionally and personally, since we talked last. We’ll also talk about the roll out of the vaccines and what the future might look like. And we’ll talk about grieving and loss during the pandemic.

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.

Dr. Angela Dunn at press conference
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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. 

Coronavirus shining light on lack of public health infrastructure, according to Dr. Donald Warne, director of the Indians Into Medicine (INMED) program in North Dakota and member of the Oglala Lakota tribe. "American Indians are dying of neglect."
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“I'm sure all of you have seen data from Navajo Nation and they have among the highest rates of infection nationally, and among the highest rates of death as well," said Dr. Donald Warne, director of the Indians Into Medicine (INMED) program in North Dakota and member of the Oglala Lakota tribe. Warne is also one of the 0.3% of physicians in the United States who are Native American. He said there are numerous reasons why the sovereign nations are being hit so hard by the coronavirus, but most stem from a lack of infrastructure.

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Updated March 12, 2020

Classes Online March 18

Utah State University will move academic courses online on Wednesday, March 18. Classes on Friday, Monday and Tuesday, March 13, 16 and 17, will be canceled to allow faculty members time to move their classes into the online learning environment. This transition to online course delivery is part of USU’s efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to the campus community. The university will communicate directly with students as early as possible about when their classes will go online. 

An e-cigarette user vaping.
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It’s been presented as a safe alternative to smoking, but health officials in Utah are reporting that vaping is possibly linked to five serious hospitalizations across the state. In a press release last week, the Utah Department of Health said all five patients reported shortness of breath, coughing, fatigue and chest pain, which progressively worsened. The department said it’s unclear whether the patients will suffer long-term health effects. 

Logan High School.
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As students return to school across Utah this week, school administrators are trying to tackle a pressing issue in the state: high rates of childhood suicide. 

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Preventative measures are typically best when it comes to maintaining your health, but often our abilities to stay healthy can be affected by medical costs, outdated services or even a sick co-worker. 

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Utah County commissioners are declaring their opposition to the establishment of any needle exchange program, citing fears of discarded needles and possible legal liability.

The county's addiction-prevention director Richard Nance said Tuesday many such fears are unfounded, but the resolution opposing a program passed with a 2-1 vote.