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Businesses and organizations around the state are shuttering their doors in response to mandates to stay at home during the COVID-19 crisis.

In a press conference on Friday, Governor Gary Herbert called for a directive called “Stay Safe and Stay Home”  for all of Utah. This directive will go into place this evening, while guidelines for businesses will start Monday.

Second Coronavirus Death In Utah Reported

Mar 27, 2020

The second death related to the coronavirus has been reported in Utah on Friday. 

State epidemiologist Dr. Angela Dunn said in the briefing at 1 p.m. on Friday that this individual was from the south-western part of the state and died in a hospital in Salt Lake County. The individual was an adult under the age of 60 with underlying medical conditions. 

Logan Playgrounds Closed

Mar 27, 2020
Logan City

Logan City officials announced on Friday all playgrounds would be closed as part of an effort to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

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This moment in our history is, without doubt, difficult and uncertain.

It’s also, says social worker Vonda Jump-Norman, an “unprecedented opportunity that we may never have again.”

Toyota Supra Back On The Market

Mar 27, 2020


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There’s a new sports car on the market with a familiar name. The Supra earned Toyota a cult following from the 70s to the 90s, and now it’s back.


On Wednesday, officials from USDA Rural Development announced a number of immediate actions to help rural residents, businesses, and communities that have been affected by the coronavirus outbreak. 

Coronavirus, COVID-19; Pollution caused by PM2.5, NO2 decreased in China from Jan. 1 to Feb. 25 due to coronavirus-related shutdowns, and similar data is coming in from the U.S.
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While there are many economic concerns about business shutdowns related to the coronavirus, Utah State University professor Randy Martin said one positive outcome has been the reduction in emissions, leading to better air quality throughout the world.

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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On Wednesday evening, the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced  the closure of all of the church's temples around the world.

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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.




Logan City officials have asked residents to send in written comments about a dog-friendly park pilot program that is coming to an end after it’s yearlong-trial. 

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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. 

Confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Utah increased by almost 50 between Tuesday and Wednesday this week.  There are 346 positive tests in the state right out of the 6,837 tests that have reportedly been completed. Fourteen people who have tested positive for the virus in Utah are visitors to the state.

Nonprofits' Shelves Are Thinning, Too

Mar 24, 2020
Grocery stores unstocked due to panic-buying over the coronavirus.
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As the global coronavirus pandemic continues, more and more people are relying on the services of non-profits. UPR’s Kat Webb has been visiting with different non-profit leaders in Cache County and today, our news director, Matilyn Mortensen, had a conversation with her about what she’s been hearing.  

State of Utah

A plan drafted by public and private leaders on addressing both health and economic reovery in Utah in response to the coronavirus pandemic was released on Wednesday afternoon. 

Social Distancing Outdoors? Beware Of Avalanches

Mar 24, 2020
Plastic Mind

As efforts to mitigate the coronavirus pandemic limit public gatherings and lead to closures, many Utahns have headed to the mountains for a break. But, as spring arrives and temperatures increase, so does avalanche danger.  

USU Reschedules Commencement

Mar 23, 2020

Last week, Utah State University was among the eight state schools in Utah that announced it would not be holding commencement in the spring in an effort to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. University officials announced on Monday that commencement has been rescheduled for the end of August. 

Blood Donations Still Needed During Pandemic

Mar 23, 2020

With blood drives being canceled all over the country, The American Red Cross is beginning to experience a “crisis within a crisis” -- a dangerously low blood supply. People throughout Utah have been wondering how they can help during this pandemic. One way is by taking the time to donate blood. 

Shelters are already full as Utah prepares for increasing cases of COVID-19.
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“The reality is, our shelters are full,” said Joe Vazquez, the co-executive director of the Salt Lake City Mission. He said in the 23 years he’s worked with rescue missions to help the homeless, he’s been involved with disasters before, but never one so massive as this one surrounding the coronavirus pandemic — especially since it’s been compounded by the aftermath of last week’s earthquake.

Confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Utah are now at 257 people and over 5,000 have been reportedly tested. 

A state lawmaker who tested positive for the coronoavirus has said she is continuing to work from home to make sure Utah’s most vulnerable communities are not overlooked during this crisis.