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Utah Coronavirus Update, Thursday, May 21

May 21, 2020

On Thursday, May 21, the Utah Department of Health announced the number of positive coronavirus cases in Utah has increased by 164 cases since Wednesday, bringing the new total to 7,874. Of the 7,874 cases, there have been 647 hospitalizations. Two people died in this time, bringing the total deaths due to COVID-19 to 92. One of these deaths occurred in a long- term care facility, making 40 resident deaths due to the coronavirus.

Ashley Rohde

Utah state legislators are preparing their committee budgets for the next fiscal year with an eye on cuts to accommodate the effects of Covid 19 on our state’s revenues.

Utah Coronavirus Update- Wednesday, May 20

May 20, 2020

As of 1 p.m., the Utah Department of Health announced a total of 7,710 cases of the coronavirus in the state — an increase of 192 from Tuesday. Two people have died in this time, bringing the total deaths due to COVID-19 to 90 people. Of these deaths, 39 come from residents in long-term care facilities.



The coronavirus has already taken the lives of nearly 90,000 Americans and is projected to take more. Utah State University scientists are researching new drugs to treat the novel coronavirus. 



Ah, that first year of college. It’s like this tidal wave of freedom. And pressure.

Steven Martin


As most of Utah moves into the yellow, or low-risk, phase for coronavirus mitigation, Grand County is among a few areas that remain at the orange, or moderate risk, level.


'Heroes Act' Could Help Feed Hungry Utahns

May 19, 2020

The newest COVID-19 relief bill, the “Heroes Act”, that just passed in the U.S. House of Representatives would — if passed by the U.S. Senate and signed into law by President Trump — provide low-income Utah families and individuals with nearly $45 million extra over the next 16 months to purchase groceries or food at farmers markets. 

Plastic Bag Reduction Efforts Ease During Pandemic

May 19, 2020


As efforts are made to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, many individuals have stopped bringing reusable bags to the store and some businesses are discouraging the use of these bags as well

Courtesy of Barbara Abbott.

As part of the Utah Public Radio series, Project Resilience, we hear from retired Northern Utah teacher Barbara Abbott, who remembers times she would take her wayward dog Cedar Bear to work with students at Hillcrest Elementary.

Utah Coronavirus Update, Monday, May 18

May 18, 2020

As of Monday, the number of cases of COVID-19 in Utah was 7,384, an increase of 146 cases from yesterday. Of these 7,384 cases, an estimated amount of 4,183 have recovered and 80 have died. There have been 595 hospitalizations as a result of the virus. The number of care facilities that have been impacted by the COCID-19 pandemic is 108 with a total of 201 residents testing positive for the virus. Of the 80 total deaths in the state, 31 happened in care facilities.

Muslims use Zoom app, virtual meetings to gather, celebrate during Ramadan
Gonca Soyer

When Gonca Soyer and her family moved to Cache Valley a few years ago, they decided to invite their friends and neighbors to join them in celebrating for each night of Ramadan — a holy month where Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset and then gather with family, friends and community members to eat and pray and spend time together in the evening. 

Jerry Morrison


While schools adapt this year’s graduation ceremonies due to public health concerns, students, parents and teachers are adjusting to ceremonies they did not have in mind. Some Utahns have petitioned for traditional ceremonies, and some have organized creative graduation alternatives. 

Does Utah Have A Meat Shortage?

May 15, 2020

All over the country, states have been impacted by meat shortages due to processing plants being shut down and the change in the supply and demand chain. 


Many events throughout the state have been canceled due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. Despite many county fairs already being canceled, the Cache County Fair and Rodeo committee announced on Wednesday that it still plans to hold the event. 

Gov. Herbert Moves Most Of Utah To 'Yellow' Risk

May 14, 2020

At 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, most areas of Utah will be making the transition to the low-risk, "yellow" category of coronavirus mitigation efforts. However, Grand County, Summit County, Wasatch County, Salt Lake City, and West Valley City will continue to be in the moderate "orange" risk category.

Utah State University, Robert Wagner, coronavirus pandemic aid for students under CARES act
Utah State University

Under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, nearly $14 billion was allocated to higher education institutions across the United States, including more than $17 million for Utah State University.

A human-caused wildfire burning near Midway has grown to 646 acres and is 40% contained. Wasatch County fire officials report that residents living near the Saddle Fire are being allowed to return to their homes.

Ten individuals in The Bear River Health District are hospitalized with coronavirus.  Overall there have been 60 cases in Cache County, 23 in Box Elder County and none so far in Rich County.

Utah Coronavirus Update, Wednesday, May 13

May 13, 2020

As of 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, the Utah Department of Health announced the total coronavirus cases was 6,626, an increase of 188 from yesterday. Of the 6,626 confirmed cases, an estimated 3,406 people have recovered. The number of hospitalizations increased 18 people from Tuesday, bringing the state's total to 553. Two more Utahns have died due to the virus, bringing the state total to 75. 

Since Gov. Gary Herbert announced the state's transition to "orange," or moderate risk, according to the Utah Leads Together 2.0 plan on May 1, counties in rural Utah have asked to move directly into the "yellow" risk category. However, according to the state epidemiologist Angela Dunn, it is more difficult to determine a case trend for rural counties when determining whether they can make this transition.

Arches National Park

With the coronavirus pandemic halting tourism in Utah, state officials discussed marketing plans in a virtual town hall meeting Tuesday.



Images of Morrison's bumble bee, western cicada killer, and spider wasp by Dr. Joseph Wilson. Image of Asian giant hornet by Wikimedia.

Dr. Joseph Wilson knows a little something about Vespa mandarinia, the species commonly called the Asian giant hornet

Women's Suffrage, COVID-19, coronavirus lead to cancelling events celebrating women's voting rights anniversaries in Utah, but Better Days 2020 has switched to online projects to preserve and cultivate the ways women influenced the history of the state.
Kat Webb / UPR

2020 is a big anniversary year for women’s voting rights in history. Though many in-person events have been cancelled, the preservation of women’s contributions to history has not been put on hold for the non-profit Better Days 2020, according to Katherine Kitterman, the historical director for the organization.