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Utah's Zion National Park officials announced Sunday they will begin providing day use recreational access to select areas within the park later this month. 

Utah farmers and ranchers struggling because of the coronavirus pandemic can apply for up to $40,000 in grants from the Utah Conservation Commission as part of federal relief funding headed under the CARES Act.

The Federal Emergency Management Association, or FEMA, is provding funding to support COVID-19  counseling for those living in Utah. Residents struggling with stress and anxiety as a result of the coronavirus pandemic can receive help through crisis counseling programs.

Today, the Utah Department of Health released a “mobile strike team” in its first voyage, according to state epidemiologist Angela Dunn. She said the team was sent to a residential living facility for mentally disabled individuals needing immediate care in Utah County where an outbreak of the coronavirus hit. The team cared for 15 of the 40 residents who’ve tested positive. Nine staff members were initially determined to have contracted the coronavirus.


Utah’s own Space Dynamics Laboratory is working with NASA to find clues that could give more insight into the big questions about where we come from.



Although some restaurants may be opening Friday with added precautions, food delivery workers do not plan on slowing down.

Utah Coronavirus Update, Thursday, April 30

May 1, 2020

On Thursday at 1 p.m., The Utah Department of Health announced an increase of 177 COVID-19 cases since Wednesday. The number of hospitalizations due to the virus increased by 7 bringing the total number of people hospitalized to 390. There has been one new death bringing the state’s total death number to 46.

Strike Teams Will Help Utah Reopen Safely

May 1, 2020

When the clock strikes midnight on May 1, Utah will begin to transform as it moves from the “red” risk category to the “orange” category of the coronavirus response plan.

The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, UDAF, is allowing private meat processors to slaughter animals for commercial sale.

Utah VMA, DMV Announce COVID-19 Updates

Apr 29, 2020
The Air Force F-35A Lightning II Demonstration and 388th Fighter Wing will be performing a formation flyover throughout the state of Utah, Thursday, 30 April, beginning at 1 p.m., in salute to everyone on the frontlines in the fight against COVID-19.
David Perry / U.S. Air Force

As Utah continues to hold about a 4% growth rate of coronavirus cases, Monte Roberts, the director of Utah’s Department of Motor Vehicles, said up to six of the state's DMVs will be opened for appointment-only and drive-thru business starting on Friday. 


Social distancing guidelines mean the services Utah drug courts provide have been drastically cut back and altered. Earlier this week, we looked at how staff at the Bear River Health Department are adapting to meet safety guidelines. Now, we share with you the experience of one drug court participant. 

While social distancing and event cancellations make it harder for organizations to connect the public to humanities projects, Deena Pyle at Utah Humanities created a Virtual Campfire campaign to increase public involvement, connection and conversations.

Deena Pyle, the communication director for the non-profit Utah Humanities, said she’s impressed and inspired by the ways people are fighting to stay connected despite all of the social distancing initiatives enacted in the state to slow the spread of the coronavirus. So inspired, she created the organization’s Virtual Campfire social media and email campaign to encourage conversations about the impact of the humanities in our lives.


Utah drug courts play an important role in addressing the state’s opioid epidemic, especially in rural communities. Now that efforts to mitigate the coronavirus pandemic are limiting face-to-face interactions many of these services are being moved to virtual platforms. 

Gov. Gary Herbert announced Utah will be transitioning from “red,” or the high-risk category in terms of the coronavirus pandemic, to “orange,” or moderate risk, on Friday. 

Utah Coronavirus Update, Tuesday, April 28

Apr 28, 2020

Four new deaths and 110 new coronavirus cases were confirmed by Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. Of the 102,439 people tested for the virus, Utah has seen 4,343 positive cases. In the daily press conference, Gov. Gary Herbert said the state is capable of testing 6,000 people per day, and the labs have the capacity to analyze up to 9,000 tests per day. 

Courtesy of Jackie Worthen

As concerns about shortages of personal protective equipment and hospital overcrowding during the coronavirus pandemic grew, Utah’s governor issued an executive order last month stopping all elective surgeries in the state. For one Cedar City family, this means their five-month-old baby is awaiting a postponed cleft lip and palate surgery.


Utah’s Space Dynamics Laboratory recently delivered a test version of a satellite sub-unit to NASA that will measure the movements of microscopic creatures within Earth’s oceans from space. The Space Dynamics Laboratory is an affiliate lab to Utah State University and is working on a sub-unit of the PACE spacecraft, which NASA will launch into space in 2022. PACE stands for Plankton Aerosol Cloud Ocean Ecosystem.

In Monday's press conference to update the state on the coronavirus, state epidemiologist Angela Dunn said Utah is increasing community tracing efforts to get a better sense of how far the virus is spreading as businesses and restaraunts plan to start reopening. She said while the current tracing efforts question the past two days after a person receives a positive test result, Utahns with the virus will now be asked to report contacts from the past seven days of being tested. 

On Friday, during the daily update on the state’s coronavirus efforts, Gov. Gary Herbert said the state has not yet taken possession of the 20,000 units of Hydroxychloroquine previously ordered (costing the state $800,000) to treat coronavirus cases in Utah.

Gardeners' and Farmers' markets are important socially, but even more crucial for rural food and agriculture's economic status. With new precautions, Utah's markets are moving forward and following UDAF, local health department guidelines.

The Cache Valley Gardeners’ Market has always opened on Mother’s Day weekend, and Mary Laine, the market manager, said this year will keep up the tradition — though with new precautions due to the coronavirus.



A Utah healthcare provider is expanding COVID-19 testing services for people experiencing homelessness.  Intermountain Healthcare is working with county health departments to assess needs and coordinate care.