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.
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.
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.
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.
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.