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Ben Chun


The Great Utah Shakeout is an annual earthquake drill for residents of Utah. This year, Utahns are encouraged to participate remotely.

Utah Coronavirus Update, Thursday, April 16

Apr 16, 2020

As of 1 p.m. on Thursday afternoon, there are 2,683 confirmed coronavirus cases in Utah.

This marks a jump of 141 cases in 24 hours. One additional death have been reported, bringing the total number of Utahns to die from the virus to 21. There have been 17 new hospitalizations from the virus.

Beware Of Financial Scams Related To Stimulus Checks

Apr 16, 2020





Assistant Special Agent In Charge of the Criminal Investigation Branch of the IRS Tyler Hatcher is all too aware of the methods criminals use to scam Americans.

Will Utah Online Legislative Session Limit Transparency?

Apr 15, 2020
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Utah lawmakers open their special session this week, but there's a wrinkle: All their meetings will be in cyberspace.

The number of COVID-19 cases in the Bear River Health District increased from 48 cases Friday to 52 cases Monday.  Utah State University has been asked to work with local health officials to prepare a contingency  housing plan  for non-emergency community sheltering should there be a drastic increase in the number of cases.

Tracy Gruber, the director of the Utah Office of Child Care at Utah Department of Workforce Services, announced an operations grant available to licensed and open childcare facilities today. The funding is meant to keep the operations going in the face of significant loss in enrollment.

Gruber said Utah’s childcare programs have taken a significant hit — just like the rest of the country. In fact, Gruber said 38% of licensed childcare centers in the state have temporarily closed, as have 18% of family programs. Overall, Gruber said the state has lost 38,000 childcare slots. 

Utah Coronavirus Update, Wednesday, April 15

Apr 15, 2020

There are now 2,142 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Utah as of the daily update at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Along with an increase of 130 cases from Tuesday, one new death — a male over the age of 60 with underlying health issues — has been reported. 

Eight new hospitalizations due to the virus were reported, bringing the state total to 221. Roughly half of the cases requiring hospitalization have been 46-64 years of age, with 25-44 and 65-84 splitting the other half. 


There are guidelines on the income restrictions available at the IRS website in relation to the coronavirus stimulus checks the United States government will be sending out, but most Americans will qualify for the money.

With the rules constantly changing around small business loans, it can be hard to know who is eligible for these loans. There are support organizations such as Small Business Development Center that can help peope figure their financials out during this time of need.

In the daily press conference to update Utahns on the coronavirus, state epidemiologist Angela Dunn said Utah’s confirmed coronavirus cases have been analyzed to determine differences in racial backgrounds. Dunn said the results show the state’s Hispanic and LatinX populations have been disproportionately affected by the coronavirus. While only making up 14% of the state’s racial or ethnic background, 28% of Utah’s cases identify as Hispanic or LatinX.

Gov. Gary Herbert said to continue slowing the spread of COVID-19, the soft closure of Utah’s schools will continue through the rest of the 2019-2020 school year. He made the announcement today, in the daily press conference to update the public about the coronavirus in Utah, where he said it’s essential students’ learning continues. The governor added distance learning efforts enacted by many of Utah’s schools have been difficult, but he said he appreciates the way families and teachers have adapted. 

Utah Coronavirus Update, Tuesday, April 14

Apr 14, 2020

There are 49 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Utah as of Tuesday at 1 p.m., and one new death has been reported. According to Gov. Gary Herbert, the mortality rate in Utah is 0.8% where the national average is about 4%, and the international average is roughly 6%. Twelve more cases have required hospitalization. 

More information will be available after the daily 1:30 p.m. press conference.


Many groups are working to develop antibody tests as part of the effort to aid doctors in the fight against COVID-19, including a northern Utah biomedical company.

The Vernal Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a virtual Republican town hall for Utah's First Congressional District. Race. 

Utah Shakespeare Festival to continue despite coronavirus.
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The Utah Shakespeare Festival announced today it’s moving forward with plans to produce a 2020 season. 

Coronavirus Updates, Monday, April 13

Apr 13, 2020

There are 2,363 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Utah as of Monday afternoon. There was one new death over the weekend, and 201 individuals have needed hospitalization — roughly 10% of Utah’s cases.

How Hospitals Have Adapted Communications To COVID-19

Apr 13, 2020

With the coronavirus pandemic, we are constantly being told new information. Hospitals have been constantly evolving as new information on the virus. 

Are Federal Agencies Using COVID-19 To Attack Federal Lands?

Apr 10, 2020
Conservation groups like the Western Watersheds Project and the Center for Biological Diversity are accusing federal agencies like the Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Land Management of attacking public lands, using COVID-19 as a smokescreen.

A Center for Western Priorities study found that the Interior Department has issued 57 separate actions since March 6, when President Donald Trump signed the first COVID-19 emergency bill. Erik Molvar, the executive director of the Western Watersheds Project, said Interior released the Great Basin Fuel Breaks Project last week. According to Molvar, the project would destroy thousands of acres of sage grouse habitat in Utah and do little to control wildfires.

Utah Coronavirus Updates, Friday, April 10

Apr 10, 2020

There have been 126 new cases of the coronavirus in Utah as of 1 p.m. on Friday, bringing the state’s total to 2,102 confirmed cases. Utah’s growth is still holding steady at about 5%, according to state epidemiologist Angela Dunn.

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Personal protective equipment is in high demand right now for essential workers.Community members are working together to produce the needed gear.      

Utah Coronavirus Updates, Thursday, April 9

Apr 9, 2020

There are 1,976 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Utah as of Thursday afternoon at 1 p.m. This is an increase of 130 — or 7% — from Wednesday.

In a press conference Thursday, Gov. Gary Herbert said he will be in talks with the chairman of the state school board and the state superintendent on whether or not students will return to schools in May or if the soft closure will continue after the original May 1 deadline. He said there’s also a possibility schools may be dismissed early, pending a review on how things have gone in the past few weeks.

Herbert said there will be an announcement on the decision some time next week.

Contact free social distancing community art day with at the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art at Utah State University.
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The Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art at Utah State University tries to offer a community art day on the second Saturday of every month. This week, NEHMA will feature a sculpture walk and the option to make art from home to comply with social distancing since the museum has closed, according to Michelle Nowling, NEHMA’s education and outreach coordinator.

Herbert Implements Travel Declaration Requirements

Apr 8, 2020

Governor Gary Herbert announced a travel declaration that is to go into place this week.

Utah Dairy Farmers Adapting To A Shift In Demand

Apr 8, 2020

All over the country, dairy farmers are being told they need to start dumping their milk despite milk flying off the shelves at the supermarkets.With more people staying at home, retail sales have spiked while food service has gone down.