UPR News

UServeUtah Soliciting PPE Donations

Apr 8, 2020

State officials are accepting donations of personal protective equipment, or PPE, such as masks and gloves, to be distributed to healthcare workers across the state. Mike Moon is the associate director at UServeUtah, the state agency that is organizing the effort.  

Utah Doctors Adjust To Telehealth System

Apr 8, 2020



Utah doctors’ offices, especially those in rural communities, are adjusting to a new telehealth system for patients. This is one doctor’s experience with the system. 

While it is still too soon to identify many of the overall trends for the coronavirus in Utah-- state epidemiologist Angela Dunn said in a press briefing on Tuesday that one trend is very clear-- rate at which tests are coming back positive. 

More than one-thousand Utah businesses were approved for Small Business Administration loans by one bank in less than two business days.
North Logan City

By Monday evening, more than 75,000 small business loan applications were processed nationally as part of the federal government's efforts to allocate $2 trillion to help local business owners cover the cost of rent or compensate employees. A Utah bank that serves Logan, Central Utah,  and Davis, Weber and Salt Lake, areas as well as St. George has processed more than 1000 loans in one and a half business days. Approval of these loans mean $250 million dollars will go to support Utah businesses dealing with the impacts of COVID-19 restrictions. 

There are 1,738 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Utah as of Tuesday afternoon at 1 p.m. This is an increase of 63 cases since Monday. 

Heath Druzin / Boise State Public Radio

To battle the coronavirus pandemic, many state governments are ordering residents to shelter in place. That’s creating a rift in anti-government circles. Some militia leaders are vowing to openly fight these orders. Others say obey for now but watch for overreach. They do agree on one thing, though: don’t touch our guns.

Courtesy Ryan Wells

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-days Saints has been attempting to send every foreign serving missionary back to their home country due to the COVID-19 outbreak. That includes 12,000 returning home to Utah. The full story can be found at KUER.org.

Baby Animal Days Becomes A Drive Through Event

Apr 3, 2020

Rather than canceling their annual Baby Animal Days fundraiser, staff at the American West Heritage Center in Wellsville came up with some creative solutions to adhere to social distancing guidelines. 

Robert Cutts


Two bills improving services to people with mental illness were signed into Utah law this week, allocating $24 million for the first year and $17 million in ongoing funds. These bills seek to keep people out of the hospital if possible, and also to make sure that if a person in crisis needs hospitalization, there’s a bed available.  

Schools close to slow spread of coronavirus, but cafeteria workers are still preparing lunches for students to be picked up or dropped off on bus routes.
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On a typical weekday, Edith Bowen Laboratory School in Logan usually bustles with more than 300 K-5 students, but just before Spring Break, the school’s secretary, Susan Wall, was one of five people in the building due to the coronavirus pandemic.

BRHD Announces 24 Confirmed Coronavirus Cases

Apr 2, 2020
Bear River Health Department

The Bear River Health Department confirmed eight new cases coronavirus cases and up to 56 potential cases in a press release today. The release states one of the confirmed cases was a healthcare provider from a small family practice, and through tracing exposure, 10 symptomatic individuals were identified with the other 46 being asked to quarantine as a precaution.

Today, Governor Gary Herbert announced “a first-of-its-kind partnership” between the state and the Silicone Slopes Serves initiative to more than double Utah’s testing capacity in efforts to “crush the curve.” According to Herbert, the goal of the three-phase plan between healthcare professionals and the technological sector is a way to “keep citizens safe, informed and help us all get us back to a normal way of life as quickly and safely as possible.”

Utah Unemployment Jumps 2,400%

Apr 2, 2020
Coronavirus causes Utah's employment rates to jump 2,400%, many coming from food industry layoffs.
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Utah’s average number of unemployment claims per week was 1,131 last year, according to Kevin Burt, the Unemployment Division director for the Utah Department of Workforce Services. Last week, the Department of Workforce Services saw more than a 1,300% increase in unemployment claims due to the coronavirus. This week, it’s up 2,400%.

There are now 1,074 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Utah as of 1 p.m. on Thursday. The state website posting results reports that 12,065 people have been tested for the virus and that 100 people have been hospitalized, although this number does not account for people who have since recovered.

Paul Hermans

Staff at the Logan City Sewer Division are pleading with Logan residents to be cautious of what they are flushing down their toilets. The sewer system is backed up more than usual, and problems can occur if things do not change.

SALT LAKE CITY-- The Utah Department of Health  issued an order extending closure of dine-in options at food service establishments until April 15. The order also reiterates strict hygiene and public health standards that must be followed at dining establishments, including specific cleaning practices and monitoring employees for symptoms.

BRIGHAM CITY – Reports of two more positive tests of COVID-19 in Box Elder County have pushed to 16 the number of cases of the disease in the Bear River Health District.

Second Cannabis Pharmacy In Utah Opens

Apr 1, 2020
medical cannabis pharmacy, medical marijuana dispensary Utah,  Perfect Earth Modern Apothecary in North Logan.
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“COVID-19, the coronavirus, it's definitely slowed down our practice just in general,” said Ammon Hills, an interventional pain management specialist in Cache and Box Elder counties. “But we're definitely adjusting and kind of responding.”

University of Utah

Scientists at the University of Utah recently received funding to contribute to the fight against the spread of Covid 19.

“This grant is studying mucus and it’s interactions with coronaviruses," said Dr. Jessica Kramer, and you heard right.  She is studying how coronaviruses interact with mucus.

Utah State University has reported three coronavirus cases. USU made the announcement Tuesday that two cases had been confirmed.  That number has increased by one as of Wednesday.

"We have been expecting that someone would be diagnosed,” said Amanada DeRito, spokesperson with Utah State University. “At this point it was just inevitable."

MWNB: Census Count Could Mean More Congress Seats In The West

Apr 1, 2020

 Wednesday is officially Census Day. That’s when government officials encourage Americans to fill out their census ballots.


As part of the State of Utah’s COVID-19 response, The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) in conjunction with Gov. Gary Herbert’s Office will allow restaurants to repackage and resell raw and prepackaged foods in their inventories to the public for the next 30 days.


Staff at the Brigham City Museum are inviting students to “make history” by creating art that reflects their experience during the coronavirus pandemic. 


As of now, Hill Air Force base in Davis County will only allow mission essential employees to report for duty.