UPR News

First Cases Of The Coronavirus Confirmed In USU Community

Apr 1, 2020

Utah State University has reported its first two coronavirus cases Tuesday night.

One person is an employee who has not been on campus for more than 14 days, officials said in a statement. The other person is a student who lives off campus. Both are quarantining at home and have not been hospitalized.

Missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint who live in the U.S. and Canada will have two new "opportunities" to serve.  

Molly Marcello, KZMU



When the staff at Moab Regional Hospital began modeling future COVID-19 patient surges, they didn’t like what they saw. If a rural community like Moab encountered multiple points of infection from visitors, let’s say just four asymptomatic people carrying coronavirus-- 


Small Business Loan Program Begins On Tuesday

Mar 31, 2020

Businesses in Utah are under stress because of the uncertainty the coronavirus pandemic has caused.Over the past two weeks the Department of Workforce Services has been working on a project to help businesses here in Utah.


There is lots of information about the coronavirus on the internet and it can be hard to discern what is accurate. Professors from the Department of Journalism and Communication at Utah State University shared some tips for how to tell what is fake news and what is not.

Utah’s Governor Gary Herbert announced on Tuesday that due to pre-existing health concerns, Dr. Joe Minor, the executive director of the Utah Department of Health, would not be able to take care of the day-to-day responsibilities of the department during the coronavirus pandemic. 

To help support law enforcement employees is Salt Lake City, the police department there has named a health and safety officer and wellness officer to address physical safety and mental health needs.

Gov. Gary Herbert issued an executive order lifting limits on retired government workers so they can return to work in essential jobs during the coronavirus pandemic.

Wasatch County Issues 'Stay Safe. Stay Home' Order

Mar 30, 2020
Wasatch County

Wasatch County issued a stay-at-home public health Oorder that is effective  as soon as possible but no later than 7:00 A.M on April 1. This order will be in effect until April 14th, 2020.



State officials announced a plan on Monday to provide free child care to essential employees, like health care workers and first responders, while school is out during the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing requirements have led to many churches to close to the public.
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During the Easter season is when many churches are busy collecting palm leaves, planning choir programs and preparing for one of the most important days in christianity. But this year, churches across the world are implementing changes, like going digital, to continue to provide services while maintaining social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Utah’s Rural Hospitals Brace for Influx of Coronavirus Cases

Mar 30, 2020


Where you live in Utah could be a major factor in your chances of surviving a bout of coronavirus. Almost one-third of Utah’s residents live outside of the Salt Lake City metro area and are served by a network of 21 rural hospitals and 14 rural clinics. While the majority of Utah cases have so far occurred in urban areas, public health officials are concerned that a surge in the number of serious cases could overwhelm rural facilities. 

This weekend, the number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Utah reached over 700. The state has reported only two deaths related to the disease, but the families of two additional people have said their loved ones also passed away from the virus. These numbers bring the death count to at least four. 

The Times of Israel

Businesses and organizations around the state are shuttering their doors in response to mandates to stay at home during the COVID-19 crisis.

In a press conference on Friday, Governor Gary Herbert called for a directive called “Stay Safe and Stay Home”  for all of Utah. This directive will go into place this evening, while guidelines for businesses will start Monday.

The second death related to the coronavirus has been reported in Utah on Friday. 

State epidemiologist Dr. Angela Dunn said in the briefing at 1 p.m. on Friday that this individual was from the south-western part of the state and died in a hospital in Salt Lake County. The individual was an adult under the age of 60 with underlying medical conditions. 

Logan City

Logan City officials announced on Friday all playgrounds would be closed as part of an effort to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

Utah State Today

This moment in our history is, without doubt, difficult and uncertain.

It’s also, says social worker Vonda Jump-Norman, an “unprecedented opportunity that we may never have again.”

Toyota Supra Back On The Market

Mar 27, 2020


  For a video verson of this story, you can go here.

There’s a new sports car on the market with a familiar name. The Supra earned Toyota a cult following from the 70s to the 90s, and now it’s back.


On Wednesday, officials from USDA Rural Development announced a number of immediate actions to help rural residents, businesses, and communities that have been affected by the coronavirus outbreak. 

Coronavirus, COVID-19; Pollution caused by PM2.5, NO2 decreased in China from Jan. 1 to Feb. 25 due to coronavirus-related shutdowns, and similar data is coming in from the U.S.
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While there are many economic concerns about business shutdowns related to the coronavirus, Utah State University professor Randy Martin said one positive outcome has been the reduction in emissions, leading to better air quality throughout the world.

A Utah advocacy group is praising Utah’s governor and lawmakers for approving plans for Utah schools to expand a federal school breakfast program.

Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed a bill this week that was passed by lawmakers during the 2020 Utah Legislative Session. The Start Smart Utah breakfast program increases funding for school breakfast programs in hundreds of Utah schools according to Neil Rickard, Child Nutrition Advocate for Utahns Against Hunger.

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On Wednesday evening, the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced  the closure of all of the church's temples around the world.

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Hate crimes against Asian and Asian-American individuals are increasing in frequency and intensity in the United States as the spread of the coronavirus increases.

Donations of masks in response to COVID-19 forces Utah health care providers to create guidelines.
Intermountain Healthcare


Intermountain Healthcare and University of Utah Health have released guidelines for donating masks and other items to support the COVID-19 response.

In a statement release Wednesday the healthcare providers expressed appreciation for the generosity of so many people in the community who are looking for ways to help.