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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.

Senator Dan McCay To Be Jeff Burningham's Running Mate

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In a virtual cottage meeting on Wednesday night, gubenatorial candidate Jeff Burningham annouced state Senator Dan McCay would be his running mate in the 2020 election.

Second Cannabis Pharmacy In Utah Opens

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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.”

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

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 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.

Brigham City Museum Invites Students To 'Make' History

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


Salt Lake City officials have announced plans to turn an eclectic community known as Hobbitville into a public art park amid efforts to protect the property from development. The Salt Lake Tribune reported Tuesday that the Salt Lake City Council approved a budget amendment last week increasing the city's original $4 million offer for the property to $7.5 million. The park was established as a bird sanctuary in the 1930s by local surgeon George Allen and is rumored to be the home of dwarfs, giving it its nickname.


The National Student Essay Competition offers students in grades 6 through 8, grades 9 through 12, and those at universities and colleges an opportunity to reflect on the importance of a free press and to compete for $15,000 in cash awards from the Boston Globe Foundation and a full, four-year scholarship, current total value $152,000, at Westminster College in Salt Lake City.

Seven Coronavirus Deaths In Utah, Confirmed Cases Top 1,000

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Two more deaths in Utah related to the coronavirus were announced on Wedensday afternoon.

As of 1 p.m., there are now 1,012 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the state. Reportedly, 20,155 people in the state have been tested for the virus.

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

First Cases Of The Coronavirus Confirmed In USU Community

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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.

TriCounty Health District officials have confirmed a coronavirus case in the district has been reported for Duchesne County, making it the second case for the TriCounty Health District including Uintah, Duchesne and Daggett counties.

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.  

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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-- 


Managers of a campus food pantry are asking for donations to help feed students and faculty who don't have enough money to buy food. 

Health officials say a woman who was in hospice care in a long-term facility became the fifth person to die in Utah after contracting the coronavirus,  State epidemiologist Angela Dunn said Tuesday the woman died in the Weber-Morgan County area and no one else has tested positive in connection with her. Meanwhile, a case of the virus reported in central Utah means there's at least one in every health district statewide. Nearly 900 people in Utah have the virus.  The governor says there are just 27,000 protective masks in the state and more than 2 million are needed

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.

The fifth death related to the coronavirus in Utah was announced on Tuesday as well as 81 new confirmed cases of the virus. State epidemiologist Dr. Angela Dunn said this is a 10% increase in cases and that the state is maintaining a 5% positive test rate. 

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. 

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The governor of Utah has signed bills that place new rules on abortion providers in the state and remove the threat of jail time for polygamists. Republican Gov. Gary Herbert approved bills over the weekend that make the penalty for multiple marriages similar to a traffic ticket, rather than a felony.  Herbert also signed new requirements for abortion clinics and other medical facilities to cremate or bury fetal remains after an abortion or miscarriage, rather than dispose of them with medical waste.

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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.