COVID-19: Vaccine Watch

Utah national parks no longer have a mask mandate...
Chandler Holt

Masks no longer required in national parks

Since a federal judge struck down the CDC's transportation mask mandate, guests in national parks can choose if they'd like to wear a mask or not.
4 months ago
New eligibility rules for pandemic-EBT program...
Waverly Golden

New eligibility guidelines for Pandemic-EBT

Utah households will have to apply for free or reduced-price meal benefits with their local school by May 6 to possibly receive Pandemic-EBT.
4 months ago
Utah begings using wastewater to track components of the COVID-19 virus in communities...
Dan Bammes

Monitoring COVID-19 virus in Utah through wastewater

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah is monitoring levels of the COVID-19 virus components in sewage at wastewater treatment plants across the state. While it’s a useful early warning system, Utah’s state epidemiologist says it’s just one of the tools they have for monitoring COVID-19 infections in the community. Last year, when the Delta variant showed […]
4 months ago
(A testing site operated by Nomi Health across the street from UDOH headquarters.  Photo: Paul Nels...
Paul Nelson

Federal health officials investigating Utah-based company over COVID-19 testing

A Utah-based company is being investigating for claims of substandard conditions at COVID-19 testing sites.
5 months ago
(A testing site operated by Nomi Health across the street from UDOH headquarters.  Photo: Paul Nels...
Paul Nelson

Health officials will significantly ‘ramp down’ the number of COVID-19 tests they offer

The Utah Department of Health announced it will ramp down the number of COVID-19 tests being offered to the public.
5 months ago
FILE: People wait to check-in at the Qatar Airways counter amid coronavirus fears at Miami Internat...
Aimee Cobabe

Utah joins mask mandate lawsuit against federal government

The lawsuit claims the mask mandate on planes and other public transportation is illegal and prohibitive in states that have banned mask mandates.
5 months ago
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LAURAN NEERGAARD and MATTHEW PERRONE Associated Press

FDA OKs another Pfizer, Moderna COVID booster for 50 and up

The Food and Drug Administration's decision aims to offer extra protection to the most vulnerable in case the virus rebounds.
5 months ago
Test to Stay schools...
Devin Oldroyd

COVID-19 testing sites across Utah scheduled to close

COVID-19 testing sites across Utah will close by the end of the week. This comes as Utah transitions to a "Steady State."
5 months ago
FILE - A health worker administers a dose of a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine during a vaccination clinic...
LAURAN NEERGAARD AP Medical Writer

Moderna says its COVID shots work for kids under 6, will seek authorization

Moderna said in the coming weeks it would ask regulators in the U.S. and Europe to authorize two small-dose shots for kids under 6.
5 months ago
Health Department COVID transmission...
Lindsay Aerts

Salt Lake County in low COVID transmission, at risk for new variant spike

Salt Lake County is now in low COVID-19 transmission. But the county may not be out of the woods with a new variant making the rounds.
5 months ago
conspiracy theorists Utah hospital...
Devin Oldroyd

Visitor guidelines at Intermountain Healthcare ease

Intermountain's new visitor guidelines are an attempt to return to "normal, pre-COVID" expectations, the company said.
5 months ago
Utah National Guard's COVID-19 Joint Task Force ends today....
Samantha Herrera

Utah National Guard ends COVID-19 Joint Task Force

After two years of providing support during the pandemic, the Utah National Guard's COVID-19 Joint Task Force ends its mission today.
5 months ago
In a photo provided by Multnomah County, Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury, center, leads the ...
GILLIAN FLACCUS, CHRISTOPHER WEBER and TERRY TANG Associated Press

Two years into COVID-19 pandemic, world takes cautious steps forward

Hospitalizations from COVID-19 in the U.S. have decreased 80% in the last six weeks. Still, health experts are urging certain cautions.
5 months ago
FILE - A medical staff member prepares the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Tudor Ranch in Mecca...
Curt Gresseth

Vaccine passport requirement moves step closer to honor system at Utah Capitol

A Utah state senator explains how a bill moved from vaccine requirement or passport to an honor system agreement between employer and employee.
6 months ago
Dr. Angela Dunn talks about mask requirements and recommendations....
Kira Hoffelmeyer

These are the changes Salt Lake County made to its masking recommendations

Salt Lake County’s top health expert is saying people only need to continue to mask up to prevent COVID-19 if they have an underlying risk or spend a lot of time with others who have underlying risks.
6 months ago
COVID-19 testing Utah...
Simone Seikaly

Utah health officials say testing for COVID-19 is still an important tool

For the most accurate results, the Utah Department of Health recommends that people without symptoms receive a PCR test when testing for COVID-19.
6 months ago
FILE - Nurse Lydia Holly prepares a child's COVID-19 vaccine dose, on Nov. 3, 2021, at Children's N...
Jamie Gumbrecht, CNN

FDA postpones advisory panel meeting on Pfizer COVID vaccine for young kids

"We will provide an update on timing for the advisory committee meeting once we receive additional data on a third dose in this age group," the FDA said.
6 months ago
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ROB GILLIES and TOM KRISHER Associated Press

Four-day truck blockade at US-Canada border shuts auto plants

The bumper-to-bumper demonstration entered its fourth day Thursday at the Ambassador Bridge connecting Windsor, Ontario, to Detroit.
6 months ago
FILE: Image of a pregnant woman. Photo credit: Deseret News, Sara Reid...
Paul Nelson

Researchers say COVID-19 leads to worsening pregnancy complications

New research from the University of Utah shows COVID-19 can cause bigger pregnancy complications.
6 months ago
Eighth grade students and their teacher wear masks during their dual language class at Mount Jordan...
Kira Hoffelmeyer

Bill that would allow parents to sue teachers over curriculum substituted during general session

The part of a bill that would have included the ability for parents to sue teachers if they didn't like what was on the lesson plan is being substituted on Utah's Capitol hill. 
6 months ago
Experts from Huntsman Mental Health Institute say omicron is increasing mental health cases....
Martha Harris and Kira Hoffelmeyer

Utah doctors report omicron variant impacting mental health

Two doctors say the omicron variant is increasing mental health cases
7 months ago
The Salt Lake School Board eliminated 42 teaching positions because of dropping enrollment numbers....
Martha Harris, Paul Nelson, and Kira Hoffelmeyer

42 teaching positions eliminated in SLC from decline in student enrollment

The board eliminated 42 teaching positions because of dropping enrollment numbers
7 months ago
FILE - Nurse Lydia Holly prepares a child's COVID-19 vaccine dose, on Nov. 3, 2021, at Children's N...
LAURAN NEERGAARD and MATTHEW PERRONE Associated Press

Pfizer asks FDA to allow COVID-19 vaccine for kids under 5

The move could open the way for the very youngest Americans to start receiving shots by early March.
7 months ago
500,000 deaths...
Simone Seikaly

BREAKING: The Utah National Guard will assist long-term care facilities

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Health has requested help from the Utah National Guard’s COVID-19 Joint Task Force, and the help is coming. The Task Force has been activated, which means 50 service members will be deployed to help at long-term care facilities across the state of Utah. “Utah National Guard members […]
7 months ago