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AM News Brief: Temples Closed, Winter Storm & Supporting Musicians

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is suspending all temple activity due to concerns over the coronavirus. This and more in the Thursday morning news brief.

Thursday morning, March 26, 2020

State

COVID-19 Update

Another four dozen cases of Covid-19 were reported yesterday by the Utah Dept of Health. That brings the state total to 346. Epidemiologist Angela Dunn said there is about a 5% positive results rate from roughly 6,800 tests. — Diane Mappipinto

Follow KUER’s coverage of the coronavirus in Utah.

Winter Storm Warning

Winter snow is hammering parts of Utah. A National Weather Service Winter Storm Warning is in place until 10 p.m. Thursday for the western Uinta Mountains and the Wasatch Range. Forecasters say heavy snow is likely Thursday morning before becoming rain showers later in the day. — Diane Maggipinto

Northern Utah

ATV Death At Little Sahara Recreation Area

A woman from Saratoga Springs died from injuries sustained in an ATV crash at Little Sahara Recreation Area. The unidentified 37-year-old was riding a 4-wheeler with a friend at the sand dunes in the West Desert. Juab County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Brent Pulver says the woman went over a dune with a sharp drop. It appears she sustained internal injuries. The cause of death will be determined by the state medical examiner. — Associated Press

Region

Supporting Musicians

At least two of the Mountain West’s major music festivals have been postponed — Treefort Music Fest in Idaho and FocoMx in Colorado. And for local musicians, cancelled gigs can be a significant drop in income. Some performers have been either streaming shows from home and then viewers can send “tips,” or other financial support. Performers say people can also support their favorite bands the old-fashioned way — by buying their records or merchandise online. — Maggie Mullen, Mountain West News Bureau

World

Temples Closed

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is suspending all temple activity due to concerns over the coronavirus. Some 161 temples are now closed in 81 countries. The temporary suspension went into effect at the end of day Wednesday, according to LDS officials. — Associated Press

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