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Jessica Lowell

News Intern
Photo of people walk along a street on a sunny day under a clear blue sky.
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Park City was on track for one of it’s most successful skiing seasons last winter, but things came to a halt in March when the city was identified as a COVID-19 hotspot, according to Bill Malone, president of the Park City Chamber/Bureau. 

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The Food and Drug Administration has approved an Emergency Use Authorization for an at-home COVID-19 test from Kroger Health, a division of the same company that owns Smith’s Food and Drug in Utah. The test will be available to Utah companies and organizations by the end of July. 

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Courtesy Hogle Zoo

Normally when the last bell of the school year rings, students race out of the classroom, throw away old assignments and get excited for summer plans. But the coronavirus pandemic has thrown a wrench in those plans, forcing families to reevaluate and make adjustments. 

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Utah set a record high of new COVID cases on Friday, when health officials reported 676 new cases. And over the weekend, another 1,050 were reported. Now, hospitals are preparing to make room for more patients.

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Ski resorts in Utah that depend on seasonal foreign workers might have problems finding the labor they need this winter season, due to the recent suspension of certain work visas.

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Most of Utah has moved to the yellow, low-risk level of the state’s coronavirus recovery plan, and some people are beginning to think about large scale events. 

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Brian Albers / KUER

Public universities throughout Utah and the country received money as part of the federal CARES Act, an economic relief package in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Institutions, though, are required to disburse half of that funding to students. 

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More than 14,000 gig workers and self-employed people have applied for unemployment in Utah over the past two weeks, including people working for ridesharing apps and Airbnb. 

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Courtesy of SugarHouse Industries

Companies across Utah have been suspending their normal operations due to the coronavirus outbreak. However, some businesses, like Ogden’s Own and Sugarhouse Industries, have shifted their production to meet the growing demand for gloves and masks and even things like sanitizer.