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Over 40% of COVID-19 cases in Utah are Latinos but they only make up about 14% of Utah’s population. Often a lack of access to health care services leaves these populations vulnerable. 

Covid 19 in Utah
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Updated 12:46 p.m. MDT 7/12/2020

Total Cases: 29,484 | Total Hospitalizations: 1,824 | Current Hospitalizations: 209 | Deaths: 215

Utah reported on Sunday 629 new cases of COVID-19. That’s a 2.2% increase in total cases from the day before. For the past week, the positive rate is 10%. The state reported three new deaths. So far, 413,058 people have been tested. 

Ongoing COVID Spike

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Friday evening, July 10, 2020

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Utah’s medical community is calling on state officials to mandate wearing face masks in public. In a press conference Friday, representatives from the state’s largest health care systems said they’re concerned about recent spikes in coronavirus case numbers, and worry the state’s hospitals could soon be overrun. 

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Friday morning, July 10, 2020

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Thursday evening, July 9, 2020

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Gov. Gary Herbert announced Thursday that he will not mandate face coverings in public places across the state, the day after the state reported a record number of daily cases. Herbert instead issued a “challenge” to Utahns to wear face masks in public and comply with social distancing guidelines, to get to less than 500 new daily cases by August 1. 

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Thursday morning, July 9, 2020

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Wednesday evening, July 8, 2020

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Once the coronavirus pandemic took hold in the U.S., major events like conferences and concert tours were postponed or outright canceled. But as Utah reopens, pulling back restrictions on large gatherings, some are beginning to come back. 

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Wednesdsay morning, July 8, 2020

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Tuesday evening, July 7, 2020

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Utah Republicans have selected Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox as their nominee for Utah governor. Cox will now face Democrat and University of Utah law professor Chris Peterson in the general election.

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Tuesday morning, July 7, 2020

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Monday evening, July 6, 2020

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Monday morning, July 6, 2020

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One-third of the inmates at Washington County’s jail have tested positive for COVID-19 and family members say officials didn’t provide adequate protection against the virus. 

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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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Friday evening, July 3, 2020

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Friday morning, July 3 2020

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The coronavirus pandemic has fundamentally altered education in Utah, when learning was forced from the classroom to the computer. For some teachers, the ongoing challenges of online learning, along with an uncertain health risk come fall, have them questioning if they can stick with teaching. 

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Thursday evening, July 2, 2020

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Thursday morning, July 2, 2020

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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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Wednesday evening, July 1, 2020

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Wednesday morning, July 1, 2020

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Masks are a contentious issue in Moab. Local officials have pushed visitors to voluntarily use them since tourism resumed, but many visitors aren’t complying. Now, the Grand County Council is pushing to make face coverings mandatory inside all public places and businesses. 

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Tuesday evening, June 30, 2020

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Utah has provided nearly $134,000 in rental assistance to 112 people since mid-May, when the governor’s eviction freeze ended. 

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Tuesday morning, June 30, 2020