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Monday evening, April 6, 2020

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State officials unveiled one of Utah’s major contingency plans Monday in the fight against COVID-19 — 260 makeshift hospital beds that could be used if state hospitals are overrun. 

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints revealed a new logo, announced new temples in China and Dubai and made a rare proclamation at its worldwide meeting that was largely overshadowed by the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Ammon Bundy is holding court in a chilly warehouse by the railroad tracks in rural Emmett, Idaho. Yes, that Ammon Bundy.

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Sergey Krasovskiy

Monday morning, April 6, 2020

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BLUFF — Holly DeJolie was getting worried. 

She hadn’t heard from her mother and brother for a week, despite calling them several times a day. The two lived together in a three-bedroom house on Cradleboard Mesa in Navajo Mountain, Utah—about a mile from the Arizona border. They had called her the week of March 8 to tell her they were both having chest pains, DeJolie said. 

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A Salt Lake City nursing home has Utah’s first confirmed incident of community transmission of COVID-19 at a care facility, state and local health officials announced Saturday, the day after officials confirmed the first case in the Department of Corrections.

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The Navajo Nation is stepping up enforcement of a curfew put in place earlier this week.

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ST. GEORGE — Zion National Park closed indefinitely on Friday in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

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Friday evening, April 3, 2020

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Two weeks ago, Marcus Adams — or Elder Adams rather — was hunkered down in the home he shared with three other full-time Latter-day Saint missionaries in the Philippines. They had a stash of rice and ramen noodles and were preparing for weeks of quarantine. 

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Friday morning, April 3, 2020

Finding Columbia spotted frogs in Utah's mountains is not easy. But it's possible, with a guide like Paula Trater. She leads a visitor down a dirt path, then through mucky wetlands filled with cattails and a riot of birdsong.

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Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, health officials in Utah and across the globe have been warning that senior citizens are one of the most vulnerable populations for contracting COVID-19. In fact, people between the ages of 65 and 84 make up 33% of all virus related hospitalizations in the state. 

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Updated 6:41 p.m. MDT 4/2/2020: This story has been updated to reflect an announcement from the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s office Thursday. 

Salt Lake County Sheriff Rosie Rivera said Thursday the state’s first inmate has tested positive for COVID-19. The inmate was one of six to have been tested for the virus out of roughly 1,400 countywide and is currently under isolation. 51 other inmates from the same unit have also been moved to medical quarantine cells at Metro Jail from the smaller Oxbow facility. 

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Thursday evening, April 2, 2020

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TROPIC, Utah — Like most residents of Garfield County, Dianna Leslie depends on tourism to survive.

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A state partnership with a group of tech companies will get Utah close to its goal of 7,000 coronavirus tests per day in the next couple of weeks, Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday. 

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Utah, along with the rest of the country, continues to see huge spikes in the number of workers filing for unemployment claims. 

Updated at 7:37 p.m. ET

The government has gone to work disbursing the billions of dollars Washington has committed to sustain the economy after the deep shock it has undergone in the pandemic, the White House promised on Thursday.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Jovita Carranza, head of the Small Business Administration, vowed that some of the first systems for loans or payments would be up and running as soon as Friday.

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Updated 9:45 a.m. MDT 4/2/2020

Gov. Gary Herbert issued an executive order Wednesday allowing Utah renters to defer rent payments and offering eviction protection until May 15.

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Thursday morning, April 2, 2020

Amid nationwide testing shortages and backlogs, one county in our region is offering COVID-19 tests to everyone. A local couple is bankrolling the effort. And it’s not the usual nostril swab. It’s a blood test. 

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Wednesday evening, April 1, 2020

Updated at 7:29 p.m. ET

President Trump says he may consider grounding some or all flights as a coronavirus pandemic mitigation measure but also said on Wednesday he wants to apply the lightest touch possible in managing the disaster.

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Jon Reed / KUER

Wednesday morning, April 1, 2020

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Courtesy Emily Cottam.

When coronavirus hit Utah, people started panic buying — stocking up on food, supplies and lots of toilet paper. Empty shelves have become a defining image of the pandemic. 

But for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, stockpiling food and supplies is nothing new. Some are even using their food storage to help others in this moment of crisis. 

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Brian Grimmett

For entertainment during social distancing, you might be relying on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and Disney+, but what about your local library?

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Tuesday evening, March 31, 2020