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Officials with the Utah Department of Health announced the first positive test of COVID-19 in the state Friday night. The announcement came just hours after Gov. Gary Herbery declared a state of emergency amid fears of an outbreak.

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Utah is one step closer to launching its medical marijuana program as the Department of Health announced Monday medical providers may pre-register with the state ahead of the official rollout March 1.

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The federal government has given Utah’s “Fallback Plan” on Medicaid Expansion the go ahead, bringing a long and drawn-out process closer — though not all the way — to its end. 

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Future medical cannabis users and sellers now have a better idea about how much they might pay to join Utah’s medical marijuana program. After more changes to the cannabis program were announced during last week’s special session, the Department of Health unveiled the range of fees it aims to charge for registration, background checks, and yearly licensing. 

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The public will have a chance to weigh in on the last step towards implementing the Utah Legislature’s Medicaid expansion plan during a hearing on Thursday afternoon.

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The state legislature passed the Utah Medical Cannabis Act last week. State agencies are already taking first steps to lay the groundwork for the law despite several lawsuits attempting to undo the compromise between cannabis advocates and elected officials.

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Some might recall the summer of 2007 for its top billboard song or action-hero movie, but for Utah's public pool-goers that summer stood out for unhappy reasons.

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Utah now has one case in the national E. coli outbreak. According to Laine McCullough with the Utah Department of Health the patient in Utah was infected while traveling in the Northeastern U.S.

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After a slow start to Utah’s flu season, the virus is in full swing. Health experts say the current strain is similar to last year’s.

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For the first time, the Utah Department of Health produced a statewide study looking at health according to residents’ disability status. 

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In Utah approximately 19,500 kids are on the Children’s Health Insurance Program, also known as CHIP. It provides coverage for uninsured kids in low-to-middle-income households. But so far, the reauthorization of that program has stalled in Congress. 

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 The Utah Department of Health is warning of a salmonella outbreak linked to raw milk. Health officials say since March, nine Utahns have become sick with salmonella after consuming unpasteurized milk from Heber Valley Milk in Midway.

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Methamphetamine lab busts are on the decline in Utah down from 107 in 2004 to 1 in 2014.  But concerns at the Utah Department of Health are rising.

UDOH Report Links Asthma and Depression

May 25, 2016
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A new report from the Utah Department of Health shows that Utahns with asthma also have higher rates of depression.

UDOH: 95% of Healthcare Workers Got a Flu Shot

May 2, 2016
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The Utah Department of Health has released a report detailing the influenza vaccination rates of hospital workers.

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The World Health Organization has declared an international emergency over the explosive spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. Health officials are most concerned about possible birth defects when a pregnant woman is bitten by a mosquito carrying the Zika virus.

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Utah’s rate of vaccination for HPV, or Human papillomavirus, is well below the national average.  The Utah Department of Health is launching a new media campaign aimed at increasing the rate of HPV vaccinations among 11-12 year old Utahns.

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Utah Health officials are investigating illnesses in Utah and six other states associated with chicken salad sold by Costco.

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Concerns over potential exposure to hepatitis C have expanded to a second Utah hospital.

Utah is seeing improvements in reducing infections from hospital procedures. The state department of health released its annual report on healthcare associated infections Monday. Across the country, 1 in 25 people will get an infection while they are receiving treatment for another condition in a healthcare setting.

Utah health officials are urging people to take advantage of a prescription drug take-back event on Saturday. They say getting rid of old medications might help save a life.

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A Utah resident has died after contracting the plague. It’s the first human case in the state since 2009.

The rate of blood transfusions administered to mothers in Utah delivery rooms is twice the national average. That’s according to a new report from the state Department of Health.

Gonorrhea Rates in Utah Jump Nearly 400 Percent

Mar 17, 2015
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The Utah Department of Health released a report recently that shows rates of gonorrhea in the state have jumped significantly over the past four years. 

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The Utah Department of Health is again making a case for Utahns to get screened for colorectal cancer with its campaign through March.

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Utah Department of Health officials declared an end to the measles outbreak in the state Wednesday.

Flu Cases Increase in Salt Lake County

Dec 9, 2014
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  The Salt Lake County Health Department says it’s seen a sharp increase in the number of influenza cases over the past two weeks.  And state officials say a flu shot is still the best way to prevent it. 

Doctor Dagmar Vitek with the Salt Lake County Health Department says 75 people have been hospitalized with influenza over the past two weeks.  Two people have died.  And she says elderly people and others at high risk need to see a doctor right away if they have symptoms of the flu.

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Governor Gary Herbert is still encountering resistance from fellow Republicans on his plan to provide health coverage to the poor. Utah Department of Health officials briefed a committee of state lawmakers Thursday on their negotiations in Washington. The Governor has said he is pleased with the outcome, but some conservative state lawmakers are still not sold on the plan to expand government assistance in Utah.

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Utah ranks 5th in the nation for drug-poisoning deaths, according to data released this week by the Utah Department of Health. Many of those deaths are caused by opioids. But some say that could be changed with better access to treatment.

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More people are using electronic cigarettes in Utah, but the rate of traditional cigarette smoking has remained unchanged.

Here at Salt Lake Vapors, Adam Christensen talks to e-cigarette users every day. Christensen says he stopped smoking two years ago with the help of these devices, which heat up liquid nicotine into vapor to be inhaled. 

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