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Only 50% of Utans are vaccinated and cases are surging because of the Omicron variant BA.5. FILE PH...
Jed Boal

BA.5 variant driving new surge of Utah COVID-19 cases

President Joe Biden’s positive Covid case Thursday was a sober reminder that Utah is not done fending off COVID-19 in many communities.
27 days ago
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MIKE STOBBE, ASSOCIATED RPESS

US opens COVID vaccine to little kids; shots begin this week

The U.S. on Saturday opened COVID-19 vaccines to infants, toddlers and preschoolers. The shots will become available this week, expanding the nation’s vaccination campaign to children as young as 6 months.
2 months ago
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MIKE STOBBE, ASSOCIATED PRESS

CDC recommends COVID-19 vaccines for children under 5

U.S. health officials on Saturday recommended COVID-19 vaccines for infants, toddlers and preschoolers — the last group without the shots.
2 months ago
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Cary J. Schwanitz, KSL TV

New mobile COVID-19 testing sites open in Utah

With the summer travel season underway and a steady stream of people still testing positive for COVID-19, Nomi Health opened several mobile testing sites across Utah.
2 months ago
AURORA, CO - DECEMBER 15: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center investigat...
Jed Boal, KSL TV

Pfizer booster shot is now approved for children 5-11, here’s what a doctor advises

The CDC now recommends Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots for children ages five to 11. But, a leading pediatric epidemiologist suggests some parents may want to wait based on their summer plans.
3 months ago
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Jed Boal, KSL TV

Utah moves into ‘steady state’ of pandemic, many testing options are going away

Several major changes are coming for COVID-19 testing in Utah starting Friday, April 1. 
5 months ago
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ZEKE MILLER Associated Press

AP source: Pfizer seeking OK for 4th COVID dose for seniors

WASHINGTON (AP) — Drugmaker Pfizer is expected to request authorization this week for an additional COVID-19 booster dose for seniors, according to a person familiar with the matter. It would add a fourth dose to the regimen — currently, a primary series of two shots, followed months later by a booster dose — in an […]
5 months ago
Utah Gov. Spencer Cox (KSL TV)...
Jed Boal, KSL TV

Utah to downgrade from COVID-19 ’emergency response’

Governor Spencer Cox says it is time to transition from an emergency response to COVID-19 to what he’s calling a "steady state" response.  
6 months ago
State-run COVID-19 test sites like this one in Midvale are not using rapid tests until further noti...
Dan Rascon, KSL TV

State-run COVID-19 test sites stop rapid testing due to alarming number of false-negative results

If you are trying to get a COVID-19 rapid test don’t head to a state-run location. Starting on Monday all rapid antigen tests were put on hold due to an alarming number of false-negative results. 
6 months ago
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Jed Boal, KSL TV

Some parents ready to vaccinate their kids younger than 5

Parents who are eager to get their kids under five years old vaccinated for COVID-19 may be able to plan that shot by the end of the month. Meantime, the omicron surge appears to be changing some minds about vaccination. 
7 months ago
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Ashley Moser, KSL TV

Mother pleads for Utahns to get vaccinated after son possibly catches COVID in hospital

A Salt Lake mother is asking those who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 to get the shot after her toddler ended up testing positive for the virus in the hospital.
7 months ago
FILE: People line up in their cars as members of the Utah National Guard give COVID-19 swab tests a...
Tamara Vaifanua, KSL TV

Two new mass COVID-19 testing sites open in Utah

Two new COVID-19 testing sites opened Monday in parts of Utah where omicron is spreading fast.
7 months ago
Bella Staker, age 6, got type 1 diabetes a few days after contracting COVID-19. (KSL TV)...
Heather Simonsen, KSL TV

CDC study: Diabetes may be more likely for some kids recovering from COVID-19  

There's a worrisome trend among some kids recovering from COVID-19. Kids who've had the virus appear to have an increased risk of getting both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.  
7 months ago
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Jed Boal, KSL TV

U Hospital staff ‘moving mountains’ to beat back omicron surge 

Unlike other parts of the country, the surge in omicron cases has not peaked yet in Utah. According to a top doctor at University of Utah Hospital, the facility was full, and staffing was thin but caregivers remained determined in their mission. 
7 months ago
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Mike Anderson, KSL TV

Emails leave students, teachers confused about COVID-19 protocols at Davis County high schools

Questions remained after emails to parents at two Davis County high schools gave the go-ahead for students who tested positive for COVID-19 to return to class. 
7 months ago
The Salt Lake County Council meeting of Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2022. (KSL TV)...
Larry D. Curtis, KSL TV

SL County Council sets Thursday meeting to vote on mask order

Salt Lake County's Council published its agenda for a Thursday meeting to consider terminating the health order that requires masking in public, indoor locations.
7 months ago
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Larry D. Curtis, KSL TV

Canyons School District adds emergency remote-learning day Tuesday

Because of student absences, staff shortages and spreading COVID-19 cases, Canyons School District has planned an emergency remote-learning day next week.
7 months ago
Viewmont High School in Bountiful is now in the test-to-stay protocol. (KSL TV)...
Mike Anderson & Cary J. Schwanitz, KSL TV

One school in Davis School District crossed test-to-stay threshold, two more are close

As the historic omicron surge runs through Utah classrooms, nearly a dozen schools were forced to test their students to determine who stays in person. Viewmont High School in Bountiful enforced that protocol Tuesday.
7 months ago
STAMFORD, CONNECTICUT - DECEMBER 28: Health workers administer Covid-19 PCR tests at an outdoor tes...
Mike Anderson and Larry D. Curtis, KSL TV

With daunting lines for testing, UDOH asks people to try other options

One important factor in the long lines for COVID-19 testing around Utah is staffers who would be at testing locations are at home, sick with COVID-19 instead.
7 months ago
The line to get tested for COVID-19 was over an hour long Wednesday at the Utah Department of Healt...
MARIA CHENG and CARLA K. JOHNSON Associated Press

Omicron may be headed for a rapid drop in US and Britain

Scientists are seeing signals that COVID-19′s alarming omicron wave may have peaked in Britain and is about to do the same in the U.S., at which point cases may start dropping off dramatically.
7 months ago
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Larry D. Curtis & Ladd Egan, KSL TV

SL County Council chair will not call for special session on mask order

After a county health order went into effect as 12:01 a.m. Saturday, requiring masks to slow the spread of COVID-19 indoors and in public places, the Salt Lake County Council chairwoman said she will not call for special meeting to possibly veto the measure.
7 months ago
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Andrew Adams, KSL TV

COVID-19 stretches Utah couple’s ten-day cruise to three weeks 

In the middle of the Omicron surge a Utah couple has found themselves in quite the bind on a cruise ship. 
7 months ago
Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez receives a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on December 31,...
Cary J. Schwanitz, KSL TV

Navajo Nation reports 220 new COVID-19 cases, no deaths

The Navajo Nation reported 220 new confirmed COVID-19 cases Saturday and zero deaths related to the virus.
7 months ago
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Larry D. Curtis, KSL TV

SLC Mayor Mendenhall requests county-wide mask requirement in public spaces

Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall requested a Salt Lake County mask requirements from the county's health leader and asked county politicians to support it.
7 months ago
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