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'This is much needed': Salt Lake City VA gets new and improved food pantry

'This is much needed': Salt Lake City VA gets new and improved food pantry

Shelby Lofton, KSL-TV  |  Posted Dec. 8 - 8:40 a.m.  |  Save Story

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The Salt Lake City VA reopened its food pantry on Wednesday after temporary closing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Officials say it comes during a time of year when many of them need it most.
Salt Lake economy 'transitioning': What's driving people downtown now?

Salt Lake economy 'transitioning': What's driving people downtown now?

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Dec. 7 - 10:01 a.m.  |  Save Story

Visits to downtown Salt Lake City are slowly inching closer to pre-COVID-19 pandemic levels, but it appears the reasons people are coming to the city's core have changed since 2019.
Demand for hospital-grade cribs on the rise as viral illnesses continue to surge

Demand for hospital-grade cribs on the rise as viral illnesses continue to surge

Carma Hassan, CNN  |  Posted Dec. 6 - 8:32 p.m.  |  Save Story

As a trio of respiratory viruses spreads across the country and pediatric hospitalizations remain high, some hospitals are running into a new problem: a shortage of medical-grade cribs.
Poll: More than a third of Utahns are changing their holiday behavior because of COVID-19

Poll: More than a third of Utahns are changing their holiday behavior because of COVID-19

Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News  |  Posted Dec. 5 - 9:05 p.m.  |  Save Story

A new Deseret News/Hinckley Institute of Politics poll found more than one-third of Utahns are changing their behavior this holiday season due to COVID-19.
Pfizer asks FDA to clear updated COVID shot for kids under 5

Pfizer asks FDA to clear updated COVID shot for kids under 5

Lauran Neergaard, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec. 5 - 12:46 p.m.  |  Save Story

Pfizer is asking U.S. regulators to authorize its updated COVID-19 vaccine for children under age 5. The country's youngest tots are supposed to get three extra-small doses of the original vaccine as their primary series. Pfizer and its partner BioNTech said Monday that if the Food and Drug Administration agrees, the updated vaccine would be used for the third shot.
Twitter ends enforcement of COVID misinformation policy

Twitter ends enforcement of COVID misinformation policy

David Klepper, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov. 30 - 6:50 a.m.  |  Save Story

Twitter is no longer enforcing its policy against misinformation about COVID-19. The change was announced in an online update to Twitter's rules.
'Unprecedented surge' of RSV patients causes more surgery delays at children's hospital

'Unprecedented surge' of RSV patients causes more surgery delays at children's hospital

Cassidy Wixom, KSL.com  |  Updated Nov. 28 - 6:18 p.m.  |  Save Story

Primary Children's Hospital announced Monday it will be delaying 50 elective, preplanned surgeries that require the patient to stay overnight due to capacity issues from high rates of RSV and other respiratory illnesses.
Netflix nights still come wrapped in red-and-white envelopes

Netflix nights still come wrapped in red-and-white envelopes

Michael Liedtke, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov. 26 - 2:07 p.m.  |  Save Story

The service that has shipping more than 5 billion discs across the U.S. since its inception nearly a quarter century ago may not be around much longer.
Dr. Fauci has a 'final message' on COVID-19 from the White House

Dr. Fauci has a 'final message' on COVID-19 from the White House

Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 23 - 3:47 p.m.  |  Save Story

At his final White House press briefing, Dr. Anthony Fauci made one last plea to Americans to get the updated COVID-19 booster shots.
Global stocks, oil prices slip as rising COVID cases prompt Chinese lockdowns

Global stocks, oil prices slip as rising COVID cases prompt Chinese lockdowns

Chibuike Oguh, Reuters  |  Posted Nov. 21 - 6:32 p.m.  |  Save Story

Global stocks and oil prices slipped on Monday as a spike in COVID-19 cases and newly-recorded deaths in China prompted authorities in the world's second-largest economy to reinstate lockdowns, triggering worries over the impact on the economy.
Epidemiologist says Utahns should be watching all disease trends, not just COVID

Epidemiologist says Utahns should be watching all disease trends, not just COVID

Emily Ashcraft, KSL.com  |  Posted Nov. 20 - 6:30 p.m.  |  Save Story

COVID-19 numbers are rising in Utah, but the state epidemiologist says watching these numbers is not the most important thing now, as there are multiple diseases spreading through the community.
Should COVID-19 pandemic emergency end? Senate, president disagree

Should COVID-19 pandemic emergency end? Senate, president disagree

Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 18 - 1:05 p.m.  |  Save Story

It's time to end a federal COVID-19 pandemic emergency declaration first put in place nearly three years ago by then-President Donald Trump, the U.S. Senate has decided.
US COVID public health emergency to stay in place

US COVID public health emergency to stay in place

Jeff Mason and Ahmed Aboulenein, Reuters  |  Posted Nov. 11 - 5:42 p.m.  |  Save Story

The United States will keep in place the public health emergency status of the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing millions of Americans to still get free tests, vaccines and treatments until at least April of next year, two Biden administration officials said on Friday.
There's a COVID-19 outbreak in one of the most remote places in the world

There's a COVID-19 outbreak in one of the most remote places in the world

Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 11 - 8:51 a.m.  |  Save Story

Travel to a U.S. scientific research station in Antarctica has been temporarily halted due to a COVID-19 outbreak.
The 'BQ' versions of COVID-19 account for nearly 30% of Utah's cases

The 'BQ' versions of COVID-19 account for nearly 30% of Utah's cases

Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 9 - 10:03 a.m.  |  Save Story

Nearly 30% of Utah's COVID-19 cases are likely being caused by what the state's chief scientist called a "nasty" pair of fast-spreading and treatment-resistant descendants of an omicron subvariant that's dominated in the United Staes since mid-year.
Will there be a single shot combining flu, COVID-19 booster vaccines?

Will there be a single shot combining flu, COVID-19 booster vaccines?

Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 6 - 4:01 p.m.  |  Save Story

With COVID-19 booster shots expected to become as routine as an annual flu vaccine, a single shot combining both is currently being tested.
Here's why health experts say now is the 'perfect time' to get the updated COVID-19 booster shot

Here's why health experts say now is the 'perfect time' to get the updated COVID-19 booster shot

Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News  |  Updated Nov. 3 - 9:18 p.m.  |  Save Story

Less than 8% of all Utahns are considered up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations. Getting the booster now gives time to build up protection in time for the holidays, doctors say.
Utah doctor warns of coming flu surge, encourages getting vaccinated

Utah doctor warns of coming flu surge, encourages getting vaccinated

Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News  |  Posted Oct. 28 - 7:31 a.m.  |  Save Story

Flu cases are already spiking in parts of the country, and the seasonal virus may be about to hit Utah hard.
COVID-19 shots added to CDC's recommended immunizations list. Here's the impact on Utah

COVID-19 shots added to CDC's recommended immunizations list. Here's the impact on Utah

Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News  |  Posted Oct. 27 - 6:20 a.m.  |  Save Story

Although COVID-19 vaccines have been put on the list of routine immunizations recommended for both children and adults by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, health experts stress that doesn't mean the shots are now mandatory.
Pandemic 'immunity gap' is probably behind surge in RSV cases, scientists say

Pandemic 'immunity gap' is probably behind surge in RSV cases, scientists say

Jen Christensen, CNN  |  Posted Oct. 26 - 1:26 p.m.  |  Save Story

The measures that helped keep us safe from COVID-19 over the past two-and-a-half years – lockdowns, physical distancing, wearing masks, washing hands – also helped limit the spread of other viruses. As people return to school and work and take off their masks, those viruses, including respiratory syncytial virus and flu, are back in full force.
What the US president says you need to do now to protect yourself, others against COVID-19

What the US president says you need to do now to protect yourself, others against COVID-19

Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News  |  Posted Oct. 25 - 7:44 p.m.  |  Save Story

President Joe Biden rolled up his shirt sleeve Tuesday to get the new updated COVID-19 booster after warning Americans previous vaccinations and infections are no longer the best safeguard against the deadly virus.
Got the latest COVID booster shot? You may need another dose soon

Got the latest COVID booster shot? You may need another dose soon

Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News  |  Posted Oct. 24 - 7:02 p.m.  |  Save Story

The new COVID-19 booster shot may not offer enough protection to last until next fall, a top federal official is warning.
Biden to get updated COVID vaccine, urges Americans to follow suit

Biden to get updated COVID vaccine, urges Americans to follow suit

David Shepardson, Reuters  |  Posted Oct. 24 - 1:41 p.m.  |  Save Story

President Joe Biden will get his updated COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday and urge more Americans to get the latest shot, White House spokesman Kevin Munoz said on Sunday.
Pfizer says COVID-19 vaccine will cost $110-$130 per dose but many will still get it free

Pfizer says COVID-19 vaccine will cost $110-$130 per dose but many will still get it free

Tom Murphy, Associated Press  |  Updated Oct. 22 - 6:24 p.m.  |  Save Story

Pfizer will charge $110 to $130 for a dose of its COVID-19 vaccine once the U.S. government stops buying the shots. But the drugmaker says it expects many people will continue receiving doses for free.
Online school put US kids behind. Some parents and teachers have regrets.

Online school put US kids behind. Some parents and teachers have regrets.

Bianca Vázquez Toness and Jocelyn Gecker, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct. 22 - 10:20 a.m.  |  Save Story

As the harmful effects of extended pandemic school closures become more apparent, some educators and parents have regrets.
COVID-19 vaccines will be on the 2023 vaccine schedule, but not required in schools

COVID-19 vaccines will be on the 2023 vaccine schedule, but not required in schools

Deidre McPhillips, CNN  |  Posted Oct. 21 - 8:20 p.m.  |  Save Story

COVID-19 vaccines will be part of recommended immunization schedules in 2023 for both children and adults, after a unanimous vote by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's independent Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.
US clears Novavax COVID booster dose

US clears Novavax COVID booster dose

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct. 19 - 8:41 p.m.  |  Save Story

or who otherwise wouldn't seek a COVID-19 booster shot at all. It's to be used only as a first booster, not for people who've already had one or more booster doses already.
Addiction drug shows promise lifting long COVID brain fog, fatigue

Addiction drug shows promise lifting long COVID brain fog, fatigue

Julie Steenhuysen, Reuters  |  Posted Oct. 19 - 12:21 p.m.  |  Save Story

Lauren Nichols, a 34-year-old logistics expert for the U.S. Department of Transportation in Boston, has been suffering from impaired thinking and focus, fatigue, seizures, headache and pain since her COVID-19 infection in the spring of 2020.
Long COVID and smell: How to get the treatment you need

Long COVID and smell: How to get the treatment you need

Sandee LaMotte, CNN  |  Posted Oct. 17 - 2:11 p.m.  |  Save Story

A doctor worked with 50 other experts to create a 600-plus-page consensus that combined vetted scientific knowledge and medical best practices on smell loss to help those with long COVID.
Poll: Most Utahns not worried about COVID-19 or the flu despite predictions of winter 'double whammy'

Poll: Most Utahns not worried about COVID-19 or the flu despite predictions of winter 'double whammy'

Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News  |  Posted Oct. 16 - 7:19 a.m.  |  Save Story

Just 30% of Utahns are worried about getting COVID-19 or the flu this fall, according to the latest Deseret News/Hinckley Institute of Politics poll.
Sandy woman shares frustration of ongoing battle with COVID-19

Sandy woman shares frustration of ongoing battle with COVID-19

Alex Cabrero and Mike Anderson, KSL-TV  |  Posted Oct. 15 - 12:21 p.m.  |  Save Story

One Utahn shares what is like to be part of a group known as COVID-19 long-haulers. It's where the symptoms of the virus have stayed for far longer than in most people.
Updated COVID booster shots approved for children as young as 5

Updated COVID booster shots approved for children as young as 5

Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News  |  Posted Oct. 14 - 9:47 a.m.  |  Save Story

Updated COVID-19 booster shots now approved for children as young as 5 years old.
Poor mental health in US teens exacerbated by negative COVID-19 experiences, survey finds

Poor mental health in US teens exacerbated by negative COVID-19 experiences, survey finds

Deidre McPhillips, CNN  |  Posted Oct. 14 - 7:48 a.m.  |  Save Story

Poor mental health among teens in the United States was a concern before the COVID-19 pandemic, and major disruptions to school and social life since early 2020 have only exacerbated the situation.
Many Americans admit lying about COVID-19 in a new survey. Here's their rationale

Many Americans admit lying about COVID-19 in a new survey. Here's their rationale

Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News  |  Posted Oct. 13 - 1:14 p.m.  |  Save Story

Nearly half of Americans acknowledged they weren't truthful about their COVID-19 status or didn't follow public health measures at the height of the pandemic according to survey.
US clears updated COVID boosters for kids as young as 5

US clears updated COVID boosters for kids as young as 5

Lauran Neergaard, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct. 12 - 2:37 p.m.  |  Save Story

The U.S. on Wednesday authorized updated COVID-19 boosters for children as young as 5, seeking to expand protection ahead of an expected winter wave.
How to keep your kids safe from RSV, other respiratory viruses

How to keep your kids safe from RSV, other respiratory viruses

Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News  |  Posted Oct. 12 - 8:05 a.m.  |  Save Story

Children are getting sick again from a variety of respiratory illnesses that have been largely absent during the COVID-19 pandemic, so now is not the time to let up on taking precautions.
Republicans more likely to die from COVID-19 than Democrats? Here's what research says

Republicans more likely to die from COVID-19 than Democrats? Here's what research says

Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News  |  Posted Oct. 7 - 7:01 p.m.  |  Save Story

Republicans are dying at a higher rate from COVID-19 than Democrats, new research suggests.
Utah reports 1,731 new COVID-19 cases, 7 deaths in past week

Utah reports 1,731 new COVID-19 cases, 7 deaths in past week

Ashley Imlay, KSL.com  |  Posted Oct. 6 - 1:47 p.m.  |  Save Story

Utah health officials reported 1,731 new COVID-19 cases and seven additional deaths over the past week.
How many Utahns have gotten the new COVID-19 booster shot, so far?

How many Utahns have gotten the new COVID-19 booster shot, so far?

Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News  |  Posted Oct. 6 - 1:18 p.m.  |  Save Story

More than 116,000 Utahns have already received the updated COVID-19 booster shot, according to data provided by the Utah Department of Health and Human Services.
Heading overseas? Here's why travel advisories about COVID-19 aren't being updated

Heading overseas? Here's why travel advisories about COVID-19 aren't being updated

Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News  |  Posted Oct. 4 - 3:10 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has stopped regularly issuing COVID-19 related advisories for international travelers.
How California will punish doctors who give COVID-19 misinformation to patients

How California will punish doctors who give COVID-19 misinformation to patients

Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News  |  Posted Oct. 3 - 5:54 p.m.  |  Save Story

Doctors in California who spread misinformation about COVID-19 to their patients now face losing their license to practice medicine.
Think you've heard a lot about the new COVID-19 booster shots?

Think you've heard a lot about the new COVID-19 booster shots?

Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News  |  Posted Oct. 1 - 8:21 a.m.  |  Save Story

Just over half of adults surveyed nationally say they've heard little or nothing about the first updated COVID-19 booster shot, and only about a third have either already gotten the extra vaccine dose or are planning to roll up their sleeves anytime soon.
Utah reports 1,881 new COVID-19 cases, 10 additional deaths over past week

Utah reports 1,881 new COVID-19 cases, 10 additional deaths over past week

Ashley Imlay, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 29 - 2:36 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Utah Department of Health and Human Services reported 1,881 new COVID-19 cases and 10 additional deaths over the past week.
How concerned are Utahns about getting COVID? Here's what a new poll found

How concerned are Utahns about getting COVID? Here's what a new poll found

Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News  |  Posted Sept. 29 - 6:21 a.m.  |  Save Story

More than two-thirds of Utahns aren't concerned about contracting COVID, according to a new Deseret News/Hinckley Institute of Politics poll, even though a new wave is likely coming this fall.
Our personalities may have changed thanks to the pandemic, study shows

Our personalities may have changed thanks to the pandemic, study shows

Madeline Holcombe, CNN  |  Posted Sept. 28 - 8:27 p.m.  |  Save Story

COVID-19 changed a lot — how we socialized, where we went, and even what work looked like. A new study shows the pandemic may have changed our personalities as well.
Had COVID-19? Here's how long you should wait to get the updated booster shot

Had COVID-19? Here's how long you should wait to get the updated booster shot

Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News  |  Posted Sept. 28 - 7:11 p.m.  |  Save Story

Want an updated COVID-19 booster shot? Well, if you've recently had the virus, you'll need to wait.
Canada is ending COVID travel restrictions. Here's why

Canada is ending COVID travel restrictions. Here's why

Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News  |  Posted Sept. 27 - 9:34 p.m.  |  Save Story

Canada's COVID-19 travel restrictions will no longer be in place as of Oct. 1, government officials announced this week.
Why did more Utah kindergartners get vaccine exemptions last year?

Why did more Utah kindergartners get vaccine exemptions last year?

Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News  |  Posted Sept. 27 - 3:02 p.m.  |  Save Story

Vaccine exemptions were up last school year, but one official says he doesn't believe parents are more reluctant to get their children the shots despite the politics surrounding COVID.
Flu season and COVID-19: Here's how to avoid infections this fall

Flu season and COVID-19: Here's how to avoid infections this fall

Ashley Imlay, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 26 - 2:16 p.m.  |  Save Story

Doctors believe this flu season might be a severe one in the U.S. after Australia's season just ended — and with it took 300 lives and caused 1,700 hospitalizations.
Utah to receive additional $4.9M from FEMA in response to COVID-19

Utah to receive additional $4.9M from FEMA in response to COVID-19

Mark Jones, KSL NewsRadio  |  Posted Sept. 26 - 1:44 p.m.  |  Save Story

The state of Utah has been approved to receive an additional $4.9 million from FEMA in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID raises risk of long-term brain injury, large U.S. study finds

COVID raises risk of long-term brain injury, large U.S. study finds

Julie Steenhuysen, Reuters  |  Posted Sept. 23 - 9:30 a.m.  |  Save Story

People who had COVID-19 are at higher risk for a host of brain injuries a year later compared with people who were never infected by the coronavirus, a finding that could affect millions of Americans, U.S. researchers reported on Thursday.
When can children get updated COVID-19 booster shot?

When can children get updated COVID-19 booster shot?

Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News  |  Posted Sept. 22 - 5:42 p.m.  |  Save Story

Children as young as 5 years old may be able to get the updated COVID-19 booster shots as soon as mid-October.
Weekly COVID report shows spread continues to decrease in Utah

Weekly COVID report shows spread continues to decrease in Utah

Emily Ashcraft, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 22 - 2:39 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Utah Department of Health and Human Services reported 1,919 new COVID-19 cases and 10 additional deaths over the past week.
Why millions more of Moderna's COVID-19 booster shots are now available

Why millions more of Moderna's COVID-19 booster shots are now available

Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News  |  Posted Sept. 22 - 8:05 a.m.  |  Save Story

Looking to get Moderna's updated COVID-19 booster shot?
Is the pandemic over? Reaction to Biden's comments on COVID-19

Is the pandemic over? Reaction to Biden's comments on COVID-19

Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News  |  Updated Sept. 21 - 8:29 a.m.  |  Save Story

COVID-19 isn't going away, health experts said after President Joe Biden declared the pandemic is over.
COVID-19 vaccination rates for young children are 'very disappointing,' Utah doctor says

COVID-19 vaccination rates for young children are 'very disappointing,' Utah doctor says

Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News  |  Updated Sept. 19 - 5:49 p.m.  |  Save Story

Just over 7% of Utah children under 5 years old have gotten at least their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, according to the Utah Department of Health and Human Services.
Biden says 'the pandemic is over' even as death toll, costs mount

Biden says 'the pandemic is over' even as death toll, costs mount

Trevor Hunnicutt, Reuters  |  Posted Sept. 19 - 11:33 a.m.  |  Save Story

U.S. President Joe Biden said in an interview aired on Sunday that "the pandemic is over," even though the country continues to grapple with coronavirus infections that kill hundreds of Americans daily.
WHO 'strongly advises against' use of two COVID treatments

WHO 'strongly advises against' use of two COVID treatments

Natalie Grover, Reuters  |  Posted Sept. 16 - 8:04 p.m.  |  Save Story

Two COVID-19 antibody therapies are no longer recommended by the World Health Organization, on the basis that omicron and the variant's latest offshoots have likely rendered them obsolete.
Despite reaching 5,000 deaths, Utah's COVID-19 numbers are down

Despite reaching 5,000 deaths, Utah's COVID-19 numbers are down

Jed Boal, KSL-TV  |  Posted Sept. 16 - 10:58 a.m.  |  Save Story

Utah reached a grim milestone in the COVID-19 pandemic this week, surpassing 5000 virus related deaths. The director of the World Health Organization says "the end is in sight," even if we are not there yet.