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AstraZeneca says COVID-19 'vaccine for the world' can be 90% effective

Kate Holton, Josephine Mason and Kate Kelland, Reuters  |  Updated Nov 23rd - 10:08pm

AstraZeneca said on Monday its COVID-19 vaccine was 70% effective in pivotal trials and could be up to 90% effective, giving the world's fight against the global pandemic a third new weapon that can be cheaper to make, easier to distribute and faster to scale-up than rivals.

Gephardt: Identity thieves stealing unemployment benefits

Matt Gephardt, KSL TV  |  Posted Nov 23rd - 9:51pm

Millions of dollars are being paid out in unemployment benefits, but that money is not always going to the right people.

'An overwhelmed hospital system': Intensive care unit beds in Utah are 88% full

Ladd Egan, KSL TV  |  Posted Nov 23rd - 9:01pm

ICU bed utilization across all Utah hospitals is currently at 88%, while ICU beds are 92% occupied at the 16 Utah hospitals best equipped to care for COVID-19 patients.

Family makes PSA about large family gatherings after 15 members contracted COVID-19

Paul P. Murphy, CNN  |  Posted Nov 23rd - 7:33pm

Although the Aragonez family is still healing after a COVID-19 outbreak, they took the time to make a public service announcement warning against large family gatherings.

'Saving lives and saving livelihoods': Statewide mask mandates help boost the economy, new Utah study finds

Lauren Bennett,  |  Posted Nov 23rd - 7:02pm

Wearing a face mask not only helps reduce the spread of COVID-19, but also helps boost the economy in areas with statewide mask mandates in place, new U. study says.

Alone for the holidays? Here's how to find joy in the solitude

Scottie Andrew, CNN  |  Posted Nov 23rd - 6:29pm

'Tis the season to stay home and stay safe. That may mean no more raucous get-togethers with extended family, being relegated to the kids' table or figuring out how to politely decline Grandma's fruitcake.

Salt Lake school Zoom class hacked with pornography, slurs, police say

Pat Reavy, KSL  |  Updated Nov 23rd - 6:20pm

An online class in the Salt Lake City School District was recently interrupted by a hacker who displayed pornographic images and used racist language, according to police.

Gov. Herbert issues updated health order as Utah sees 2,244 new COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths Monday

Jacob Klopfenstein,  |  Updated Nov 23rd - 2:40pm

Utah's number of COVID-19 cases has increased by 2,244 on Monday, with four more deaths reported, according to the Utah Department of Health.

Millions stick to Thanksgiving travel plans despite warnings

Dee-ann Durbin and David Koenig, Associated Press  |  Updated Nov 23rd - 2:27pm

About 1 million Americans a day packed airports and planes over the weekend even as coronavirus deaths surged across the U.S. and public health experts begged people to stay home and avoid big Thanksgiving gatherings.

Despite COVID-19 travel warnings, many Americans defying them ahead of Thanksgiving

Daniel Trotta and Nathan Layne, Reuters  |  Updated Nov 23rd - 12:54pm

Millions of Americans appear to be defying health warnings and traveling ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, likely exacerbating a surge in coronavirus infections before a series of promising new vaccines become widely available.

Decades of work, and half a dose of fortune, drove Oxford vaccine success

Alistair Smout, Kate Kelland and Ludwig Burger, Reuters  |  Updated Nov 23rd - 12:03pm

It took Oxford University's brightest minds decades of work to give them the expertise to develop a COVID-19 vaccine. In the end, it was a momentary error — and a dose of good fortune — that carried them over the line.

Salt Lake International Airport less busy than usual ahead of Thanksgiving

Brittany Tait, KSL TV  |  Posted Nov 23rd - 8:36am

The Salt Lake International Airport saw plenty of passengers the weekend before Thanksgiving, but not as many as usual.

BYU study: Most Americans 'supportive' of getting COVID-19 vaccine, but worried about side effects

Ashley Imlay, KSL  |  Posted Nov 22nd - 8:34pm

While more than ⅔ of Americans are supportive of getting a COVID-19 vaccine, many are also concerned about whether the vaccine will have undergone adequate testing.

Hundreds show for free COVID testing event in Ogden

Alex Cabrero, KSL TV  |  Posted Nov 22nd - 5:48pm

Hundreds of people lined up outside an Ogden elementary school to get a COVID-19 test, which was far more than healthcare workers expected.

3,197 more COVID-19 cases, 6 deaths reported Sunday in Utah

Graham Dudley,  |  Updated Nov 22nd - 1:09pm

13,641 more people were tested for the virus over Saturday's numbers, and 556 Utahns are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19.

1st Americans could get COVID-19 vaccine by December 11, top health official says

Reuters  |  Posted Nov 22nd - 12:01pm

The first Americans could receive a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as Dec. 11, the chief scientific adviser for the U.S. government's vaccine program said on Sunday.

Retailers brace as virus bears down on consumers and economy

Christopher Rugaber and Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 21st - 6:26pm

LaTonya Story is every retailer's worst fear.

BYU tests 8,000 students for COVID-19 ahead of Thanksgiving break

Mike Anderson, KSL TV  |  Posted Nov 21st - 5:49pm

Volunteers from the nursing school at Brigham Young University have tested 8,000 students for COVID-19 before they head home for Thanksgiving. It is a huge effort that they pulled together with very short notice.

Saturday report shows 3,395 new coronavirus cases in Utah, 14 deaths

Graham Dudley,  |  Updated Nov 21st - 1:30pm

That brings Utah to 173,979 total confirmed cases and 787 coronavirus-related deaths since the pandemic began.