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Why experts say Utahns shouldn't wait to get COVID-19 booster despite omicron variant

Why experts say Utahns shouldn't wait to get COVID-19 booster despite omicron variant

Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News  |  Posted Dec. 1 - 9:04 a.m.

Yes, a new version of vaccines for the omicron variant could be ready in the next 100 days or so. But no, Utahns shouldn't put off getting a booster, an infectious diseases physician said.
'Fear mode': Will omicron, on top of rising inflation, upend economic recovery?

'Fear mode': Will omicron, on top of rising inflation, upend economic recovery?

Art Raymond, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 30 - 8:56 p.m.

For the second time in three days, markets tumbled as uncertainty about the omicron variant cast a shadow over investors already twitchy about rising inflation.
Expert adviser panel narrowly recommends Merck's at-home COVID-19 pill for FDA authorization

Expert adviser panel narrowly recommends Merck's at-home COVID-19 pill for FDA authorization

Reuters  |  Updated Nov. 30 - 4:14 p.m.

A panel of expert advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday narrowly voted to recommend the agency authorize Merck's antiviral pill to treat COVID-19.
Judge blocks COVID-19 vaccine or testing rule for health workers in 10 states

Judge blocks COVID-19 vaccine or testing rule for health workers in 10 states

Tom Hals, Reuters  |  Posted Nov. 30 - 10:28 a.m.

A federal judge on Monday blocked in 10 states a Biden administration vaccine requirement, finding the agency that issued the rule mandating health care workers get vaccinated against the coronavirus likely exceeded its authority.
Omicron was in Netherlands days before it was reported in South Africa

Omicron was in Netherlands days before it was reported in South Africa

Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov. 30 - 6:58 a.m.

The omicron variant was already in the Netherlands when South Africa alerted the World Health Organization about it last week, Dutch health authorities said Tuesday, adding to fear and confusion over the new version of the coronavirus in a weary world hoping it had left the worst of the pandemic behind.
CDC updates guidance, says all adults should get COVID-19 booster shots

CDC updates guidance, says all adults should get COVID-19 booster shots

Reuters  |  Posted Nov. 29 - 7:36 p.m.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday everyone aged 18 years and older should get a booster shot, as it looks to tackle a new and highly infectious strain of the coronavirus that is quickly spreading across the globe.
WHO warns that new omicron virus variant poses 'very high' risk

WHO warns that new omicron virus variant poses 'very high' risk

Jamey Keaten, Raf Casert and Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov. 29 - 5:02 p.m.

The World Health Organization warned Monday that the global risk from the omicron variant is "very high" based on the early evidence.
What Dr. Anthony Fauci says about a Utah congressman's bill that bears his name

What Dr. Anthony Fauci says about a Utah congressman's bill that bears his name

Dennis Romboy, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 29 - 3:03 p.m.

Dr. Anthony Fauci poked back at a Utah congressman's legislation that bears the name of the nation's top infectious disease expert in a CBS News interview.
Omicron brings COVID-19 vaccine inequity 'home to roost'

Omicron brings COVID-19 vaccine inequity 'home to roost'

Maria Cheng and Lori Hinnant, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov. 29 - 2:02 p.m.

The omicron variant is a reminder of what scientists have warned for months: The coronavirus will thrive as long as vast parts of the world lack vaccines.
Should Utah be worried about the COVID omicron variant?

Should Utah be worried about the COVID omicron variant?

Ashley Imlay, KSL.com  |  Updated Nov. 29 - 1:32 p.m.

A University of Utah doctor said Monday that it's likely a "given" the omicron variant will hit Utah — but he also said there's no reason to panic. Utah health officials reported 2,476 new COVID-19 cases since Friday, as well as 21 deaths.
Merriam-Webster chooses vaccine as the 2021 word of the year

Merriam-Webster chooses vaccine as the 2021 word of the year

Leanne Italie, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov. 29 - 10:31 a.m.

With an expanded definition to reflect the times, Merriam-Webster has declared an omnipresent truth as its 2021 word of the year: vaccine.
What we know and don't know on new COVID variant

What we know and don't know on new COVID variant

Maria Cheng, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov. 28 - 9:24 p.m.

South African scientists identified a new version of the coronavirus that they say is behind a recent spike in COVID-19 infections in Gauteng, the country's most populous province.
US braces for omicron, prepares for African country travel ban

US braces for omicron, prepares for African country travel ban

Susan Heavey, Reuters  |  Posted Nov. 28 - 2:04 p.m.

U.S. health officials on Sunday said they were preparing for the likely appearance of the new omicron COVID-19 variant, with restrictions set to begin on Monday against travelers from eight southern African countries.
The Santa experience this year is a mix of laps, distancing

The Santa experience this year is a mix of laps, distancing

Leanne Italie, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov. 28 - 8:10 a.m.

Santa is back this year, but he pleads caution as he continues to tiptoe through the pandemic.
COVID variant spreads to more countries as world on alert

COVID variant spreads to more countries as world on alert

Pan Pylas, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov. 27 - 7:53 p.m.

The new potentially more contagious omicron variant of the coronavirus popped up in more European countries on Saturday, just days after being identified in South Africa, leaving governments around the world scrambling to stop the spread.
EU proposes booster jabs for 2022 travel, opens to WHO vaccines

EU proposes booster jabs for 2022 travel, opens to WHO vaccines

Philip Blenkinsop and Marine Strauss, Reuters  |  Posted Nov. 27 - 2:23 p.m.

European Union residents will need to have COVID-19 vaccine booster jabs if they want to travel to another country in the bloc next summer free of tests or quarantines, the European Commission proposed on Thursday.
Virus fears lead to post-Thanksgiving blues for stocks, oil

Virus fears lead to post-Thanksgiving blues for stocks, oil

Carolyn Cohn, Reuters  |  Posted Nov. 27 - 8:07 a.m.

U.S. stock index futures pointed to a slide at the post-Thanksgiving Wall Street open and oil hit two-month lows as fears of a coronavirus variant sent investors scurrying to safe-haven assets.
Researchers believe omicron COVID variant will reach Utah, sooner or later

Researchers believe omicron COVID variant will reach Utah, sooner or later

Paul Nelson, KSL NewsRadio  |  Posted Nov. 27 - 7:10 a.m.

Health officials in Utah say they're keeping a close eye on the new COVID variant coming out of South Africa, but how worried should we be in the Beehive State?
Merck's COVID-19 pill significantly less effective in new analysis

Merck's COVID-19 pill significantly less effective in new analysis

Manas Mishra and Michael Erman, Reuters  |  Posted Nov. 26 - 7:20 p.m.

Merck & Co said on Friday updated data from its study of its experimental COVID-19 pill showed the drug was significantly less effective in cutting hospitalizations and deaths than previously reported.
Utah confirms 2,415 new COVID-19 cases, 17 deaths Friday

Utah confirms 2,415 new COVID-19 cases, 17 deaths Friday

Ashley Fredde, KSL.com  |  Updated Nov. 26 - 11:33 a.m.

The Utah Department of Health reported 2,415 new cases on Friday and 17 deaths since Wednesday.
We've never had more COVID patients than we do now, Utah doctor says

We've never had more COVID patients than we do now, Utah doctor says

Ashley Imlay, KSL.com  |  Updated Nov. 24 - 1:25 p.m.

An infection disease physician urges Utahns to keep in mind their personal risk due to COVID-19 when deciding whether to attend Thanksgiving gatherings.
US jobless claims plunge to 199,000, lowest in 52 years

US jobless claims plunge to 199,000, lowest in 52 years

Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov. 24 - 7:26 a.m.

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits plummeted last week to the lowest level in more than half a century, another sign that the U.S. job market is rebounding rapidly from last year's coronavirus recession.
Vaccines making Thanksgiving easier but hot spots remain, including Utah

Vaccines making Thanksgiving easier but hot spots remain, including Utah

Ed White, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov. 24 - 7:09 a.m.

The U.S. is facing its second Thanksgiving of the pandemic in better shape than the first time around, thanks to the vaccine, though some regions are seeing surges of COVID-19 cases that could get worse as families travel the country for gatherings that were impossible a year ago.
Biden administration seeks to reinstate workplace COVID vaccine rule

Biden administration seeks to reinstate workplace COVID vaccine rule

Tom Hals, Reuters  |  Posted Nov. 23 - 10:04 p.m.

The Biden administration asked a federal appeals court on Tuesday to lift a court-ordered stay on a sweeping workplace COVID-19 vaccine rule to avoid serious harm to public health, or alternatively to allow a masking-and-testing requirement.
How COVID shots for kids help prevent dangerous new variants

How COVID shots for kids help prevent dangerous new variants

Laura Ungar, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov. 23 - 4:04 p.m.

Cadell Walker rushed to get her 9-year-old daughter Solome vaccinated against COVID-19 — not just to protect her but to help stop the coronavirus from spreading and spawning even more dangerous variants.
Utah confirms 1,153 new COVID-19 cases, 15 deaths Tuesday

Utah confirms 1,153 new COVID-19 cases, 15 deaths Tuesday

Ashley Imlay, KSL.com  |  Updated Nov. 23 - 1:38 p.m.

Utah health officials confirmed 1,153 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, as well as 15 additional deaths.
Is travel safe during the pandemic this holiday season?

Is travel safe during the pandemic this holiday season?

Dee-ann Durbin, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov. 22 - 9:32 p.m.

Travel can be safe, if you're fully vaccinated. Regardless of vaccination status, all travelers should keep taking precautions, doctors say.
All Utahns are at 'high risk' for COVID-19, Gov. Cox warns. Here's what he says they should do

All Utahns are at 'high risk' for COVID-19, Gov. Cox warns. Here's what he says they should do

Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 22 - 8:55 p.m.

305,000 Utahns have gotten a COVID-19 booster shot in the past months, and about one out of every six people in the state are fully vaccinated against the deadly virus.
Utah AG tests positive for COVID-19 as state confirms over 3K new cases since Friday

Utah AG tests positive for COVID-19 as state confirms over 3K new cases since Friday

Ashley Imlay, KSL.com  |  Updated Nov. 22 - 2:07 p.m.

On Monday, Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes's office announced he has tested positive for COVID-19 and state health officials reported more than 3,000 new COVID-19 cases since Friday. Health care workers across the state were also given a special thank-you.
Official: More than 90% of fed workers got shots by deadline

Official: More than 90% of fed workers got shots by deadline

Zeke Miller, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov. 22 - 9:41 a.m.

More than 90% of federal workers received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by Monday's deadline set by President Joe Biden.
These are the 3 lawsuits against federal vaccine mandates Utah has filed

These are the 3 lawsuits against federal vaccine mandates Utah has filed

Emily Ashcraft, KSL.com  |  Posted Nov. 21 - 7:52 p.m.

Utah has taken part in three lawsuits contesting different federal vaccination mandates, including those for federal contractors, businesses with over 100 employees, and health care workers.
All US adults qualify for COVID-19 boosters; which is best?

All US adults qualify for COVID-19 boosters; which is best?

Julie Steenhuysen, Reuters  |  Posted Nov. 21 - 6:16 p.m.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday expanded availability of COVID-19 booster shots to all American adults, hoping to preserve vaccine protection against the fast-spreading delta variant.
Canada drops molecular COVID-19 test requirement for short trips abroad

Canada drops molecular COVID-19 test requirement for short trips abroad

Brooklyn Neustaeter, CNN  |  Posted Nov. 21 - 8:00 a.m.

The federal government announced that it is lifting the molecular test requirement for travelers who have received a complete COVID-19 vaccine series when returning to Canada after less than 72 hours.
New hurdle for COVID-19 home testing: The holiday season

New hurdle for COVID-19 home testing: The holiday season

Matthew Perrone, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov. 20 - 12:15 p.m.

Millions more home tests for COVID-19 are hitting store shelves, but will there be enough for Americans hoping to screen themselves before holiday gatherings?
US opens COVID boosters to all adults, urges them for 50+

US opens COVID boosters to all adults, urges them for 50+

Lauran Neergaard, Matthew Perrone and Mike Stobbe, Associated Press  |  Updated Nov. 19 - 5:10 p.m.

The U.S. on Friday opened COVID-19 booster shots to all adults and took the extra step of urging people 50 and older to seek one, aiming to ward off a winter surge as coronavirus cases rise even before millions of Americans travel for the holidays.
Friday brings Utah 1,764 new COVID-19 cases, 17 deaths

Friday brings Utah 1,764 new COVID-19 cases, 17 deaths

Ashley Imlay, KSL.com  |  Updated Nov. 19 - 3:05 p.m.

Utah health officials reported 1,764 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, as well as 17 additional deaths.
Utah House Republican leader tests positive for COVID-19

Utah House Republican leader tests positive for COVID-19

Katie McKellar, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 19 - 2:05 p.m.

One of Utah's top legislative leaders has tested positive for COVID-19.
How did the pandemic affect student performance? Utah data is 'sobering and concerning'

How did the pandemic affect student performance? Utah data is 'sobering and concerning'

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 19 - 6:19 a.m.

Student participation rates among the various standardized tests the state uses to measure student achievement for its school accountability system dropped in 2021 compared to 2019.
Utah confirms 1,789 new COVID-19 cases; all adults now eligible for booster COVID-19 shots

Utah confirms 1,789 new COVID-19 cases; all adults now eligible for booster COVID-19 shots

Ashley Imlay, KSL.com  |  Updated Nov. 18 - 7:49 p.m.

All adults in Utah are now eligible for COVID-19 booster vaccines because all communities in the state are seeing high transmission rates of the disease, Gov. Spencer Cox announced Thursday.
US jobless claims drop 7th straight week to 268,000

US jobless claims drop 7th straight week to 268,000

Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov. 18 - 7:30 a.m.

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell for the seventh straight week to a pandemic low of 268,000.
Pfizer signs $5.3 billion COVID-19 pill deal with US government

Pfizer signs $5.3 billion COVID-19 pill deal with US government

Reuters  |  Posted Nov. 18 - 6:56 a.m.

Pfizer Inc has signed a $5.29 billion deal with the U.S. government to deliver 10 million courses of its COVID-19 oral antiviral drug starting this year, the drugmaker said on Thursday.
Utah reports 2,219 new COVID-19 cases, 13 deaths Wednesday

Utah reports 2,219 new COVID-19 cases, 13 deaths Wednesday

Ashley Imlay, KSL.com  |  Updated Nov. 17 - 4:11 p.m.

Utah health officials reported 2,219 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, as well as 13 deaths.
Lawsuits challenging US workplace vaccine or testing rule sent to 6th Circuit

Lawsuits challenging US workplace vaccine or testing rule sent to 6th Circuit

Tom Hals, Reuters  |  Posted Nov. 16 - 10:01 p.m.

A judicial panel on Tuesday consolidated 34 lawsuits challenging the Biden administration's workplace COVID-19 vaccine rule in the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, a venue favored by opponents of the rule.
Pfizer asks US officials to OK its promising COVID-19 pill

Pfizer asks US officials to OK its promising COVID-19 pill

Matthew Perrone, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov. 16 - 1:58 p.m.

Pfizer said Tuesday it is asking U.S. regulators to authorize its experimental pill for COVID-19, setting the stage for a likely launch of the promising therapy in the coming weeks.
Utah reports 1,238 new COVID-19 cases, 13 deaths Tuesday

Utah reports 1,238 new COVID-19 cases, 13 deaths Tuesday

Ashley Imlay, KSL.com  |  Updated Nov. 16 - 1:40 p.m.

Utah health officials reported 1,238 new COVID-19 cases and 13 deaths on Tuesday.
Racial disparities in kids' vaccinations are hard to track

Racial disparities in kids' vaccinations are hard to track

Annie Ma and Mike Melia, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov. 16 - 11:44 a.m.

Health systems have released little data on the racial breakdown of youth vaccinations, and community leaders fear that Black and Latino kids are falling behind.
Health officials see a high number of young kids getting COVID-19 vaccine

Health officials see a high number of young kids getting COVID-19 vaccine

Paul Nelson, KSL NewsRadio  |  Posted Nov. 16 - 10:04 a.m.

The Utah Department of Health says a lot of parents are bringing in their younger kids to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
Utah reimburses small businesses that pay workers for vaccination time off

Utah reimburses small businesses that pay workers for vaccination time off

Jed Boal, KSL-TV  |  Posted Nov. 16 - 7:48 a.m.

A new financial infusion of federal funds is now available for Utah's small businesses that have employees taking time off due to COVID-19 vaccinations. Eligible businesses can apply for that money starting Tuesday morning.
Utah joins vaccine mandate lawsuit that says Biden administration is coercing health care workers

Utah joins vaccine mandate lawsuit that says Biden administration is coercing health care workers

Dennis Romboy, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 15 - 9:30 p.m.

Utah joined a dozen states in a lawsuit Monday challenging the Biden administration's vaccine mandate for Medicare and Medicaid providers and suppliers, and asked a federal court in Louisiana to put the rule on hold.
Study finds increased rates of depression as Utah reports 4,502 COVID-19 cases, 26 deaths

Study finds increased rates of depression as Utah reports 4,502 COVID-19 cases, 26 deaths

Ashley Imlay, KSL.com  |  Updated Nov. 15 - 5:22 p.m.

Even as COVID-19 continues to show no signs of slowing in Utah, a new study has found a "very concerning" increase in depression related to the pandemic.
Coach Kim: How to handle the vaccine debate

Coach Kim: How to handle the vaccine debate

Kim Giles, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted Nov. 15 - 8:38 a.m.

Many people are experiencing conflict in their relationships due to differing opinions about COVID-19 vaccines. In this edition of LIFEadvice, Coach Kim shares ways to bridge the differences of opinion and handle conversations about vaccination.
As the Navajo Nation battled COVID-19, teachers fought to connect with traumatized students

As the Navajo Nation battled COVID-19, teachers fought to connect with traumatized students

Amy Donaldson, KSL  |  Posted Nov. 15 - 6:42 a.m.

"Distance learning" has been more difficult for the children of the Navajo Nation. The pandemic was also changing families forever in their nation.
How the Navajo Nation beat back COVID-19

How the Navajo Nation beat back COVID-19

Amy Donaldson, KSL  |  Posted Nov. 15 - 6:11 a.m.

On the Navajo Nation, more than 18 months into the COVID-19 pandemic, people are just beginning to feel like the lives they lived before the virus upended the world might be returning.
US COVID-19 numbers don't bode well for winter: 'Still a lot of human wood left for this coronavirus forest fire to burn'

US COVID-19 numbers don't bode well for winter: 'Still a lot of human wood left for this coronavirus forest fire to burn'

Maggie Fox and Deidre McPhillips, CNN  |  Posted Nov. 13 - 11:00 a.m.

The coronavirus numbers don't look so good this week. New COVID-19 diagnoses are up in about half of U.S. states over the past week. Hospitalizations are up in 11 states, and deaths have risen in 17 states.
Utah's Hogle Zoo hosting COVID-19 vaccine clinic for children

Utah's Hogle Zoo hosting COVID-19 vaccine clinic for children

Josh Ellis and Jed Boal, KSL-TV  |  Posted Nov. 12 - 9:59 p.m.

Children ages 5 to 11 can receive a COVID-19 vaccine at clinics being hosted by Utah's Hogle Zoo this weekend.
Jobs vs. jabs: Federal court upholds stay on Biden's 'sledgehammer' vaccine mandate

Jobs vs. jabs: Federal court upholds stay on Biden's 'sledgehammer' vaccine mandate

Dennis Romboy, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 12 - 8:05 p.m.

A federal appeals court late Friday upheld its stay of the Biden administration's vaccine mandate for larger businesses, saying it leaves workers with a choice between "their jobs and their jabs."
Utah's high COVID rates mean 'no room for error' going into winter, doctor says

Utah's high COVID rates mean 'no room for error' going into winter, doctor says

Ashley Imlay, KSL.com  |  Updated Nov. 12 - 1:45 p.m.

Although Utah's COVID-19 case rates remain stable, one infectious disease physician said Friday they're too high for comfort going into the holidays and colder weather.
What Utah kids say about getting the COVID-19 vaccine

What Utah kids say about getting the COVID-19 vaccine

Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 11 - 9:02 p.m.

After getting a COVID-19 shot at school earlier this week, 7-year-old Etta Bastian has some advice for other Utah children.