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FILE - In this Oct. 21, 2020, file photo, Exam Corp Lab employee, right, wears a mask as she talks with a patient lined up for COVID-19 testing in Niles, Ill. The United States is approaching a record for the number of new daily coronavirus cases in the latest ominous sign about the disease's grip on the nation. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

Some hospitals in crisis as US nears high for COVID-19 cases

Oct. 23, 2020 8:21 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The United States is approaching a record for the number of new daily coronavirus cases in the latest ominous sign about the disease’s grip on the nation, as states from Connecticut to the Rocky Mountain West reel under the surge. The impact is being felt in every section of the...

Salt Lake County Health Department public health nurse Lee Cherie Booth performs a coronavirus test outside the Salt Lake County Health Department Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Salt Lake City. Utah hit another ominous record by tallying the highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases in a single day as the state struggles to slow a monthlong surge of COVID-19 that is filling intensive care beds at hospitals. Gov. Gary Herbert warned in a statement that the state is

Utah 'on the brink" after record day for COVID-19 cases

Oct. 23, 2020 6:37 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah hit another ominous record Friday by tallying the highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases in a single day as the state struggles to slow a monthlong surge of COVID-19 that is filling intensive care beds at hospitals. After the state reported confirmed 1,960 cases, Gov. Gary...

Utah Legislature to use COVID-19 rapid testing for lawmakers

Oct. 23, 2020 4:21 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Lawmakers in Utah have added safety precautions in preparation to hold the 2021 Legislative session in-person, which is set to begin in January. House of Representatives and Senate leaders plan to implement daily, rapid testing for lawmakers and staffers physically in the chambers...

Utah senator: Public can stay home to avoid police dog bites

Oct. 21, 2020 4:42 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah senator made clear he has little patience for complaints about police dogs during a meeting of the state Legislature's law enforcement and criminal justice committee. The committee voted Tuesday to explore a bill to codify best practices for police dog teams, The Salt Lake...

Utah rivals in governor's race unite in call for decency

Oct. 20, 2020 5:29 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Rival candidates vying to become Utah's next governor joined together in new ads Tuesday urging people to accept the results of the November elections and maintain decency with one another despite political differences. Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, a Republican who is the heavy favorite to...

Utah committee approves bill changing steps to rename places

Oct. 20, 2020 12:47 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A legislative committee in Utah has approved legislation that seeks to streamline the federal process for changing geographic names statewide that contain language derogatory to Native Americans. The draft bill would allow the Utah Division of Indian Affairs to work with the state...

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert walks through the Capitol rotunda to a COVID-19 briefing Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Hospital over capacity in 'unsustainable' coronavirus spike

Oct. 16, 2020 5:21 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — One of Utah’s largest hospitals had no beds left Friday in its regular intensive-care unit as the governor declared the state's weekslong spike in coronavirus cases “unsustainable." The University of Utah Health had to set up extra ICU beds staffed by doctors and nurses...

House candidate from Utah tested positive for COVID-19

Oct. 16, 2020 3:30 PM EDT

OGDEN, Utah (AP) — The Republican House candidate for northern Utah's 1st congressional district tested positive on Oct. 7 for the coronavirus. Blake Moore and Darren Parry, a Democrat, will face off in the Nov. 3 election in the Republican-leaning district. The seat opened when the incumbent U.S. Rep. Rob...

Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, looks on during a news conference Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, near Neffs Canyon, in Salt Lake City. Romney announced legislation to establish a national wildfire commission that would make policy recommendations aimed at diminishing future wildfire disasters. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Mitt Romney calls for US commission to deal with wildfires

Oct. 15, 2020 5:58 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah announced legislation Thursday to establish a national commission focused on diminishing future wildfire disasters. The proposed commission would study and recommend fire mitigation policies to Congress, including forest management tactics and federal...

Family members of inmates incarcerated in the Utah Department of Corrections' prison system hold candles and say a prayer following a rally outside the Department of Corrections office in Draper on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020.  The families of inmates in the Utah State Prison gathered outside the state Department of Corrections headquarters Tuesday to protest the handling of a coronavirus outbreak at the facility and call for improved safety measures. (Steve Griffin/The Deseret News via AP)

278 Utah inmates contract COVID-19; families host protest

Oct. 14, 2020 5:45 PM EDT

DRAPER, Utah (AP) — The families of inmates in the Utah State Prison gathered outside the state Department of Corrections headquarters Tuesday to protest the handling of a coronavirus outbreak at the facility and call for improved safety measures. “No matter the mistakes they have made on this...