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Dr. Angela Dunn, state epidemiologist from the Utah Department of Health, speaks during the daily COVID-19 coronavirus briefing Monday, April 6, 2020, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, Pool)

Coronavirus deaths at 13, Utah sets up overflow hospital

Apr. 6, 2020 8:03 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — As the number of coronavirus deaths in Utah topped a dozen, the state set up an overflow hospital Monday in case there’s a spike of severe cases that strain the health care system. Four of the latest deaths were tied to nursing homes and another was an older man, state...

Elderly woman at Utah nursing home dies of the coronavirus

Apr. 4, 2020 10:11 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An elderly woman at a nursing home in Salt Lake City has died of the coronavirus, state health officials said Saturday. The woman died Thursday, and three other patients are hospitalized, according to the state and county health departments. She was among eight people, including two...

FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2020, file photo, Republican Rep. Brady Brammer, poses for a portrait at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City. A proposal to require warning labels on pornography in Utah passed the state House on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, a move an adult-entertainment industry group called a dark day for freedom of expression. Brammer, the lawmaker behind the plan to mandate the labels about potential harm to minors, says it’s aimed at catching the “worst of the worst.”(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Porn warning labels bill becomes Utah law amid controversy

Apr. 2, 2020 8:34 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Pornography will have to come with a warning label in Utah after Gov. Gary Herbert allowed the measure to become law over protest from the adult-entertainment industry. If producers don't include a one-sentence warning label on obscene materials about potential harm to minors, they...

FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2020, file photo, Businessman Jeff Burningham speaks during a debate for Utah's 2020 gubernatorial race in Salt Lake City. Gubernatorial candidate Burningham suspended his effort to gather signatures to qualify for the primary ballot, with the Republican saying he

Utah governor candidate names Sen. Dan McCay as running mate

Apr. 2, 2020 6:07 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Gubernatorial candidate Jeff Burningham has announced he picked Republican state Sen. Dan McCay as his running mate. “Utah wants a lieutenant governor who will be a public servant for the people of Utah, someone who understands the legislative process and can help pass an...

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert shares updates during a COVID-19 pandemic press conference at the Utah State Capitol Tuesday, March 31, 2020, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, Pool)

Rent payments can be postponed, gov says as COVID toll rises

Apr. 1, 2020 8:04 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — As the number of coronavirus cases and deaths grew in Utah, the governor announced a freeze on evictions Wednesday and advocates demanded more inmates be released to prevent the spread in jails and prisons. Seven people have died, including two new deaths of people over 65, said...

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert shares updates during a COVID-19 pandemic press conference at the Utah State Capitol Tuesday, March 31, 2020, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, Pool)

Coronavirus takes life of 5th person as it spreads in Utah

Mar. 31, 2020 5:08 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A woman who was in hospice care in a long-term facility became the fifth person to die in Utah after contracting the coronavirus, health officials said Tuesday. The woman died in the Weber-Morgan County area and no one else has tested positive in connection with her, state...

Utah medical group retracts on malaria drugs for coronavirus

Mar. 30, 2020 9:47 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah medical association has rescinded a recommendation it made last week on behalf of state health officials for doctors to treat coronavirus patients using malaria drugs that medical professionals across the country have cautioned against using until more testing is done. The...

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert shares updates during a COVID-19 pandemic press conference Monday, March 30, 2020, at the Utah State Capitol, in Salt Lake City. (Scott G Winterton/Deseret News, via AP, Pool)

Utah governor signs bills involving abortions, polygamy

Mar. 30, 2020 7:09 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The governor of Utah has signed bills that place new rules on abortion providers in the state and remove the threat of jail time for polygamists. Republican Gov. Gary Herbert approved bills over the weekend that make the penalty for multiple marriages similar to a traffic ticket,...

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert shares updates during a COVID-19 pandemic press conference Monday, March 30, 2020, at the Utah State Capitol, in Salt Lake City. (Scott G Winterton/Deseret News, via AP, Pool)

Utah has 4 coronavirus deaths; Herbert says young not immune

Mar. 30, 2020 6:59 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Four people have died in Utah from complications associated with the coronavirus, state officials said Monday as they warned people to continue staying in their homes to prevent the disease from spreading and eventually sickening more people than the health care system can handle. ...

A group of kayakers practice social distancing while floating down the Greenbrier River Thursday, March 26, 2020 in Ronceverte, W.Va. Greenbrier County Health Department reported it's first COVID-19 case in the county Thursday. (Jenny Harnish/The Register-Herald via AP)

The Latest: Phuket closes land and sea entry and exit points

Mar. 30, 2020 3:07 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Trump extends stay-at-home guidelines for another 30 days....