Utah Public Media: New Citizen Science Program Will Use Social Media Posts To Monitor Drought In Utah

Utah Public Media: New Citizen Science Program Will Use Social Media Posts To Monitor Drought In Utah. “Through a new citizen science initiative, the Utah Climate Center will capture drought data through public observations posted on social media.”

ABC 4 Utah: 827 new cases, no new deaths, state announces new website features for school cases

ABC 4 Utah: 827 new cases, no new deaths, state announces new website features for school cases. “On Monday, Sept. 28, the Utah Department of Health reported a daily total of 827 additional cases of COVID-19 and no deaths. The state has announced new features to the state website to track what is happening in schools, you can watch the video below to see the new items. Including a new school tab with searchable case information by districts.”

KSL TV: Interactive Map Shows SARS-CoV-2 Levels In Utah Wastewater Treatment Facilities

KSL TV: Interactive Map Shows SARS-CoV-2 Levels In Utah Wastewater Treatment Facilities. “The Utah Department of Environmental Quality is offering a new tool to help track the coronavirus in the state. The DEQ’s interactive map shows the areas where SARS-CoV-2 has been detected in Utah’s wastewater. It allows users to see the recent trends on a scale ranging from ‘not detected’ to ‘present, no trend,’ to ‘decreasing’ to ‘increasing.'”

Salt Lake Tribune: Utah reports 911 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday, a new daily record

Salt Lake Tribune: Utah reports 911 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday, a new daily record. “Thursday’s tally continued an ongoing spike from this week, raising Utah’s rolling seven-day average for new cases — the metric public health officials use to gauge trends — to 661 cases per day, the highest since July 22. The average for the seven days before that was 381 per day.”

KUTV: Utah launches new website with coronavirus scoreboard

KUTV: Utah launches new website with coronavirus scoreboard. “The state of Utah now has a new website with a coronavirus scoreboard. It shows passing scores for the two key metrics, case fatality ratio and unemployment rate. Other metrics being tracked include 7-day rolling average of cases per day, ICU utilization and outbreak containment.”

Deseret News: New tool aims to connect out-of-work Utahns to job training from colleges, companies

Deseret News: New tool aims to connect out-of-work Utahns to job training from colleges, companies. “A new online tool seeks to help Utahns who lost their jobs in the pandemic connect to training that could help them find work in sectors that are hiring, like technology, manufacturing and health care. Colleges in Utah have long offered certificate and training programs. But the business and education leaders behind the SkillUpUtah initiative say they created a one-stop shop for job seekers to browse those programs and others from companies like LinkedIn and Pluralsight.”

KUTV: How are you feeling? Utah releases pandemic mental health assessment

KUTV: How are you feeling? Utah releases pandemic mental health assessment. “Utah’s Coronavirus Community Task Force says taking care of your mental health right now is just as important as looking after your physical health. The state’s Department of Human Services launched a new tool to help you do just that.”

ProPublica: Politicians and Business Interests Pushed Health Officials Aside to Control Reopening. Then Cases Exploded.

ProPublica: Politicians and Business Interests Pushed Health Officials Aside to Control Reopening. Then Cases Exploded.. “Interviews and internal emails show that Utah prioritized the health of businesses over keeping coronavirus case counts down. As case counts rise, the state will now allow indoor gatherings of up to 3,000 people.”

KUTV: New Utah Black Pages site highlights Black-owned businesses

KUTV: New Utah Black Pages site highlights Black-owned businesses. “The Utah Black Chamber is partnering with a local software company to launch a website highlighting Black businesses. [The site] officially became an active site on Wednesday. The space offers resources on how to connect with local Black-owned businesses.”

Salt Lake Tribune: In separate rallies, Utahns protest mask mandate and demand in-person classes

Salt Lake Tribune: In separate rallies, Utahns protest mask mandate and demand in-person classes. “Parent after parent followed at the Utah County commission meeting Wednesday afternoon, objecting for more than two hours to having their kids in masks even as counts of the virus continue to climb across the state, where there are more than 30,000 confirmed cases.”

Salt Lake Tribune: Utah’s coronavirus surge continues with a record-tying 676 new cases, but no new deaths reported

Salt Lake Tribune: Utah’s coronavirus surge continues with a record-tying 676 new cases, but no new deaths reported. “Utah reported 676 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, tying with its highest reported number to date. The Utah Department of Health reports there are 88 patients in ICU beds with the coronavirus — the highest number reported during the pandemic — and 68.4% of the state’s ICU beds are occupied. Thirty-six people with the disease went to hospitals Friday, bringing current hospitalizations to 193.”

Salt Lake Tribune: Utah businesses can get a ‘seal of approval’ if they commit to these steps to fight COVID-19

Salt Lake Tribune: Utah businesses can get a ‘seal of approval’ if they commit to these steps to fight COVID-19. “The Salt Lake Chamber has launched its latest strategy for making customers feel safer as they venture out to Utah businesses during the pandemic. Unveiled to the public Thursday in collaboration with the Utah Department of Health, the chamber’s Stay Safe to Stay Open campaign offers business owners a publicly visible ‘seal of approval’ if they pledge to stick with the latest health guidelines.”

Route Fifty: One State is Manufacturing Free Masks for Any Resident Who Wants One

Route Fifty: One State is Manufacturing Free Masks for Any Resident Who Wants One. “Masks aren’t mandatory in most public places in Utah. But Gov. Gary Herbert’s administration encourages people to wear them—and, since April, has provided more than a million masks to residents for free, courtesy of a public-private partnership between the state and area manufacturers.”

Utah State University: The Utah Fire Atlas Offers Land Managers a New Tool

Utah State University: The Utah Fire Atlas Offers Land Managers a New Tool. “Using the fire atlas, researchers will characterize both wildfires and prescribed fires in Utah so the data can inform land management and policy decisions that will create greater resilience to wildfires and optimize post-fire conditions. The institute is concentrating on fires from 100 to 1000 acres – a size relevant to managers considering prescribed or ‘let burn’ fires.”

ABC 4: Utah sewage study helps track spread of COVID-19

ABC 4: Utah sewage study helps track spread of COVID-19. “Coronavirus has been found in sewage, allowing the state to find it in a community before individuals are actually tested. These findings come after a pilot program the Department of Environmental Quality conducted to respond to the pandemic and protect public health. The Logan Sewage Lagoon is just one of 10 waste water treatment plants and three universities in Utah working with the DEQ for a pilot study to find coronavirus within communities.”