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.”

Salt Lake Tribune: Former public health lab director says she was demoted after voicing concern about TestUtah

Salt Lake Tribune: Former public health lab director says she was demoted after voicing concern about TestUtah. “The director of Utah’s public health lab says state officials stripped her of her position Monday because of her unwillingness to send coronavirus test samples to TestUtah’s hospital lab — which has been deemed “not in compliance” with federal certification guidelines.”

Salt Lake Tribune: Utah Farm Bureau helps deliver 500 live sheep, 16,000 pounds of lamb to the Navajo Nation

Salt Lake Tribune: Utah Farm Bureau helps deliver 500 live sheep, 16,000 pounds of lamb to the Navajo Nation. “Looking at the twin problems of food insecurity caused by the economic crises and a drop in market demand for food products, a coalition of groups including the Utah Farm Bureau formed Farmers Feeding Utah, a new effort designed to address both issues at once. In less than three weeks, the initiative raised enough money, mostly from grassroots donors, to pursue its first project: purchasing 16,000 pounds of lamb and 500 live sheep from Utah ranchers and donating them to families on the Navajo Nation.”

Daily Herald: 2 Utah County businesses told staff to ignore COVID-19 guidelines, resulting in 68 positive cases

Daily Herald: 2 Utah County businesses told staff to ignore COVID-19 guidelines, resulting in 68 positive cases. “Nearly half of the employees of a Utah County business tested positive for COVID-19 after the business instructed employees to not follow quarantine guidelines and required staff who had tested positive to report to work, according to a written statement from county executives.”

Salt Lake Tribune: A state investigator said Utah’s plan for malaria drugs may violate the law, but then her supervisor stepped in

Salt Lake Tribune: A state investigator said Utah’s plan for malaria drugs may violate the law, but then her supervisor stepped in. “A Utah regulator alerted a Draper pharmacist that his plan to sell the state massive quantities of malaria drugs to treat COVID-19 patients likely violated the law. In a mid-April phone call, she urged him to abandon his plan. By that time, Utah officials had already shelled out $800,000 in public funds to buy the drugs, apparently without confronting some of the legal concerns.”