COVID-19 Coverage

Nursing students struggle to plan amid study abroad uncertainty

Continual prevalence of COVID-19 is causing uncertainty for students in the nursing program at BYU who have a study abroad required for graduation and no answer yet as to whether the trip will happen.

Supreme Court blocks Biden’s vaccine mandate for large private companies, BYU still enforces

Starting Jan. 20 BYU is requiring attendees of indoor public events on campus to present proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to gain access to the event venue, despite the Supreme Court's recent block of President Biden's nationwide vaccine mandate..

Students respond to true-or-false survey about COVID-19 facts

The Daily Universe conducted a four-question survey through an Instagram story post and 225 BYU students voluntarily responded. The survey asked true-or-false questions regarding COVID-19 facts sourced from the CDC, UC Davis Health, WebMD and Hopkins Medicine websites.

Pandemic exacerbates mental health challenges among youth

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy released an advisory announcing a surge in mental health challenges among youth because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

BYU life science professors emphasize importance of mask-wearing, vaccinations

BYU College of Life Sciences faculty members and students emphasize the importance of masks, COVID-19 testing and vaccinations, especially with the new omicron variant.

Delayed flights caused challenges for students traveling back to campus

Over 4,550 flights were delayed or cancelled the weekend before the start of the semester because of bad weather and omicron-related staffing issues, according to the flight-tracker FlightAware. Many BYU students trying to travel back to campus were affected.

Soon-to-be graduates reflect on college life in COVID-19 era

COVID-19 has created a unique college experience for this year's April 2022 graduates. They have spent most of their education in a global pandemic which took away many typical college life experiences for them.

The omicron variant effects worldwide and nearby

Less than a week ago, omicron, the latest strain of COVID-19, was officially classified as a "variant of concern" by the World Health Organization.

COVID-19 vaccine exemption bill passed

A COVID-19 vaccine exemption bill is heading to Gov. Cox to be signed into law.

3% of Utah children are vaccinated following COVID-19 vaccine approval

Nearly 12,000 children in Utah between the ages of 5 and 11 received the COVID-19 vaccine on Monday. Approximately 3% of children in Utah are now fully vaccinated.

Vaccine Exemption Bill passed in Utah Legislature

The Utah State Legislature met in a special session sanctioned by Governor Spencer Cox to vote on a bill that contests the recent vaccine mandates put forth by the Biden Administration.

Temple Square to require vaccination for Christmas activities

For the first time since the pandemic, Temple Square is reopening to the public for Christmas. The light display will be limited due to the pandemic and continued construction on the Salt Lake Temple. Activities will include a new animated nativity, a musical presentation and a Christmas devotional hosted by the First Presidency of the Church.

BYU researchers find pandemic-related loneliness causing health issues

Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, researchers at BYU were concerned about another epidemic — loneliness.

BYU COVID-19 vaccination rate at 77%

Approximately 81.6% of BYU students and 84% of faculty and staff have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine as of Nov. 1 — meaning 82% of campus has received at least one dose. Around 77% of students, faculty and staff are fully vaccinated.

Utah children can now receive COVID-19 vaccine

Utah children are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Missionary brings first COVID-19 case to Tonga

Tonga has entered lockdown after getting its first COVID-19 case from a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on a New Zealand flight.

Intermountain Healthcare announced vaccine requirements for employees

Intermountain Healthcare announced new protocols and will be requiring all of its caregivers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Intermountain cares for hundreds of thousands of patients throughout the intermountain west with locations in Utah, Idaho, and Nevada.

Hogle Zoo lions test positive for COVID-19

Lions at the Hogle Zoo have tested positive for COVID-19.
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