COVID-19 Coverage

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.

Health and human services committee discuss treatment for COVID-19

On Wednesday morning, the health and human services committee met to hear an update from the department of health on monoclonal antibodies: a life-saving treatment option for patients with COVID-19. 

A timeline of COVID-19 events in the Church

A timeline of events in the Church that occurred during and because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 causes boom in weddings

Planning a wedding can be stressful, but add on a global pandemic and you're in for a real treat. COVID-19 has had its effects on every industry in the world, but one industry in particular that has been dramatically affected is the wedding industry.

Deaf people struggle to communicate with masks

For many deaf people, communicating in a hearing world has always been a struggle and masks have made communication a lot harder. When deaf people are communicating with those who can't sign, some rely on lip reading. Masking up can leave members of the deaf community without a method of communication because they can't see what someone is saying.

BYU COVID-19 vaccination rate at 76%

The latest COVID-19 vaccination update from BYU shows 76.55% of campus is fully vaccinated, but how does that compare to other Utah universities and Church Educational System schools?

BYU Dining begins to recover from staffing shortages

Businesses all over the world are still seeing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Fall Semester has been back in session for well over a month now, but this week marks the first week of the semester that all restaurants were open in the Cougareat. If you've been on campus, you've probably noticed that many of the popular restaurants have been closed or that the vending machines are missing your favorite snacks.

Gov. Cox announces ‘test to travel’ program

There is now a dedicated site for travelers who need to get tested for COVID-19 before leaving on a trip.
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