COVID-19 Coverage

BYU announces changing COVID-19 restrictions

BYU announced changing COVID-19 restrictions through an Instagram post on May 17. Masks will no longer be required in certain areas, events no longer require extra approval and limited travel is now available.

BYU says no to millions in new COVID relief funds for students, university

BYU is eligible for $88,556,823 in federal COVID aid — at least $44,336,287 of which would be required to go directly to students if BYU chooses to accept the funding.

COVID-19 creates unique pandemic weddings

Many young couples planning to be married in Utah during this last year faced with challenging circumstances because of COVID-19. However, each couple interviewed in this article had something unique at their wedding and said they would change very little about their pandemic weddings.

BYU announces phased return to campus for employees

BYU announced a phased return for employees to work on campus and anticipates a traditional fall semester.

BYU not concerned over COVID-19 testing decrease but encourages vigilance

Utah has seen a steady decrease in people getting tested for COVID-19 over the past three months. BYU officials said they are not concerned about the decrease in the number of tests on campus but are looking forward to wider vaccine distribution.

Missionaries encouraged to receive COVID-19 vaccine

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is encouraging all missionaries and prospective missionaries to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.Young missionaries in the U.S. who will travel to a mission outside their home country on or after Aug. 1, 2021 should be vaccinated before traveling, according to the April 23 news release.

Virus simulation results show BYU pandemic-related policies are effective

An Operation Outbreak virus simulation found that BYU pandemic-related policies helped slow transmission of a virtual "virus."

COVID-19 has created unique social challenges for international students

Adjusting to a new culture can be hard, on top of that the pandemic has affected international students because they cannot meet with other students and show their heritage.

International students at BYU find new hope with Biden’s immigrant-friendly policies

International students that were adversely affected by the pandemic and some decisions made by the Trump administration have found new hope of completing their education in the U.S. with President Joe Biden and his immigration-friendly policies.

Will wards continue live-stream meetings beyond pandemic?

Local leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are undecided on whether meetings will continue to be livestreamed to accommodate the sick and disabled members of their congregations.

Delta lifting restrictions

https://youtu.be/PfK6QoeWao8If you’re a frequent flyer, you can expect to see some changes on Delta airlines.On May 1, the airline will begin booking middle seats...

Utah company develops first fully FDA-authorized COVID-19 test

A biotech company from Utah has developed the first COVID-19 test to be fully authorized for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Church historic sites offer virtual tours to thousands worldwide

Missionaries at Church historic sites are offering guided virtual tours for thousands of viewers across the world in compliance with COVID-19 restrictions.

14 Utah temples to open baptistry, 7 temples move to Phase 3

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced 39 temples will open their baptistries as part of Phase 2-B, including 14 in Utah, and seven temples will enter Phase 3 during the month of April.

Non-profit helps communities provide resources to those struggling during pandemic

Intellihelp aims to help those who have been affected negatively by COVID-19 by connecting members of the community to each other in providing necessary resources.

Couples struggle to schedule temple dates, plan weddings

COVID-19 temple restrictions have caused Latter-day Saint couples to struggle in securing dates for temple sealings and endowments, creating wedding planning difficulties.

Hate crimes against Asian

Hate crimes against Asian descents around the U.S. are under the spotlight since the Atlanta shooting.According to Statista, anti-Asian hate crimes increased 150% from...

How BYU students can sign up for COVID-19 vaccinations

BYU students can make COVID-19 vaccination appointments starting today after Utah Gov. Spencer Cox's announcement last week.
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