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Utah jails targeted for COVID-19 spread

Monte Whaley | Apr 3, 2020 | Utah

Navajo Nation struggles with more COVID-19 cases, lack of resources

Monte Whaley | Apr 1, 2020 | Arizona, Utah

A COVID-19 surge in the Navajo Nation has prompted a daily curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. and a scramble to provide enough medical equipment to handle the rising tide of patients. The number of positive tests for COVID-19 has reached a total of 174 in the Navajo Nation...[ Read More ]

Utah's Hill Air Force Base restricted to only "mission critical" personnel

Monte Whaley | Apr 1, 2020 | Utah

Only “mission essential” personnel are to report to work at Utah’s Hill Air Force Base, as officials work to prevent the COVID-19 spread at the facility. The “mission essential” order was issued Monday and is aligned with precautions taken by the Department of Defense, U.S. Air Force and local governments,...[ Read More ]

Gov. Herbet issues Executive Orders aimed at workforce and small business relief

Michael Goldberg | Mar 31, 2020 | Utah

Gov. Gary Herbert issued two new Executive Orders this week in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The first allows the state and local governments to solicit labor from retired workers to staff “critical services."  As a result, state and local entities participating in the Utah Retirement Systems (URS) can extend...[ Read More ]

Legislation goes into effect allowing patients to buy medical cannabis with recommendation letters

Michael Goldberg | Mar 27, 2020 | Utah

The Utah Department of Health (UDOH) is moving forward with changes to the Utah Medical Cannabis Program to streamline the process of accessing medical cannabis.  Following the passage of HB 425 during the 2020 session, qualifying patients who do not have a medical cannabis card but have a “recommendation letter”...[ Read More ]

Utah COVID-19 recovery plan touts local support

Monte Whaley | Mar 26, 2020 | Utah

Governor  Gary Herbert’s recovery plan to ease the economic consequences of COVID-19 in Utah calls for three different phases he hopes will quickly put the state back on sound footing in roughly 36 months. “Our highest priority is the health and welfare of Utahns,” said Herbert this week while unveiling...[ Read More ]

Dispatch from Seattle v4: On working to acceptance of the "new normal"

DJ Wilson | Mar 24, 2020 | Alaska, California, Federal, Hawaii, Oregon

Dealing with the COVID crisis definitely has a process. It's not unlike the five stages of grief, to be honest. Unless you're in NYC, if you're outside of Seattle, we're still about 2-4 weeks ahead of you. So, you may not have worked through these stages yet. Or, you may...[ Read More ]

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