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Utahns won't be forced to get COVID-19 vaccine, but there may be consequences, governor says

Gov. Spencer Cox speaks during a COVID-19 briefing at the Women's Pavilion at St. Mark's Hospital in Millcreek on Tuesday. He said while Utah won't ever force you to get a vaccine if you don't want one, you should be prepared to face consequences if you remain unvaccinated. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News) SALT LAKE CITY — Gov. Spencer Cox made it clear Tuesday Utah won't be joining New York City in requiring COVID-19 vaccinations to eat inside restaurants or work out at a gym, but the state will provide N95 masks to schoolchildren under 12, who are too young to get the shots.
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Anti-Black Lives Matter letter targeting Salt Lake Valley residents

SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) — An anonymous letter had been sent to people throughout the Salt Lake Valley who have Black Lives Matter signs in their yards. The letter, which has been circulating throughout the area for at least a couple weeks, accuses homeowners of being anti-American, anti-police and encourages them to move to a communist nation.
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Bingham High students starting year online: Here’s why

SOUTH JORDAN, Utah (ABC4) – Students at Bingham High School will not be returning to classrooms right away to start the 2021-22 school year. Instead, students will have to log on to virtual classes. Bingham High is currently undergoing part of a six-year, $37,863,000 renovation project that was scheduled to...
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Nearly 2,000 people without power in West Jordan

WEST JORDAN, Utah (ABC4) – Nearly 2,000 people are currently without power in West Jordan, according to an announcement from Rocky Mountain Power. In a tweet, officials stated that 1,935 customers were a impacted by a power outage in the city Tuesday afternoon. The cause of the outage is currently...
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Recent rain has improved southern Utah’s drought monitor ranking

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — The National Weather Service (NWS) said the impact of the recent monsoon in southern Utah has been “significant.” “This has been one of the more substantial monsoon impacts any of us can remember,” the Salt Lake City NWS office wrote. 1/2 We’ve been talking a lot about the North American […]
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Are Utah businesses requiring proof of vaccination?

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – On Tuesday, Lt. Governor Deidre Henderson said she fully supports any business that chooses to require its employees to get vaccinated. “My message to business owners is Governor Cox and I support you if you decide to require your employees to be vaccinated,” Lt. Governor Deidre Henderson said.
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COVID-19 cases push Utah hospitals to 'critical levels', ICUs past capacity

SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) — Doctors and caregivers with Intermountain Healthcare addressed Utah's latest spike in COVID-19 cases which is leading to more hospitalizations, pushing ICUs to "critical levels". Intermountain reported their ICUs across the state have reached 100 percent capacity multiple times over the last several days. You can...
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Two more Utahns arrested in Capitol insurrection

Authorities have arrested two more Utahns in the Jan. 6 siege at the U.S. Capitol almost seven months after it took place. A tip from one of Janet West Buhler's acquaintances — a relative's co-worker — helped the FBI to identify her in news footage captured from inside the Capitol that day. Cellphone data confirmed she was there, according to a statement of facts supporting her arrest on Friday in Salt Lake City.
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Utah Dept. of Health recommending all K-12 students wear masks

PARK CITY, Utah — The Utah Department of Health is recommending all K-12 students wear masks indoors during the upcoming school year. Due to Utah House Bill 1007, schools cannot enact mask requirements. There are some emergency response amendments that could be enacted by state or county officials however in dire circumstances. “The majority of […]