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Utah ends ‘modified quarantine,’ will not allow kids exposed to COVID-19 to attend school after all

Utah ends ‘modified quarantine,’ will not allow kids exposed to COVID-19 to attend school after all

After fierce pushback from teachers and doctors, the state has walked back its controversial guidelines for schools that would have allowed Utah students to come to class even after being directly exposed to COVID-19. The move to abandon came Thursday — just one week after it was first announced by Gov. Gary Herbert and the Utah Department of Health. Now, students who come in close contact with the contagious virus will be expected to follow “standard quarantine practices,” staying home for 14 days. And all school staff members are asked to do the same. “We’ve listened to the feedback,”...

August 6, 2020
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Logan police fire Officer Miguel Deras for showing off explicit photos of Lauren McCluskey

Logan police fire Officer Miguel Deras for showing off explicit photos of Lauren McCluskey

The Logan Police Department has fired Officer Miguel Deras after , including to a sergeant at the scene of her murder. Deras, who was working at the University of Utah at the time of the displays, and has been at the Logan department since then. The chief there, Gary Jensen, said Friday that the abuse of evidence is “inconsistent with the high expectations and standards placed upon our officers by the community.” Deras’ employment, Jensen noted in a statement, is now “ended effective immediately.” “Our continuing efforts to hold sacred the public’s trust and our duty to serve and protect...

August 7, 2020
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Utah students can still go to school after direct exposure to COVID-19, health department says

Utah students can still go to school after direct exposure to COVID-19, health department says

Editor’s note: The Salt Lake Tribune is providing free access to critical stories about the coronavirus. Sign up for , sent to your inbox every weekday morning. To support journalism like this, please or become a . Utah students will be allowed to go to school even if they’ve been directly exposed to COVID-19, Under what officials are calling “a modified quarantine,” parents will be given the choice to keep their child home or send them back to class after close contact with the contagious virus — which they can do as long as the student is not showing any symptoms and no one in their...

July 30, 2020
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Utah teachers union demands that the governor abandon his plan to reopen schools

Utah teachers union demands that the governor abandon his plan to reopen schools

View Caption The state’s largest teachers union is calling on Gov. Gary Herbert to keep Utah schools closed this fall — saying it’s too dangerous for educators and students to return The demand from (UEA) comes as districts are required to present plans for how they will reopen by week’s end. Most are offering hybrid options, where some students would come to class while others would be educated remotely. But many teachers remain concerned about their safety. “We simply cannot unnecessarily risk lives by opening schools too soon,” UEA President Heidi Matthews said Tuesday. Utah has and many...

July 28, 2020
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In packed meeting, Utah County residents protest requiring students to wear masks. Meanwhile, Salt Lake City parents rally for in-person return to school.

In packed meeting, Utah County residents protest requiring students to wear masks. Meanwhile, Salt Lake City parents rally for in-person return to school.

View Caption Provo • As she walked up to the podium to speak, one of the moms grabbed a face mask and spit her gum out into it. “It’s garbage,” she shrugged, wadding it up. “It doesn’t work anyway. Not for me and not for my kids.” A dad who spoke after her said he, too, doesn’t think the masks are effective, and said he’s pulling his kids out of school this fall if the state doesn’t Another mother carried her 4-year-old son in her arms, noting there’s no way he would keep one on in his kindergarten class — but she thinks they’re stupid anyway, regardless of age. Parent after parent followed...

July 15, 2020
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Weber State professor who sent threatening tweets to police protesters resigns — this time for real

Weber State professor who sent threatening tweets to police protesters resigns — this time for real

Weber State University Professor Scott Senjo has resigned — again — and the school says this time it will be permanent, putting an end to the investigation that started with Senjo making several threatening comments on Twitter about those involved in nationwide police protests. The university confirmed the decision Tuesday, saying that Senjo decided to be “permanently separated” from the school after resigning for a second time this month. He had , but then a few days later, hoping to stay on staff after all. Tenured professors at WSU have five business days after giving notice to change...

June 30, 2020
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Weber State professor won’t resign after all — despite tweets threatening police protesters

Weber State professor won’t resign after all — despite tweets threatening police protesters

Weber State University Professor Scott Senjo has withdrawn his resignation and will no longer be stepping down from his position — an about-face that comes after about those involved in the nationwide police protests. The school confirmed Senjo’s decision Tuesday, saying he “rescinded his resignation” in accordance with university policy. Tenured professors at Weber have five business days after giving notice to change their mind, said the school’s spokeswoman Allison Barlow Hess. “With his resignation withdrawn,” she added, “Professor Senjo returns to being on leave while Weber State...

June 16, 2020
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Private patient records accessed in cyberattack on University of Utah Health that lasted 2 months

Private patient records accessed in cyberattack on University of Utah Health that lasted 2 months

Hackers accessed private patient medical records at the University of Utah’s hospitals in a cyberattack that went unnoticed for nearly two months. The hack started April 6 and continued through May 22, said U. Health spokeswoman Kylene Metzger. When the university became aware of the scam, she added, it locked down the affected accounts. It started when several employees responded to phishing emails that appeared to be legitimate requests. Hackers were then able to gain access to their accounts. They obtained patients’ names, dates of birth, medical record numbers and some clinical care...

June 11, 2020
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Intermountain will cut pay for doctors and nurse practitioners amid coronavirus pandemic

Intermountain will cut pay for doctors and nurse practitioners amid coronavirus pandemic

Editor’s note: The Salt Lake Tribune is providing readers free access to critical local stories about the coronavirus during this time of heightened concern. See more coverage . To support journalism like this, please consider or become a . Intermountain Healthcare — the largest medical provider in the state — will cut pay for physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants during the coronavirus outbreak, which an administrator said in a message sent to staff last week is financially necessary amid “the changing needs.” The salary reduction discussion comes despite the growing...

March 30, 2020
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University of Utah will seek outside investigation of officer who displayed image of Lauren McCluskey

University of Utah will seek outside investigation of officer who displayed image of Lauren McCluskey

View Caption The University of Utah announced Monday that it will arrange for a deeper independent investigation into the actions of a former officer there who the school has confirmed saved and before she was killed. The outside review ordered by the department’s new police chief comes after disclosed the conduct of Officer Miguel Deras, who was assigned to investigate McCluskey’s extortion case in October 2018. “After personally reviewing the report today and consulting with the university’s chief safety officer, I have ordered a new investigation to be completed by an outside agency,”...

May 18, 2020
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