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How the coronavirus spreads in those everyday places we visit

How the coronavirus spreads in those everyday places we visit

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 . It hasn’t even been five months since health officials in Wuhan, China, reported unusual pneumonia cases to the World Health Organization. But those five months have been the most active in the history of epidemiology. Since that report, we’ve learned so much about the coronavirus. One of the most important lessons? How the disease is spread. In particular, so-called...

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Utah woman sues employer she claims ‘recklessly’ exposed her to coronavirus

Utah woman sues employer she claims ‘recklessly’ exposed her to coronavirus

On April 8, Juana Victoria Flores emailed a human resources official at Built Bar, an American Fork based company that manufactures and distributes nutritional supplements. She was concerned about the number of people who had fallen ill on the production lines where she worked amid rumors that some employees there had contracted the coronavirus. And she wanted a professional company brought in to clean up or fumigate the building. “I am really concerned,” Flores wrote. The next day, she developed a cough — possibly the first symptom of her eventual diagnosis of COVID-19 less than a week...

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Jerry Sloan, the Utah Jazz’s Hall of Fame coach and beloved Beehive State icon, dies at 78

Jerry Sloan, the Utah Jazz’s Hall of Fame coach and beloved Beehive State icon, dies at 78

Jerry Sloan was seemingly a man of contradictions. On the one hand, a legendary NBA coach known for his intense, no-nonsense demeanor and a fierce competitive streak, to say nothing of his frequent foul-mouthed rage toward referees; on the other, though, a simple, humble farmer with an affinity for antique stores, yard sales, and vintage tractors, decked out in overalls and a grimy John Deere ballcap, and secretly possessed of a sweet and tender side. And yet, those who knew him best say there was never really any contradiction at all, that with Sloan, you always knew what you were going to...

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LDS Church stock riches drop by $8 billion as it sells Exxon shares, buys Zoom

LDS Church stock riches drop by $8 billion as it sells Exxon shares, buys Zoom

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ largest investment fund plunged by 21% in the first quarter of 2020 as stock managers reallocated the multibillion-dollar portfolio amid the slumping coronavirus economy. By comparison, the Dow Jones Industrial Average declined about 23% over the same time period. Ensign Peak Advisors, the investment arm of the Salt Lake City-based faith, reported to federal regulators that the value of its stock holdings fell by $8.1 billion, to $29.7 billion, during that three-month span. This stock account appears to represent a large chunk of the total...

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Lauren McCluskey’s parents did not reach a settlement with the University of Utah during mediation this week

Lauren McCluskey’s parents did not reach a settlement with the University of Utah during mediation this week

, the parents of slain track star Lauren McCluskey did not reach a settlement with the University of Utah over their $56 million lawsuit alleging the school could have done more to protect their daughter. Jim McConkie, the attorney representing the McCluskeys, described the talks as frank and open but ultimately “unsuccessful.” “We understand better now what the issues are,” he added Wednesday evening. And “while Jill and Matt McCluskey continue to be disappointed in the University of Utah, they are always willing to discuss and work through differences in the future.” Now that the talks,...

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Kaysville chases away COVID-19 protest concert with threats of turning on sprinklers, and cutting power

Kaysville chases away COVID-19 protest concert with threats of turning on sprinklers, and cutting power

The Kaysville City Council — in a revolt against Mayor Katie Witt — was considering turning on sprinklers and cutting power to a city park to stop . Word about these possible city actions was enough Thursday to chase away the May 30 concert, featuring country star , which now will move to the Studio Ranch Amphitheater near Grantsville. “The city of Kaysville is really, really confused internally,” concert organizer Eric Moutsos said in explaining the decision to move. “We were invited by the mayor. The City Council knew, and now they’re wanting to turn sprinklers on us to ruin our...

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Kaysville City Council revolts against mayor for openly defying COVID-19 restrictions

Kaysville City Council revolts against mayor for openly defying COVID-19 restrictions

The Kaysville City Council is revolting against Mayor Katie Witt — who also is running for Congress in the 1st District — for featuring country music star Collin Raye. The council is poised to pass a resolution on Thursday to disavow her actions and make clear that any concert will be an unsanctioned protest proceeding without official city permission. Also, state Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, called Monday for Witt’s resignation, as did the left-leaning watchdog group Alliance for a Better Utah. Both denounced Witt’s action as political grandstanding, as did her GOP congressional...

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By Lee Davidson
May 18
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Logan police will investigate officer who showed off explicit photos of Lauren McCluskey

Logan police will investigate officer who showed off explicit photos of Lauren McCluskey

The Logan Police Department has announced that it will investigate Officer Miguel Deras, who is accused of showing off explicit photos of while he was supposed to be investigating her extortion case at his previous job with the University of Utah. In a statement Sunday evening, the department said it didn’t know about the incident prior to hiring Deras last year and “We are very concerned about this allegation and are starting our own internal investigation to determine the facts,” the statement read. “At the end of the investigation we will take whatever action is appropriate based on the...

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May 17
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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,”...

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May 18
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Kaysville’s mayor, a Utah congressional candidate, openly defies state COVID-19 orders

Kaysville’s mayor, a Utah congressional candidate, openly defies state COVID-19 orders

Republican Kaysville Mayor Katie Witt — who is running for Congress in Utah’s 1st District — is openly defying the state’s COVID-19 restrictions by allowing a protest group to hold an outdoor concert by country music star Collin Raye on May 30 in a city park. “It does violate state directives,” she said in an interview. “I believe I need to support people’s First Amendment Rights. I am clearing space for them and allowing them to exercise their First Amendment rights in a safe and responsible way.” The state is shifting its directives in Davis County from moderate “orange” to low risk...

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By Lee Davidson
May 14
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TestUtah declines to join other Utah labs in accuracy check

TestUtah declines to join other Utah labs in accuracy check

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 . Amid , the statewide testing operation declined to join other major Utah labs in a joint experiment to confirm one another’s quality. Instead, the TestUtah companies agreed to a less-sophisticated “compromise” experiment to compare results with the state lab, said state epidemiologist Dr. Angela Dunn. “This is a quick and dirty way to learn whether there is a difference,” she...

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May 14
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From the start, team of Utah business execs planned how to screen, test and distribute malaria drug for COVID-19

From the start, team of Utah business execs planned how to screen, test and distribute malaria drug for COVID-19

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 . As and related efforts to distribute a controversial drug have come under scrutiny, Utah that the screening website — from its questions to which patients are referred for COVID-19 testing — has operated entirely under the direction of the state Department of Health. That is not the case, said Dr. Marc Babitz, the only Utah Department of Health (UDOH) official who has been in...

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May 13
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Ivy Farguheson: The risk of running while black or brown

Ivy Farguheson: The risk of running while black or brown

As I was running through Sugar House Park recently, I wondered if anyone had heard of . Back in late February, Arbery, a 25-year-old black man, was killed by two white men in Brunswick, Ga., men who thought he was a suspect in a crime. He was not, but that possibility did not cross their minds. This error caused a bullet to enter the body of the 25-year-old who was doing nothing more than what I do five days a week in Salt Lake City. When he told his mother he was going out for a run — in what was probably the manner in which I tell my husband I’m doing the same — he spoke his last words to...

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By Ivy Farguheson | Special to The Tribune
May 8
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Bagley Cartoon: Big Brother Blues

Bagley Cartoon: Big Brother Blues

This Pat Bagley cartoon appears in The Salt Lake Tribune on Wednesday, April 29, 2020. You can check out the past 10 Bagley editorial cartoons below: Want more Bagley? Become a fan on sltrib.com © 1996-2020 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved.

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By Pat Bagley
Apr 28
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Lauren Merkley: Give every Utah student a P for pandemic

Lauren Merkley: Give every Utah student a P for pandemic

This year, every Utah teacher passes Go. The State Board of Education has granted us every grace imaginable: They’ve waived year-end tests, teacher evaluations, school grades, even the 180-day requirement. Students, too, enjoy reprieve in the , some of which promote grades of P (pass) and I (incomplete) as the cure for their pandemic distress. However, these policies are no panacea. While the word “incomplete” may smack of mercy — giving kids more time! — in reality, incompletes compound failure among the already vulnerable. This is why every teacher should give every student a passing...

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By Lauren Merkley | Special to The Tribune
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University of Utah terminates its contract with Banjo

University of Utah terminates its contract with Banjo

The University of Utah will officially stop doing business with Banjo by the end of the month. In a letter sent to the surveillance company, the U.'s chief safety officer demanded the return of all documents and data sent to Banjo. The university was part of . State agencies and local governments quickly began suspending business with Banjo when and was the getaway driver in a synagogue shooting. Banjo ingested social media posts, traffic cameras, 911 calls and other data to detect events like car crashes and other disasters. But some people raised alarms about the company months before...

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By Leia Larsen
May 7
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Hollywood trade paper asks if Sundance festival was an early COVID-19 hotspot

Hollywood trade paper asks if Sundance festival was an early COVID-19 hotspot

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 . What if the “festival flu” at this year’s Sundance Film Festival — that annual mix of altitude sickness, cold weather, sleep deprivation and endless cocktail parties that leaves movie lovers feeling sick when they get home from Park City — was something else? What if it was COVID-19? That’s the alarming question raised by the movie trade publication The Hollywood Reporter on...

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By Sean P. Means
May 6
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Isaac Reese: University of Utah must sever all ties with Banjo surveillance

Isaac Reese: University of Utah must sever all ties with Banjo surveillance

The University of Utah has recently suspended its relationship with the Utah surveillance tech company, Banjo, which was founded and led by a . Banjo has been collecting data and conducting mass surveillance on Utahns across the state including on the University of Utah’s campus. I am a student at the U. and I am concerned about the data has been shared with Banjo by the university. This is a fundamental breach of trust and safety as I was unaware, like most students, that the university was sharing critical safety and personal information – information that can be traced back to students....

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By Isaac Reese | Special to The Tribune
May 6
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Reed Galen: Rage-tweeting is not what we need from our president

Reed Galen: Rage-tweeting is not what we need from our president

Around 1 a.m. Eastern time Tuesday, President Donald Trump tweeted four times about , a group of which I am a founder. Our crime, producing an ad called produced in the style of a commercial of a dating back to Ronald Reagan’s 1984 reelection campaign. The ad is not uplifting. It does not predict a better future for Americans. In fact, it asserts that another four years of Donald Trump in the White House would spell the end of the United States as most of us have known it for decades. While the coronavirus did not start here, Trump’s inability and unwillingness to heed warnings, listen to...

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By Reed Galen | Special to The Tribune
May 5
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Robert Gehrke: Utah should have hit pause on Banjo even before we learned of its CEO’s ties to white supremacists

Robert Gehrke: Utah should have hit pause on Banjo even before we learned of its CEO’s ties to white supremacists

Given how much information Banjo, the gigantic data-sucking company, had access to, they should have seen it coming. The rest of us were surprised to learn, however, that the founder and CEO of the company, Damien Patton had, as a teenager, . Even though Patton’s statement in reaction to the news stories seemed remarkably contrite and apologetic, it’s not a good look for a tech company CEO, especially for a company that is given access to vast amounts of Utah’s sensitive information with a mission to get first responders to crimes or emergencies faster. The state of Utah, local governments...

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By Robert Gehrke
May 6
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Utah governor signs bill shielding businesses, property owners from coronavirus-related suits

Utah governor signs bill shielding businesses, property owners from coronavirus-related suits

, shuttered Utah restaurants, gyms and malls can now operate without fear of lawsuits brought forward by people exposed to the coronavirus on their property. Gov. Gary Herbert signed legislation Monday . Sen. Kirk Cullimore, the bill’s sponsor, posited the measure as a way to help kick-start the economy by easing fear for business owners of facing a “frivolous” negligence lawsuit from their patrons or employees. But critics see it as a “get out of liability free card” that panders to special interests, hurts the most vulnerable and could disincentivize property owners and businesses from...

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By Taylor Stevens
May 4
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Banjo had a contract to collect coronavirus data from Intermountain Healthcare

Banjo had a contract to collect coronavirus data from Intermountain Healthcare

Surveillance technology company Banjo had struck a deal with Intermountain Healthcare to track data about the pandemic and patients infected with the coronavirus. But like its contracts with cities, the University of Utah and the state of Utah, this one got suspended after and was the getaway driver in a shooting of a synagogue. In a draft contract obtained by The Salt Lake Tribune, the health care provider agreed to send Banjo information about available beds, ventilators and negative pressure areas as well as the number of infected outpatients, inpatients, intensive care unit patients and...

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By Leia Larsen
May 3
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Utah tech CEO behind TestUtah showed early interest in malaria drugs

Utah tech CEO behind TestUtah showed early interest in malaria drugs

Seven weeks ago, as the coronavirus began to spread in Utah, the CEO of an Orem software company called on his colleagues in the tech sector to save the state’s health care industry from itself. Otherwise, he warned, squabbling among hospitals, labs and insurance companies would hamper the response to the pandemic. “Let’s solve it,” Nomi Health CEO Mark Newman wrote in an email to other tech entrepreneurs. “We pay for it. We pay manufacturers of tests. Labs and pharmacies directly for testing + med packs for our employees and families. No noise. On top of that like Tom’s shoes we match each...

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By Bethany Rodgers
May 2
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Utah national parks prepare to reopen, but don’t expect a normal park experience

Utah national parks prepare to reopen, but don’t expect a normal park experience

Bryce Canyon, Utah’s last national park to close as the coronavirus swept the nation, is poised to be the first to resume operations May 6 even as new infections climb in other parts of the state. For the time being, of the high-elevation park and services will be all but nonexistent. “We shy away from saying ‘reopening’ because people won’t be able to experience the parks the way they have in the past,” said National Park Service spokeswoman Vanessa Lacayo. Acting on a directive from President Donald Trump, the National Park Service is looking to open its shuttered parks and other...

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May 1
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Sen. Mitt Romney proposes ‘Patriot Pay’ to give essential workers a $12 per hour raise

Sen. Mitt Romney proposes ‘Patriot Pay’ to give essential workers a $12 per hour raise

Washington • Sen. Mitt Romney is pitching the idea of “Patriot Pay” for frontline workers, an idea that would offer an incentive to businesses to pay employees an additional $12 per hour through July. The Utah Republican says the proposal would help offset a concern that some people would benefit more from staying on the unemployment rolls — given Congress has augmented that pay in the near-term — and compensate essential workers, like those in grocery stores, the trucking industry and medical device manufacturers, for continuing to go to work during the coronavirus pandemic. “The idea of...

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