News Clips for April 1 & 2, 2020

University of Utah Researchers Receive Grant To Study Coronavirus

Scientists at the University of Utah recently received funding to contribute to the fight against the spread of Covid 19. “This grant is studying mucus and it’s interactions with coronaviruses," said Dr. Jessica Kramer, and you heard right. She is studying how coronaviruses interact with mucus.

University of Utah Health Chief Medical Officer answers COVID-19 questions

University of Utah Health Chief Medical Officer Tom Miller, MD answered COVID-19 questions in this week’s Facebook Live. “We’ve got a couple months to go and we’re going have to take our time and really work on the measures that make a difference,” Dr. Miller says.

These are the everyday objects to be wary of touching as the coronavirus spreads, and how to adapt

Dr. Sankar Swaminathan, chief of the Infectious Diseases Division at the University of Utah School of Medicine, told Wire Cutter that phones aren’t a big disease spreader unless they are often handed around from person to person.

How you can help: University of Utah med students are collecting masks, gloves and more

If you want to help others during the coronavirus pandemic, donate medical supplies for frontline health care workers.

Intermountain Healthcare and University of Utah Health join forces to open a COVID-19 curbside testing center in Summit County

Intermountain Healthcare and University of Utah Health are joining forces to open a COVID-19 curbside testing center in Summit County. Officials from the two say the center is being opened in response to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in Summit County and hopes to provide additional resources for curbside COVID-19 testing at the Park City Ice Arena.

Poll: Huntsman, Cox still lead governor race, but 1/3 are undecided

The same two gubernatorial candidates — former Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. and Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox — remain the front-runners in the crowded Republican field, but even more voters are undecided, according to a new Deseret News/Hinckley Institute of Politics poll.

Utah’s confirmed coronavirus cases surpass 1,000, but hospitalizations remain low, health officials say

Utah is not seeing exponential growth in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases so far, likely thanks to continued social distancing by residents, state epidemiologist Angela Dunn said Wednesday.

Because of coronavirus restrictions, this Utah dad had to watch his son’s birth on FaceTime

When his baby boy was born last month, Damon Bryan wasn’t allowed to be in the operating room with his wife, Tarah.

Drugs needed to put patients on ventilators in short supply

Drugs that are needed to keep patients on ventilators are facing shortages across the country as demand spikes, Stat reported. Drugs such as sedatives, anesthetics, painkillers and muscle relaxants are needed to manage pain and comfort levels to keep patients on ventilators.

Prehistoric forest of massive trees found buried in sea floor off Alabama, NOAA says

An ancient forest has been found “entombed” in the floor of the Gulf of Mexico off Alabama, prompting the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to orchestrate a study of the haunting site.

Broad Stage Presents Red Hen Press Poetry Hour 4/4

The Broad Stage presents the Red Hen Press Poetry Hour, a new recurring digital program, the first for both organizations, via The Broad Stage's Facebook Live. The Saturday, April 4 program at 8:00 p.m. features award-winning poet Major Jackson and guests Francesca Bell, Katharine Coles, Didi Jackson, and Douglas Kearney reading selections of their original works hosted by author Sandra Tsing Loh.