News Clips for April 23-27, 2020

Guest opinion: Why research universities matter

COVID-19 has disrupted nearly every aspect of life as we know it, from education to the economy, work and worship, families and friends. As individuals, families and communities, we share the hope that we will soon have effective treatments for, and ultimately prevention of, this disease so the people who matter most to us can resume their lives and thrive.

RSL and U of U med students need help getting PPE for hard-hit Navajo Nation

If you want to help medical professionals fighting COVID-19, you can take donations to Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy on Saturday and Sunday between noon and 4 p.m.


Lions, tigers, and xenomorphs — oh my! The worlds of biology, paleontology, and genre (fantasy, horror, and sci-fi) often overlap. Inspiration from real life makes for fantastical creations, and then those imaginative elements are found back in nature, continuing the cycle. That means plenty of animals, from giant dinosaurs to microscopic organisms, owe their names to some of the best genre fiction the world has to offer.

‘For black folks, it’s like a setup: Are you trying to kill us?’

Sheryl Means already has lost so much to the invisible virus burning through her hometown. Her mother and her aunt died within days of each other. Her sister has been on a ventilator for weeks in a hospital miles away, and there are no visitors allowed in the covid-19 isolation unit. She has this tightness in her chest, and she’s scared she might be next.

The University of Utah library wants you! … to share coronavirus history being made at your house

You’re a part of history. That might be hard for people observing stay-at-home orders, taking care of kids and trying to work remotely to comprehend. But it’s true.

The University of Utah is open for virtual visits with COVID-19

This afternoon in the ABC4 backyard we are talking with Dr. Eric Wood from the University of Utah Occupational Medicine Clinic. The Occupational Medicine Clinics specialize in getting the injured worker back to a healthy and productive life in a timely manner.

Governor's Office Probes Company At Center Of COVID-19 Treatment

Gov. Gary Herbert’s legal team is reviewing whether the compounding pharmacy from which the state of Utah purchased a controversial anti-malaria drug to treat COVID-19 ever had state and federal approval to mass produce the medication, the governor’s office said Friday.

Utah is first state to waive the bar exam for law school grads amid COVID-19

The Utah Supreme Court made an unprecedented decision this week by allowing graduating law students to skip the bar exam because of the coronavirus outbreak.

COVID-19: Volunteers sew, deliver the first 1 million masks for Utah health care workers

Volunteers returned Saturday with about 1 million medical-grade masks they sewed for Utah’s health care workers during the first week of ProjectProtect, a pandemic-related effort to produce 5 million masks in five weeks.

Poll: Utahns split over McAdams’ reelection, but 2/3 unsure about Republican pick

Just over a third of voters in Utah’s 4th Congressional District say they’d give the state’s only Democrat in Congress, Rep. Ben McAdams, a second term in office — but slightly fewer are ready to vote for a Republican, according to a new Deseret News/Hinckley Institute poll.

COVID-19 unlikely to spread through sex, Utah researchers say

Utah reported two more deaths in patients who had COVID-19, bringing the state’s death toll to 41, officials confirmed Saturday. The latest fatalities include a Salt Lake County resident and a Washington County resident, marking the second death to occur in southern Utah, the Utah Department of Health said.

Volunteers of all stripes—and sizes—help arm health care workers with critical gear

L3Harris Technologies’ President of Broadband Communications Systems Dan Gelston is used to overseeing the production of tools that help uniformed personnel do their jobs on the battlefield.