News Clips for December 1, 2020

Is Utah seeing a decline in COVID-19 cases?

Although last week brought Utah lower COVID-19 case counts and a reduced positivity rate, residents’ choices on Thanksgiving will determine whether the trend continues, hospital officials said Monday.

PM News Brief: Police Alternatives, Davis County Jail & Missing Monolith

Utah social justice groups urged people to consider whether calling law enforcement would make a situation more or less safe for those involved during a recent panel discussion. Tayler Bseiso, a peer health educator with the University of Utah, said people should be mindful of a person’s identity, like their race, when deciding if they should call the police.

U of Utah Health names new biomedical informatics chair: 3 things to know

University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City appointed Yves Lussier, MD, as biomedical informatics chair, effective Feb. 1.

Statewide mask mandates stimulate the economy, study suggests

A recent study conducted by the University of Utah found that statewide mask mandates were better for the economy than mask mandates issued and enforced at the local level.

Hospitals brace for COVID-19 surge

The University of Utah’s hospital has two extra teams taking care of COVID-19 patients in the ICU.

Utah pauses pilot program to restart jury trials in 2 courthouses

Utah’s court system has called off its tentative plan to hold some jury trials with boosted safety precautions in December, citing a statewide COVID-19 spike.

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Air pollution spikes linked to lower test scores for Salt Lake County third graders

More frequent exposure to air pollution spikes were associated with reduced test scores for third graders in Salt Lake County. Schools with a higher proportion of students of color and from households experiencing poverty were exposed to more peak pollution days than were schools serving middle- to upper- class and predominately white students.