News Clips for July 1, 2020

COVID-19 Causes Blood-Clotting Cells to Go Into Overdrive

Changes in blood platelets triggered by COVID-19 could contribute to the onset of heart attacks, strokes, and other serious complications in some patients who have the disease, according to University of Utah Health scientists. The researchers found that inflammatory proteins produced during infection significantly alter the function of platelets, making them “hyperactive” and more prone to form dangerous and potentially deadly blood clots.

Pregnant During the Pandemic: How Does COVID-19 Affect Expecting Women and Their Babies?

Developing fetuses in the womb can be incredibly sensitive to both stressful environments and toxic assaults on their mother’s health. Infections with viruses like Zika or varicella, the culprit behind chickenpox, can cause serious birth defects — and lead to devastating cognitive difficulties and visual impairment. But will exposure to COVID-19 wreak the same kind of havoc on pregnant moms and their unborn babies?

Pacific islanders in Utah facing heightened virus impact

The coronavirus outbreak has disproportionately impacted Pacific Islanders and Native Hawaiians living in Utah, state data indicate.

LDS Church says pandemic response is its largest humanitarian effort ever

Truckloads of food and millions of masks to help communities grappling with the coronavirus have added up to what The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Tuesday called the largest humanitarian effort in its history.

As Utah tops 200 patients hospitalized for COVID-19, doctors warn that hospitals are approaching capacity

Who’s getting hospitalized for COVID-19 in Utah? It’s not who you might think.

As survey says students still don’t trust its officers, University of Utah announces overhaul of police department

The University of Utah will overhaul its troubled police department — requiring more public reporting of misconduct, hiring a new command staff to oversee officers and devoting a division to victim services with a special focus on sexual violence.

Utah Restructures Public Safety Dept. After 2018 Failures

The University of Utah has restructured its Department of Public Safety by reducing the chief of police's oversight over various safety services, such as emergency management and campus security, which will now fall under the leadership of the university's new chief safety officer, a June 27 university press release said.

This Utah Police Chief Was Promoted Even After His Racist Posts Were Exposed. Now Residents Want Him Out.

When Brandon Sicilia was named the police chief of Price City last July, some residents of the small Utah town were “horrified.” While the 47-year-old law enforcement official had spent over two decades serving the Carbon County city of 8,715 residents, he also had a history of posting vile, racist comments on Facebook.