News Clips for November 19, 2020

Study finds air pollution reduces life expectancy in Utah

Utah’s poor air quality takes a heavy toll on the state’s economy and its residents’ longevity, according to research released this week by Brigham Young University.

2020 Class of AGU Fellows Announced

Sixty-two individuals have been elected to the 2020 Class of Fellows.

When are Utah ski areas opening and what do you need to know to play during a pandemic?

Anticipation for Utah’s upcoming ski season is high, with resorts making meticulous plans during the COVID-19 pandemic to maintain safety on the mountain for visitors and employees alike.

How Can I Safely Use A Navigational Device?

Global Positioning Systems (GPSs) are invaluable tools for countless drivers. With a GPS, detailed directions are readily available. Yet, GPS devices have been linked to numerous car accidents in the United States. Between incorrect directions and distracted driving crashes, some drivers wonder if the benefits outweigh the risks of having a GPS. It is important to learn more about why GPS-related car accidents occur and steps to take to prevent them.

University of Utah students opt-in for rapid COVID-19 testing

Rapid COVID-19 test kits are available to all University of Utah students. And thousands are checking to see if they’re positive or negative. It’s been one week since the U began its rapid COVID-19 testing and U officials said more than 4,000 students have opted-in to be tested, and thousands more have their test date and time scheduled.

Utah's mask mandate, health orders will be extended through Thanksgiving

Utah's Department of Health intends to extend its public health orders that limit gatherings and impose a statewide mask mandate. During a briefing before the Utah State Legislature's Interim Health & Human Services Committee, the executive director of UDOH also outlined for lawmakers what guidance they were giving for families who wanted to get together for Thanksgiving and other holidays.

‘People are going to die’: Hospitals in half the states are facing a massive staffing shortage as Covid-19 surges

Hospitals in at least 25 states are critically short of nurses, doctors, and other staff as coronavirus cases surge across the United States, according to the industry’s trade association and a tally conducted by STAT. The situation has gotten so bad that in some places, severely ill patients have been transferred hundreds of miles for an available bed — from Texas to Arizona, and from central Missouri to Iowa.