News Clips for September 15, 2020

The University of Utah announces two new public safety committees

The University of Utah announced the creation of two new public safety committees Monday. According to University officials, the committees were created this month by the University of Utah Chief Safety Officer Marlon Lynch and appointed by the university President Ruth Watkins.

Poll: McAdams holds slight lead over Owens in one of country’s most competitive races

Utah’s only Democrat in Congress, Rep. Ben McAdams, holds a slight lead over Republican Burgess Owens in one of the nation’s most competitive races, according to a new Deseret News/Hinckley Institute of Politics poll released Monday.

Their Jobs May Put Black Americans at Greater COVID Risk

Many Black Americans have jobs that expose them to the new coronavirus, which may help explain why they are more likely than whites to die of COVID-19, researchers say.

U of U Health Switching To Saliva COVID-19 Tests

Teams at University of Utah Health are now primarily using saliva COVID-19 tests at five drive-thru sites instead of nasal swab kits. The saliva test was developed by ARUP Laboratories, a nonprofit enterprise of the University of Utah. The nasal swab coronavirus tests are widely considered to be uncomfortable, if not painful.

The world has an idling problem—Utah researchers are trying to fix it

In the middle of a historically active wildfire season — where large amounts of carbon dioxide, brown and black carbon and ozone are pouring into the atmosphere — the Utah Clean Cities Coalition wants to remind people that there is something they can do to help keep the air clean.

Evacuation orders lifted as wildfire burns near University of Utah

A wildfire burning near the University of Utah Monday night threatened structures and forced evacuations.

Personal toll of COVID-19: Teresa Vidal showed her sons the value of resiliency, faith

While Tom Vidal and his four brothers worried about where their cleats were and what time soccer practice started, their mother worried about how she was going to go from being a stay-at-home mom to the sole support of her family in a country she’d adopted just seven years earlier.

‘Massive undertaking’ underway as Utah’s vice presidential debate draws nearer

With Utah’s vice presidential debate just over three weeks away, the event’s organizers say they are involved in a “massive undertaking” to get the state ready to take the national stage.