News Clips for September 16, 2020

Population Density Does Not Doom Cities to Pandemic Dangers

Crowding, connections among communities and other factors seem to better explain infection and mortality rates.

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. “There are a lot of theories why Blacks are dying at higher rates than other races during this pandemic,” said study co-author Fares Qeadan, a biostatistician at the University of Utah.

Magnetic leaves could see trees used as low-cost air quality monitors

Advances in technology have allowed for some high-tech ways to monitor air quality, from satellites that orbit the Earth to art installations that light up when pollutants are low. Scientists at the University of Utah have come up with a relatively low-tech solution, demonstrating how the buildup of magnetic particles on tree leaves can be used to gauge the quality of the surrounding air.

U Of U Health Announces Free Support Groups To Help With COVID-19 Grief, Anxiety & Depression

Many families are dealing with the loss of loved ones to COVID-19 during an unprecedented time in U.S. history, and many who survive are leaving the hospital with health complications or emotional struggles.

Two new public safety committees at the U created as a result of ‘community feedback’

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.

Economic development is paying off for Utah — our defense industry proves it

Utah’s aerospace and defense industry plays a vital role in our state’s economy. The aerospace industry accounts for approximately 944 different businesses, with more than 31,390 jobs. It’s projected to grow by 2% per year over the next decade.

Utah’s mental health crisis hotline getting a lot of calls, but some require in-person outreach

More and more people are calling Utah’s Mental Health Crisis Hotline lately. “We’ve seen quite a bit of increase, especially with school returning and with all of the other concerns that are happening within our community,” said Amanda McNab, a clinical staff development educator for University of Utah Health's Crisis and Diversion Services.

Exclusive: COLD podcast obtains wiretap records in Susan Powell case

The podcast “COLD” reported extensively for the first time on a multi-state operation aimed at getting Josh Powell, the lone suspect in the disappearance of Susan Powell, to talk — including a wiretap. But until now, that did not include details of what police learned during the wiretapped conversations.

Coronavirus deaths in kids echoes toll in adults, CDC says

A detailed look at COVID-19 deaths in U.S. kids and young adults released Tuesday shows they mirror patterns seen in older patients. The report examined 121 deaths of those younger than 21, as of the end of July. Like older adults, many of them had one or more medical condition — like lung problems, including asthma, obesity, heart problems or developmental conditions.