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CDC recommending updated vaccines for COVID, flu in fall

CDC recommending updated vaccines for COVID, flu in fall

Lois M. Collins, Deseret News  |  Posted June 28 - 5:58 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that both updated influenza and COVID-19 vaccines be part of the vaccination plan that people adopt come fall and winter.
IRS says 'vast majority' of 1 million pandemic-era credit claims show a risk of being improper

IRS says 'vast majority' of 1 million pandemic-era credit claims show a risk of being improper

Mae Anderson, Associated Press  |  Updated June 23 - 7:46 a.m.  |  Save Story

The Internal Revenue Service said Thursday a review of 1 million claims for the Employee Retention Credit representing $86 billion shows the "vast majority" are at risk of being improper.
Utah ranks third in nation for child well-being, but educational challenges persist

Utah ranks third in nation for child well-being, but educational challenges persist

Logan Stefanich, KSL.com  |  Posted June 11 - 5:04 p.m.  |  Save Story

A new report analyzing how children are performing in a post-pandemic society points to areas for improvement when it comes to proficiency scores and absenteeism.
Minn. fraud trial juror reports getting bag of $120K and promise of more if she'll acquit

Minn. fraud trial juror reports getting bag of $120K and promise of more if she'll acquit

The Associated Press  |  Updated June 3 - 1:45 p.m.  |  Save Story

A juror was dismissed from a multimillion-dollar pandemic fraud trial in Minneapolis on Monday after reporting that a woman dropped a bag of $120,000 cash at her home over the weekend.
Fauci testifies publicly before House panel on COVID origins, controversies

Fauci testifies publicly before House panel on COVID origins, controversies

Lauran Neergaard, Associated Press  |  Updated June 3 - 10:38 a.m.  |  Save Story

Dr. Anthony Fauci is facing heated questioning from Republican lawmakers about the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic. The top U.S. infectious disease expert until 2022, Fauci was grilled by the House panel behind closed doors in January.
New virus variants threaten a summer COVID-19 wave, but experts say risk remains uncertain

New virus variants threaten a summer COVID-19 wave, but experts say risk remains uncertain

Deidre McPhillips, CNN  |  Updated May 17 - 2:11 p.m.  |  Save Story

COVID-19 levels are about the lowest they've ever been in the United States, but another new crop of virus variants once again threatens to disrupt the downward trend as the country heads into summer.
Utah school districts working to prioritize what stays when COVID-19 relief money runs dry

Utah school districts working to prioritize what stays when COVID-19 relief money runs dry

Lindsay Aerts, KSL-TV  |  Posted May 15 - 11:03 a.m.  |  Save Story

Utah's school districts are working to figure out how they will continue to pay for programs propped up by COVID-19 relief funds.
Pandemic policies under scrutiny: American voters question COVID-19 measures

Pandemic policies under scrutiny: American voters question COVID-19 measures

Brigham Tomco, Deseret News  |  Posted April 20 - 5:30 p.m.  |  Save Story

A majority of American voters believe COVID-19 public health measures infringed on personal freedoms, according to a new Deseret News poll.
Young adults most likely to still take extra precautions for COVID-19

Young adults most likely to still take extra precautions for COVID-19

Lois M. Collins, Deseret News  |  Posted April 15 - 6:17 a.m.  |  Save Story

More people think the COVID-19 pandemic's ongoing than don't, according to a new HarrisX poll for the Deseret News. That's despite the fact that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared the pandemic in America over nearly a year ago.
Stuck at home during COVID-19, Gen Z started charities

Stuck at home during COVID-19, Gen Z started charities

Ben Gose, The Chronicle Of Philanthropy, Associated Press  |  Updated March 28 - 2:09 p.m.  |  Save Story

Nothing has spurred the entrepreneurial spirit of Gen Z quite like the COVID-19 pandemic and that extends to launching nonprofits.
Gen Z and the American dream: How pandemic-era challenges shape the generation's outlook

Gen Z and the American dream: How pandemic-era challenges shape the generation's outlook

Emma Pitts, Deseret News  |  Posted March 24 - 7:18 a.m.  |  Save Story

In 2020, when the oldest members of Generation Z were turning 23 and taking on their first experiences in adulthood, the world was forced to shut down.
Most losing Medicaid in Utah couldn't complete process to stay on

Most losing Medicaid in Utah couldn't complete process to stay on

Lois M. Collins, Deseret News  |  Posted March 22 - 10:31 p.m.  |  Save Story

In Utah, 94% of the people dropped from Medicaid rolls recently lost coverage without any determination of being ineligible. Their application/review process had not been completed.
Study sheds light on the gender gap in youth resilience when faced with mental health struggles

Study sheds light on the gender gap in youth resilience when faced with mental health struggles

Emma Pitts, Deseret News  |  Posted March 10 - 10:32 p.m.  |  Save Story

Exacerbated by the pandemic, the mental health crisis in America is growing as more and more people admit to having symptoms of anxiety and depression — and at younger ages, according to reports.
Free home COVID-19 test program to be suspended this week

Free home COVID-19 test program to be suspended this week

Amanda Musa, CNN  |  Posted March 6 - 8:44 a.m.  |  Save Story

The U.S. government's free at-home COVID-19 test program will be suspended Friday, according to the Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response.
White House lifting its COVID-19 testing rule for people around Biden, ending a pandemic vestige

White House lifting its COVID-19 testing rule for people around Biden, ending a pandemic vestige

Zeke Miller, Associated Press  |  Posted March 5 - 8:19 a.m.  |  Save Story

The White House has lifted its COVID-19 testing requirement for those who plan to be in close contact with President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and their spouses.
Older US adults should get another COVID-19 shot, health officials recommend

Older US adults should get another COVID-19 shot, health officials recommend

Mike Stobbe, Associated Press  |  Posted March 2 - 10:01 a.m.  |  Save Story

Older U.S. adults should roll up their sleeves for another COVID-19 shot, even if they received a booster in the fall, an advisory panel said Wednesday.
COVID-19 no longer means 5 days in isolation, CDC says

COVID-19 no longer means 5 days in isolation, CDC says

Mike Stobbe, Associated Press  |  Posted March 1 - 3:32 p.m.  |  Save Story

U.S. health officials say people with COVID-19 no longer need to stay in isolation for five days. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed its longstanding guidance on Friday.
Supreme Court rejects appeal from 3 GOP House members over $500 mask fines

Supreme Court rejects appeal from 3 GOP House members over $500 mask fines

Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 21 - 8:40 a.m.  |  Save Story

The Supreme Court has rejected appeals from three Republican House members who challenged fines for not wearing face coverings on the House floor in 2021.
CDC plans to drop 5-day COVID isolation guidelines

CDC plans to drop 5-day COVID isolation guidelines

Chandni Shah and Mariam Sunny, Reuters  |  Posted Feb. 13 - 2:35 p.m.  |  Save Story

The CDC plans to drop its five-day COVID-19 isolation recommendations under new guidance planned by the agency, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday.
Millions of people have long COVID, including children and pregnant people, studies show

Millions of people have long COVID, including children and pregnant people, studies show

Jen Christensen, CNN  |  Posted Feb. 13 - 8:20 a.m.  |  Save Story

Millions of people deal with COVID-19 symptoms long after their initial infections. Two new studies — one looking at pregnant people and the other on children — give a better look at the burden from this health problem that doctors say often goes under the radar.
Alternating arms for vaccine doses might increase immunity

Alternating arms for vaccine doses might increase immunity

Lois M. Collins, Deseret News  |  Posted Feb. 11 - 11:17 a.m.  |  Save Story

The next time someone giving you a shot asks, "Which arm?" don't be cavalier. New research suggests the question may be more important than you think — at least if the vaccine calls for two doses.
New vaccines are 54% effective against symptomatic COVID, CDC says

New vaccines are 54% effective against symptomatic COVID, CDC says

Lois M. Collins, Deseret News  |  Posted Feb. 4 - 3:34 p.m.  |  Save Story

The latest round of COVID-19 boosters is about 54% effective in preventing symptomatic infection in those with normal immune systems, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
'Not viruses to mess around with': Experts urge caution during ongoing 'tripledemic'

'Not viruses to mess around with': Experts urge caution during ongoing 'tripledemic'

Emma Benson, KSL-TV  |  Posted Jan. 12 - 7:28 a.m.  |  Save Story

Experts say this winter we're seeing another "tripledemic" — rising cases of COVID-19, flu and RSV in Utah.
Nearly 10,000 died from COVID-19 last month, fueled by holiday gatherings and new variant

Nearly 10,000 died from COVID-19 last month, fueled by holiday gatherings and new variant

Associated Press  |  Posted Jan. 11 - 9:22 p.m.  |  Save Story

The head of the U.N. health agency said nearly 10,000 deaths were reported in December.
Holiday giving could have included COVID-19, experts warn

Holiday giving could have included COVID-19, experts warn

Lois M. Collins, Deseret News  |  Posted Jan. 5 - 7:02 p.m.  |  Save Story

You may have exchanged more than presents and shared more than meals during recent holiday gatherings.
Respiratory virus activity is high and rising across the US, CDC data shows

Respiratory virus activity is high and rising across the US, CDC data shows

Deidre McPhillips, Amanda Musa and Carma Hassan, CNN  |  Posted Jan. 2 - 9:45 a.m.  |  Save Story

As seasonal virus activity surges across the U.S., experts stress the importance of preventive measures – such as masking and vaccination – and the value of treatment for those who do get sick.
'The ICUs are full': Keep yourself and others healthy this holiday

'The ICUs are full': Keep yourself and others healthy this holiday

Emma Benson, KSL-TV  |  Posted Dec. 23 - 1:14 p.m.  |  Save Story

It's time for holiday gatherings, but with more people around us comes a greater risk of getting sick.
States trashing troves of masks and pandemic gear as huge, costly stockpiles linger and expire

States trashing troves of masks and pandemic gear as huge, costly stockpiles linger and expire

Jennifer Peltz and David A. Lieb, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec. 22 - 9:40 p.m.  |  Save Story

States that stockpiled millions of masks and other personal protective equipment during the coronavirus pandemic are now throwing the items out. Associated Press found at least 15 states have rid themselves of the items because of expiration dates or they have more than they need.
IRS to waive $1B in penalties for people and firms owing back taxes for 2020 or 2021

IRS to waive $1B in penalties for people and firms owing back taxes for 2020 or 2021

Fatima Hussein, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec. 20 - 9:26 a.m.  |  Save Story

The IRS says it's going to waive penalty fees for people who failed to pay back taxes that total less than $100,000 a year for tax years 2020 or 2021.
FDA finds control lapses at Moderna manufacturing plant

FDA finds control lapses at Moderna manufacturing plant

Patrick Wingrove, Reuters  |  Posted Dec. 17 - 6:23 p.m.  |  Save Story

U.S. drug regulators in September found quality control lapses at Moderna's main factory including with equipment used to manufacture drug substance for its COVID-19 vaccine, according to the report obtained by Reuters via a Freedom of Information Act request.
CDC: There's an urgent need to increase vaccine coverage for flu, COVID and RSV

CDC: There's an urgent need to increase vaccine coverage for flu, COVID and RSV

Christy Santhosh, Reuters  |  Updated Dec. 14 - 8:06 p.m.  |  Save Story

The CDC on Thursday issued an alert urging health care providers to increase immunization coverage for influenza, COVID-19 and respiratory syncytial virus.
Flu is on the rise while RSV infections may be peaking, US health officials say

Flu is on the rise while RSV infections may be peaking, US health officials say

Mike Stobbe, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec. 1 - 9:04 p.m.  |  Save Story

U.S. health officials say flu is picking up steam while RSV lung infections may be peaking. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that COVID-19 remains the main cause of hospitalizations and deaths in the country.
Lawsuit: Woman says she received full vial of COVID vaccine; CVS subsidiary claims immunity

Lawsuit: Woman says she received full vial of COVID vaccine; CVS subsidiary claims immunity

Emily Ashcraft, KSL.com  |  Posted Nov. 27 - 9:38 p.m.  |  Save Story

A Salt Lake County woman filed a lawsuit claiming a COVID-19 vaccine dose five-times larger than the recommended dose has negatively impacted her health. CVS subsidiary MinuteClinic Diagnostic of Utah says they are immune from the claims.
COVID, flu, respiratory germs aren't feasting in southern Utah as much this Thanksgiving

COVID, flu, respiratory germs aren't feasting in southern Utah as much this Thanksgiving

Chris Reed, St. George News   |  Posted Nov. 24 - 9:55 p.m.  |  Save Story

If there's something that the southern Utah medical community may be thankful for this year, it's that local levels of respiratory diseases like COVID-19 and influenza are at their lowest for the Thanksgiving holiday since before the pandemic.
More free COVID-19 tests are available for home delivery through the mail

More free COVID-19 tests are available for home delivery through the mail

Amanda Seitz, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov. 20 - 9:08 a.m.  |  Save Story

Americans can order four free COVID-19 tests again online. Anyone who did not order a batch of four COVID-19 tests in September can secure up to eight of them beginning Monday at covidtests.gov.
Mitt Romney chairs Senate hearing on 'alarming' fraud in COVID-19 spending

Mitt Romney chairs Senate hearing on 'alarming' fraud in COVID-19 spending

Gitanjali Poonia, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 15 - 7:34 p.m.  |  Save Story

Sen. Mitt Romney led a Senate hearing Tuesday to investigate widespread fraud in federal spending during the pandemic, when billions of dollars in relief spending were left unaccounted for.
Herriman man accused of lying on COVID-19 loan applications, misusing $180,000

Herriman man accused of lying on COVID-19 loan applications, misusing $180,000

Cassidy Wixom, KSL.com  |  Posted Nov. 14 - 10:27 p.m.  |  Save Story

A Herriman man is accused of lying about being a convicted felon on small business loan applications during the pandemic and receiving more than $180,000.
The Great Grift: COVID-19 aid thieves bought fancy cars, a Pokemon card — even a private island

The Great Grift: COVID-19 aid thieves bought fancy cars, a Pokemon card — even a private island

Richard Lardner, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov. 13 - 7:00 a.m.  |  Save Story

Pandemic fraudsters perpetrated the greatest grift in U.S. history: They potentially plundered more than $280 billion in federal COVID-19 aid; another $123 billion was wasted or misspent.
Did child abuse go up or down during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Did child abuse go up or down during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Lois M. Collins, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 5 - 4:55 p.m.  |  Save Story

As COVID-19 infections raged and families flocked home from work and school early on, experts predicted a tsunami of child abuse was about to hit.
What a new study says about the effectiveness of masks against COVID-19

What a new study says about the effectiveness of masks against COVID-19

Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 4 - 9:41 p.m.  |  Save Story

Masks provide protection from COVID-19, says a new study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association.
What you need to know about HV.1, the new COVID-19 variant spreading across the US

What you need to know about HV.1, the new COVID-19 variant spreading across the US

Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News  |  Posted Oct. 31 - 7:18 a.m.  |  Save Story

Just in time for respiratory virus season, there's a new COVID-19 variant dominating cases in the United States — and yet another version of the coronavirus that's already starting to spread overseas.
Here's how many Utahns have gotten the new COVID-19 shot

Here's how many Utahns have gotten the new COVID-19 shot

Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News  |  Posted Oct. 29 - 8:53 a.m.  |  Save Story

Fewer than 5% of all Utahns have received the latest COVID-19 shot since it was released in mid-September, a rate that lags behind nationwide numbers that are being described as "abysmal."
Pfizer, BioNtech say flu-COVID shot generates strong immune response in trial

Pfizer, BioNtech say flu-COVID shot generates strong immune response in trial

Manas Mishra, Reuters  |  Posted Oct. 27 - 4:32 p.m.  |  Save Story

Pfizer and German partner BioNTech said on Thursday that their vaccine to prevent flu and COVID-19 generated a strong immune response against strains of the viruses in an early- to mid-stage trial.
Pfizer to price COVID treatment Paxlovid at $1,390 per course

Pfizer to price COVID treatment Paxlovid at $1,390 per course

Michael Erman, Reuters  |  Posted Oct. 20 - 9:11 a.m.  |  Save Story

Pfizer on Wednesday said it will set the U.S. price for its COVID-19 antiviral treatment Paxlovid at nearly $1,400 per five-day course when it moves to commercial sales after government stocks run out, more than double what the government currently pays for it.
Price of COVID-19 antiviral Paxlovid expected to rise next year, raising concerns about access

Price of COVID-19 antiviral Paxlovid expected to rise next year, raising concerns about access

Meg Tirrell, CNN  |  Posted Oct. 17 - 11:38 a.m.  |  Save Story

The price of the lifesaving COVID-19 medication Paxlovid is likely to rise next year for most patients as the United States continues to transition out of the emergency phase of the pandemic.
Who will be hit the hardest as pandemic-era benefits end?

Who will be hit the hardest as pandemic-era benefits end?

Annette Choi, Katie Lobosco and Tami Luhby, CNN  |  Posted Oct. 16 - 9:20 p.m.  |  Save Story

Several COVID-19 pandemic-era benefits have recently expired, leaving millions of people without the economic assistance they've come to rely on.
Another updated COVID-19 vaccine is approved. Why this one is different

Another updated COVID-19 vaccine is approved. Why this one is different

Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News  |  Posted Oct. 10 - 3:05 p.m.  |  Save Story

There's now a third choice in the United States for an updated COVID-19 vaccine, from Novavax.
New COVID shots still hard to find for some Americans

New COVID shots still hard to find for some Americans

Michael Erman and Ahmed Aboulenein, Reuters  |  Posted Oct. 9 - 7:43 a.m.  |  Save Story

Americans have started rolling up their sleeves for the latest version of the COVID-19 vaccine, but weeks into the rollout some say they are still having difficulty finding appointments for themselves and their children.
Pharmacist shortages and heavy workloads challenge drugstores heading into busy season

Pharmacist shortages and heavy workloads challenge drugstores heading into busy season

Tom Murphy, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct. 7 - 4:44 p.m.  |  Save Story

Customers may need a dose of patience at U.S. pharmacy counters as those businesses start their busiest season. Drug and staffing shortages haven't gone away.
COVID-19 vaccination cards are history. Here's how Utahns can track their shots

COVID-19 vaccination cards are history. Here's how Utahns can track their shots

Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News  |  Updated Oct. 5 - 1:03 p.m.  |  Save Story

Say goodbye to the federal government's wallet-sized white cards used to track COVID-19 vaccinations throughout the pandemic.
A rush for COVID-19 shots in Utah? Why a county health department filled vaccine appointments fast

A rush for COVID-19 shots in Utah? Why a county health department filled vaccine appointments fast

Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News  |  Posted Oct. 5 - 8:01 a.m.  |  Save Story

Earlier this week, the Salt Lake County Health Department was so overwhelmed with calls to get the COVID-19 vaccine that people waited on hold for up to 45 minutes.
Here's how many Americans have already gotten the new COVID-19 vaccine

Here's how many Americans have already gotten the new COVID-19 vaccine

Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News  |  Posted Oct. 3 - 9:38 a.m.  |  Save Story

At least 1.8 million people in the United States have already received the new COVID-19 vaccine, according to Reuters.
1 in 20 Americans used ivermectin, hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19

1 in 20 Americans used ivermectin, hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19

Dorcas Marfo, CNN  |  Posted Oct. 2 - 4:15 p.m.  |  Save Story

A recent study has found 1 in 20 people in the U.S. who contracted COVID-19 used non-evidence-based treatment, such as ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine, due to beliefs in vaccine-related misinformation.
Health news: Breast cancer, stair climbing and relieving long COVID

Health news: Breast cancer, stair climbing and relieving long COVID

Lois M. Collins, Deseret News  |  Posted Oct. 1 - 9:02 p.m.  |  Save Story

This week's health news includes an easy way to cut cardiovascular risk by 20%, an update on the effectiveness of breast cancer screening and some advice on long COVID symptoms.
What you need to know about the timing of COVID-19, flu shots this year

What you need to know about the timing of COVID-19, flu shots this year

Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News  |  Posted Sept. 28 - 10:12 p.m.  |  Save Story

Many Utahns routinely get an annual flu shot every fall. But now that the federal government has given the go-ahead for everyone six months and older to get the newly updated COVID-19 vaccine, how should the shots be timed?
Here's when Utah's COVID-19 vaccine order may finally be filled

Here's when Utah's COVID-19 vaccine order may finally be filled

Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News  |  Posted Sept. 27 - 3:02 p.m.  |  Save Story

It's been about two weeks since the Utah Department of Health and Human Services placed the state's first order for the new COVID-19 vaccine from the federal government.
Here's what the federal government is telling insurers about covering the cost of COVID-19 shots

Here's what the federal government is telling insurers about covering the cost of COVID-19 shots

Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News  |  Posted Sept. 26 - 8:32 p.m.  |  Save Story

Insurance companies around the country are being reminded of their legal obligation to cover the cost of the new COVID-19 vaccine now that the federal government is no longer picking up the tab for the shots.
Here's why getting the new COVID-19 booster shot is being called 'frustrating'

Here's why getting the new COVID-19 booster shot is being called 'frustrating'

Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News  |  Posted Sept. 23 - 7:28 a.m.  |  Save Story

Ready to get that new COVID-19 booster shot? Well, you'll probably have to wait a bit.
Households can order more free COVID-19 tests starting Monday

Households can order more free COVID-19 tests starting Monday

Jamie Gumbrecht, CNN  |  Posted Sept. 21 - 8:34 a.m.  |  Save Story

The government will relaunch a program to provide free COVID-19 home tests to Americans, the Department of Health and Human Services said Wednesday.