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Pfizer-BioNTech say 3 COVID shots generate good response in kids under 5

Pfizer-BioNTech say 3 COVID shots generate good response in kids under 5

Michael Erman, Reuters  |  Posted May 23 - 7:48 a.m.

Drugmakers Pfizer and BioNTech said on Monday that three doses of their COVID-19 vaccine generated a strong immune response in children under the age of 5 in their clinical trial.
Pfizer booster shot is now approved for children 5 to 11, here's what a doctor advises

Pfizer booster shot is now approved for children 5 to 11, here's what a doctor advises

Jed Boal, KSL-TV  |  Posted May 22 - 11:05 a.m.

The CDC now recommends Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots for children ages 5 to 11. That third shot is available for elementary age children five months after their initial two doses. Utah parents are already weighing that decision.
US sees risk of COVID supply rationing without more funds

US sees risk of COVID supply rationing without more funds

Zeke Miller, Associated Press  |  Posted May 21 - 2:12 p.m.

The White House is planning for what it calls "dire" contingencies that could include rationing supplies of vaccines and treatments this fall if Congress doesn't approve more money for fighting COVID-19.
CDC urges Pfizer booster for children ages 5 to 11

CDC urges Pfizer booster for children ages 5 to 11

Lauran Neergaard, Associated Press  |  Posted May 20 - 6:54 a.m.

U.S. health advisers are urging a booster dose of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for kids ages 5 to 11. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention quickly signed off on the advice.
Utah confirms 4,504 new COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths in weekly report

Utah confirms 4,504 new COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths in weekly report

Ashley Imlay, KSL.com  |  Updated May 19 - 2:36 p.m.

Utah health officials reported 4,504 new COVID-19 cases and four additional deaths over the past seven days, as the state continues to see a spike.
Why this one county in Utah is now up to medium risk for COVID-19

Why this one county in Utah is now up to medium risk for COVID-19

Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News  |  Updated May 18 - 6:26 p.m.

Utah is no longer solidly green on the nation's COVID-19 map with only low community levels of the virus now that Summit County's case counts and hospitalizations are up.
Hospital ceremony honors survivors, health care heroes as US hits 1 million COVID-19 deaths

Hospital ceremony honors survivors, health care heroes as US hits 1 million COVID-19 deaths

Ashley Moser, KSL-TV  |  Posted May 18 - 11:49 a.m.

An Orem hospital held a memorial Monday to mark two years since the pandemic began and the impact it has had on the community. The event comes days after America hit a grim milestone of 1 million COVID-19 deaths.
US offering additional 8 free COVID-19 tests per household

US offering additional 8 free COVID-19 tests per household

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 17 - 8:11 p.m.

The government website for requesting free COVID-19 at-home tests from the U.S. government is accepting a third round of orders.
FDA clears COVID booster shot for healthy kids ages 5 to 11

FDA clears COVID booster shot for healthy kids ages 5 to 11

Lauran Neergaard, Associated Press  |  Updated May 17 - 1:31 p.m.

U.S. regulators have authorized a COVID-19 vaccine booster for healthy children ages 5 to 11.
Mixed results for Utah food drive while demand for assistance stays high

Mixed results for Utah food drive while demand for assistance stays high

Ladd Egan, KSL-TV  |  Posted May 16 - 9:36 p.m.

After a two-year break because of the pandemic, the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive returned on Saturday with mixed results.
Thanks to being vaccinated and boosted, Dr. Angela Dunn says her bout of COVID-19 was 'no big deal'

Thanks to being vaccinated and boosted, Dr. Angela Dunn says her bout of COVID-19 was 'no big deal'

Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News  |  Posted May 16 - 9:08 p.m.

After more than two years of monitoring the spread of COVID-19, Dr. Angela Dunn said she caught the virus about two weeks ago from her 10-year-old son.
US deaths from COVID hit 1 million, less than 2 1/2 years in

US deaths from COVID hit 1 million, less than 2 1/2 years in

Carla K. Johnson, Associated Press  |  Updated May 16 - 10:31 a.m.

The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 has hit 1 million, less than 2 1/2 years into the outbreak.
Cold, hard, sanitary cash? BYU study finds going cashless to prevent COVID-19 was 'useless'

Cold, hard, sanitary cash? BYU study finds going cashless to prevent COVID-19 was 'useless'

Logan Stefanich, KSL.com  |  Posted May 14 - 2:12 p.m.

To fight the spread of COVID-19, many businesses began encouraging transactions with credit cards. Now, a BYU study says those cards are actually worse for carrying the coronavirus.
Utah hitting next wave of increased COVID cases, state epidemiologist warns

Utah hitting next wave of increased COVID cases, state epidemiologist warns

Emily Ashcraft, KSL.com  |  Posted May 13 - 6:19 p.m.

Utah State Epidemiologist Leisha Nolen said the omicron variant had worse outcomes for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals, and the next rise in cases has already begun in Utah.
House Speaker Brad Wilson tests positive for COVID-19 same day as governor

House Speaker Brad Wilson tests positive for COVID-19 same day as governor

Ashley Imlay, KSL.com  |  Posted May 13 - 12:32 p.m.

Utah House Speaker Brad Wilson tested positive for COVID-19 late Thursday, his office confirmed.
Are you over 50 or heading out of town? Get a 2nd COVID-19 booster, Utah doctor says

Are you over 50 or heading out of town? Get a 2nd COVID-19 booster, Utah doctor says

Ken Fall, KSL-TV  |  Posted May 13 - 10:02 a.m.

On a windy afternoon at Rancho Market in Millcreek, shoppers and passersby stopped to pick up something other than the usual family groceries: A free vaccine or booster.
Biden marks COVID 'tragic milestone' in US at global summit

Biden marks COVID 'tragic milestone' in US at global summit

Zeke Miller and Maria Cheng, Associated Press  |  Posted May 12 - 2:49 p.m.

President Joe Biden has appealed to world leaders for a renewed international commitment to attacking COVID-19 as he leads the U.S. in marking the "tragic milestone" of 1 million deaths in America.
Cox tests positive for COVID as Utah confirms 484 average daily cases over past week

Cox tests positive for COVID as Utah confirms 484 average daily cases over past week

Ashley Imlay, KSL.com  |  Updated May 12 - 2:03 p.m.

Gov. Spencer Cox announced Thursday he has tested positive for COVID-19, as the state confirmed a seven-day average of about 484 new cases each day for the past week.
Salt Lake woman admits selling fake COVID test results to airport travelers

Salt Lake woman admits selling fake COVID test results to airport travelers

Jacob Scholl, KSL.com  |  Posted May 12 - 12:31 p.m.

A Salt Lake woman pleaded guilty this week to selling fake negative COVID-19 tests to travelers at the Salt Lake City International Airport in 2021.
People with chronic illnesses consider the bright side of the COVID pandemic

People with chronic illnesses consider the bright side of the COVID pandemic

Emily Ashcraft, KSL.com  |  Posted May 11 - 9:04 p.m.

An event Wednesday marked the annual awareness day for multiple chronic illnesses and considered how the pandemic has led to research into those illnesses.
Are 100 million new COVID cases coming to the United States this fall?

Are 100 million new COVID cases coming to the United States this fall?

Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News  |  Posted May 11 - 6:18 a.m.

The Biden administration's warning that the United States could be hit by 100 million COVID-19 infections this fall is getting some backing by the Utah Department of Health.
'I just hope (people) don't forget and they remember to care' about 1 million COVID-19 deaths in US

'I just hope (people) don't forget and they remember to care' about 1 million COVID-19 deaths in US

Carla K. Johnson and Nicky Forster, Associated Press  |  Posted May 6 - 6:13 p.m.

The count of U.S. deaths from COVID-19 is nearing 1 million, and there's a wealth of data making clear which groups have been hit the hardest. More than 700,000 people 65 and older died. Men died at higher rates than women. White people made up most of the deaths overall, yet an unequal burden fell on Black, Hispanic and Native American people.
How should Utahns react to 1 million US deaths from COVID-19?

How should Utahns react to 1 million US deaths from COVID-19?

Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News  |  Posted May 5 - 10:08 p.m.

There have now been 1 million deaths from COVID-19 in the United States since the start of the pandemic, a once-unimaginable toll that includes 4,760 lives lost in Utah as of Thursday.
FDA restricts J&J's COVID-19 vaccine due to blood clot risk

FDA restricts J&J's COVID-19 vaccine due to blood clot risk

Matthew Perrone and Lauran Neergaard, Associated Press  |  Updated May 5 - 6:23 p.m.

U.S. regulators are strictly limiting who can receive Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine due to a rare but serious risk of blood clots.
Health officials report 3,226 new COVID-19 cases in Utah, 13 deaths

Health officials report 3,226 new COVID-19 cases in Utah, 13 deaths

Emily Ashcraft, KSL.com  |  Updated May 5 - 3:24 p.m.

The Utah Department of Health, which is now reporting statewide COVID-19 cases each Thursday, reported 3,226 new cases and 13 deaths related to the disease.
COVID led to 15 million deaths globally, not the 5 million reported, WHO says

COVID led to 15 million deaths globally, not the 5 million reported, WHO says

Jennifer Rigby, Reuters  |  Updated May 5 - 12:40 p.m.

Almost three times as many people have died as a result of COVID-19 as official data show, according to a new World Health Organization report, the most comprehensive look at the true global toll of the pandemic so far.
How fast could COVID-19 shots be available for infants, toddlers? What an FDA official says now

How fast could COVID-19 shots be available for infants, toddlers? What an FDA official says now

Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News  |  Posted May 3 - 4:18 p.m.

COVID-19 vaccines for infants and toddlers are now scheduled to be considered by the Food and Drug Administration in June.
Pfizer hopes to submit little-kid vaccine data by early June

Pfizer hopes to submit little-kid vaccine data by early June

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 3 - 1:03 p.m.

Pfizer now hopes to tell U.S. regulators how well its COVID-19 vaccine works in the littlest kids by early June. Currently, only children ages 5 or older can be vaccinated in the U.S., using Pfizer's vaccine. Riv
Sneakers, elastic pants: People alter office wear amid COVID

Sneakers, elastic pants: People alter office wear amid COVID

Anne D'innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted May 2 - 7:51 p.m.

After working remotely in sweats and yoga pants for two years, many Americans are rethinking their wardrobes to balance comfort and professionalism as offices reopen.
Why the latest subvariants of COVID-19 may bring a 'new infection wave'

Why the latest subvariants of COVID-19 may bring a 'new infection wave'

Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News  |  Posted May 2 - 3:22 p.m.

The COVID-19 virus continues to mutate, with a pair of new highly transmissible omicron subvariants sending cases spiking in South Africa.
Moderna says its vaccine for ages under 6 will be ready for US review in June

Moderna says its vaccine for ages under 6 will be ready for US review in June

Doina Chiacu, Reuters  |  Posted May 1 - 6:20 p.m.

Moderna's vaccine could be the first to win U.S. approval for children under the age of 5. Pfizer also expects to have its vaccine data for children under 6 ready by the June review.
How many military members were discharged because of vaccine rules? Sen. Lee wants answers

How many military members were discharged because of vaccine rules? Sen. Lee wants answers

Bridger Beal-Cvetko, Deseret News  |  Posted April 29 - 10:37 p.m.

Following reports that at least 1,700 military service members were discharged for refusing to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, Sen. Mike Lee is asking the Pentagon for an explanation.
Is an end near to 'frustrating wait' for infant, toddler COVID-19 vaccine?

Is an end near to 'frustrating wait' for infant, toddler COVID-19 vaccine?

Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News  |  Posted April 29 - 11:05 a.m.

There's finally some good news for parents waiting to get their infants and toddlers vaccinated against COVID-19.
Daily COVID-19 cases rising in Utah; 1,695 reported in past 7 days

Daily COVID-19 cases rising in Utah; 1,695 reported in past 7 days

Ashley Imlay, KSL.com  |  Updated April 28 - 3:01 p.m.

The Utah Department of Health on Thursday reported 1,694 new COVID-19 cases and seven deaths over the past seven days.
Utah health experts, like Fauci, say COVID pandemic isn't over

Utah health experts, like Fauci, say COVID pandemic isn't over

Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News  |  Posted April 28 - 9:51 a.m.

The United States seems to be out of the "pandemic phase," but federal health officials are wary of saying the COVID-19 pandemic is over, as outbreaks are still too erratic.
Moderna seeks to be 1st with COVID shots for littlest kids

Moderna seeks to be 1st with COVID shots for littlest kids

Lauran Neergaard, Associated Press  |  Posted April 28 - 6:46 a.m.

Moderna is asking U.S. regulators to open its COVID-19 vaccine to the nation's youngest children.
Fauci: 'Pandemic phase' over for US, but COVID-19 still here

Fauci: 'Pandemic phase' over for US, but COVID-19 still here

The Associated Press  |  Updated April 27 - 1:35 p.m.

Dr. Anthony Fauci has given an upbeat assessment of the current state of the coronavirus in the United States, saying the country is "out of the pandemic phase."
CDC estimates 3 in 4 kids have had coronavirus infections

CDC estimates 3 in 4 kids have had coronavirus infections

Mike Stobbe, Associated Press  |  Posted April 26 - 2:57 p.m.

Three out of every four U.S. children have been infected with the coronavirus and more than half of all Americans had signs of previous infections.
Harris positive for COVID-19, Biden not 'close contact'

Harris positive for COVID-19, Biden not 'close contact'

Zeke Miller, Associated Press  |  Posted April 26 - 10:44 a.m.

Vice President Kamala Harris tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, the White House announced.
7 habits of highly effective remote workers

7 habits of highly effective remote workers

Rebecca Holcomb, Associated Press  |  Posted April 25 - 10:03 a.m.

When the pandemic hit in early 2020, life changed seemingly overnight. Offices went from bustling to bust, forcing companies to figure out how to operate with teams spread out over entire cities or states instead of in one location.
COVID shots still work but researchers hunt new improvements

COVID shots still work but researchers hunt new improvements

Lauran Neergaard, Associated Press  |  Posted April 24 - 6:28 p.m.

COVID-19 vaccinations are at a critical juncture as companies test whether new approaches like combination shots or nasal drops can keep up with a mutating coronavirus — even though it's not clear if changes are needed.
Afraid to fly with unmasked passengers? Your airline might offer a refund

Afraid to fly with unmasked passengers? Your airline might offer a refund

David Koenig, Associated Press  |  Posted April 22 - 7:38 p.m.

Some airlines say they will consider refunds or credits for passengers who don't want to fly now that the mask mandate has been dropped. But the airlines aren't giving many details.
COVID-19 was third leading cause of death in the United States in 2021, CDC reports

COVID-19 was third leading cause of death in the United States in 2021, CDC reports

Deidre McPhillips, CNN  |  Updated April 22 - 2:34 p.m.

COVID-19 was the third leading cause of death in the United States in 2021, following heart disease and cancer, for the second year in a row.
Utah confirms 1,197 new COVID cases in last week, 4 additional deaths

Utah confirms 1,197 new COVID cases in last week, 4 additional deaths

Ashley Imlay, KSL.com  |  Updated April 21 - 2:16 p.m.

The Utah Department of Health on Thursday reported 1,197 new COVID-19 over the past seven days, as well as 4 additional deaths.
Justice Dept. to appeal order voiding travel mask mandate at CDC's request

Justice Dept. to appeal order voiding travel mask mandate at CDC's request

Michael Balsamo and Zeke Miller, Associated Press  |  Updated April 20 - 6:18 p.m.

The Justice Department is filing an appeal seeking to overturn a judge's order that voided the federal mask mandate on planes and trains and in travel hubs, officials said Wednesday.
Judge dismisses lawsuit over limits to Utah schools' pandemic prevention measures

Judge dismisses lawsuit over limits to Utah schools' pandemic prevention measures

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News  |  Posted April 20 - 4:25 p.m.

A 3rd District Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit by parents that challenged the constitutionality of Utah laws that limited pandemic restrictions such as mask orders.
Why COVID experts say Utahns should still mask up on planes, trains, buses

Why COVID experts say Utahns should still mask up on planes, trains, buses

Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News  |  Posted April 20 - 6:21 a.m.

Even though a federal court has struck down the nationwide mask mandate on planes, trains and buses, Utahns may still want to mask up when they travel, health experts said.
UTA, Salt Lake City International Airport drop mask requirement

UTA, Salt Lake City International Airport drop mask requirement

Martha Harris, KSL NewsRadio  |  Posted April 19 - 8:28 a.m.

Utah Transit Authority officials say the agency has dropped its mask mandate for bus and train travelers.
Cheers and fears as US ends mask mandates for travel

Cheers and fears as US ends mask mandates for travel

Curt Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted April 19 - 8:17 a.m.

A federal judge's decision to strike down a national mask mandate was met with cheers on some airplanes but also concern about whether it's really time to end the order sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Florida judge voids US mask mandate for planes, other travel

Florida judge voids US mask mandate for planes, other travel

Curt Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted April 18 - 12:44 p.m.

A federal judge in Florida has voided the national mask mandate covering airplanes and other public transportation as exceeding the authority of U.S. health officials in the coronavirus pandemic.
How worried are Utahns they'll catch COVID? See what a new poll says

How worried are Utahns they'll catch COVID? See what a new poll says

Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News  |  Posted April 18 - 12:26 p.m.

Utahns are split on how long it will take for life to get back to how it was before the pandemic.
FDA authorizes first COVID-19 breath test

FDA authorizes first COVID-19 breath test

Katherine Dillinger, CNN  |  Posted April 15 - 7:21 a.m.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted emergency use authorization to the first COVID-19 test that spots chemical compounds associated with the coronavirus in breath, the agency said Thursday.
New COVID-19 subvariants blamed for New York surge already seen in Utah

New COVID-19 subvariants blamed for New York surge already seen in Utah

Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News  |  Posted April 15 - 6:28 a.m.

The two new versions of so-called "stealth omicron" sweeping through New York showed up in Utah last month but appear to account for only a small percentage of COVID-19 cases.
Utah reports 740 new COVID-19 cases, 6 additional deaths in past week

Utah reports 740 new COVID-19 cases, 6 additional deaths in past week

Ashley Imlay, KSL.com  |  Updated April 14 - 2:06 p.m.

The Utah Department of Health reports 740 new COVID-19 cases over the past seven days, as well as six more confirmed deaths.
Pfizer-BioNTech say booster dose increases protection against omicron in kids aged 5-11

Pfizer-BioNTech say booster dose increases protection against omicron in kids aged 5-11

Mrinalika Roy, Reuters  |  Posted April 14 - 10:24 a.m.

A third dose of Pfizer and BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine produced significant protection against the omicron variant in healthy children aged between 5 and 11 years, the companies say.
Why a federal report says testing wastewater for COVID-19 in Utah, other states has limitations

Why a federal report says testing wastewater for COVID-19 in Utah, other states has limitations

Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News  |  Posted April 13 - 9:29 p.m.

A new report from a congressional watchdog agency says more needs to be done to standardize the monitoring of COVID-19 and other diseases through wastewater surveillance, now a key way for Utahns to track the spread of the virus.
CDC extends travel mask requirement to May 3 as COVID rises

CDC extends travel mask requirement to May 3 as COVID rises

Zeke Miller and David Koenig, Associated Press  |  Updated April 13 - 1:49 p.m.

The Biden administration announced Wednesday that it is extending the nationwide mask requirement for airplanes and public transit for 15 days as it monitors an uptick in COVID-19 cases.
COVID-19, overdoses pushed US to highest death total ever

COVID-19, overdoses pushed US to highest death total ever

Mike Stobbe, Associated Press  |  Posted April 12 - 1:53 p.m.

The year 2021 was the deadliest in U.S. history, and new data and research are offering more insights into how it got that bad.
The East Coast is seeing a swell in COVID cases. Is Utah next?

The East Coast is seeing a swell in COVID cases. Is Utah next?

Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News  |  Posted April 12 - 6:20 a.m.

COVID-19 cases are likely going to increase in Utah after the Easter holiday and possibly not peak until mid-May, an Intermountain Healthcare infectious diseases physician warned.