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Past articles by Jerad:

Utah doctors react to Pfizer vaccine working for 5 to 11 year-olds

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – Pfizer announced Monday its COVID-19 vaccine works for children ages 5 to 11-years-old, and doctors say this could help reduce the number of cases spreading among school aged children. Currently Pfizer is approved for 16 and older and has the emergency use authorization for 12 and older and will seek […] → Read More

State of Utah to help incoming Afghan refugees find work, develop skills

Up to 765 Afghan refugees are expected to arrive in Utah next month. → Read More

Primary Children’s Hospital discusses impacts of more COVID-19 patients

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – Some of Utah’s schools are dealing with a sharp spike in cases following the Labor Day Holiday and Primary Children’s Hospital is feeling the same impacts with less ICU beds and more patients. Doctors are encouraging everyone who is eligible to get a vaccine. Wednesday, the state reported over 1,500 […] → Read More

UDOT warns major delays on Utah roadways with an increase in travel for Labor Day weekend

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – Whether flying or driving, Utahns heading out for the long Labor Day holiday should expect delays. Due to the pandemic, experts say the preferred method of travel for Labor Day this year is by car. “At about one or two we expect traffic to be building up,” John Gleason with […] → Read More

Utahns react to Texas’ abortion ban

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – The abortion ban began in Texas Wednesday, and it is more restrictive than Utah’s abortion ban. Like the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 vote, Utahns are just as divided on the issue. “Absolutely thrilled with this decision,” Abortion-Free Utah Coalition Chairman Merrilee Boyack says after the ruling Thursday. “This is a […] → Read More

Utah Governor Spencer Cox says state is in dire situation due to COVID-19

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – Utah Governor Spencer Cox and other elected officials updated the state on the COVID-19 pandemic Tuesday. The update came after a rolling seven-day average for positive cases reaching 1,263/day and the average percent positivity person-over-person: 15.1%. As of August 30, only 38.1% of Utah children ages 12 through 17 are fully […] → Read More

Fundraiser helps student from Afghanistan bring family to Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – A group of friends are having a fundraiser to help a foreign exchange student, from Afghanistan, bring his family to Utah. Obaid Barakzaisa has lived in Utah since 2016, his family is currently stuck in Kabul. “It’s a big deal for him and it is a big deal for us […] → Read More

University of Utah Health says ICU is at 100% capacity

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – The University of Utah Hospital says its ICU is at 100 % capacity and like so many other hospitals in the state, a majority of those patients have COVID-19. Doctors at the University of Utah say they are seeing an uptick in cases among those ages five to 15 and […] → Read More

Salt Lake City School District returns to school with mask mandate

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – After last week’s emergency order, requiring masks for all students, from Mayor Erin Mendenhall the Salt Lake City School District returns 25,000 students to in person learning Tuesday. Administrators at Northwest Middle School say implementing masks for its 700 students was not an issue. “Our kids are just happy to […] → Read More

Davis County School District welcomes back students

BOUNTIFUL, Utah (ABC4) – The Davis County School District is welcoming thousands of students back to school Monday, without masks, but the district is encouraging students to wear them. Boulton Elementary School, in Bountiful, welcomed students back with a cheer but some students had mixed emotions. “There were a lot of jitters and a lot […] → Read More

Intermountain Healthcare reports ICU’s at 101% capacity

MURRAY, Utah (ABC4) – With new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations on the rise un Utah, Intermountain Healthcare say it is putting a strain on doctors who are dealing with non COVID patients. Intermountain Healthcare says hospitalizations are trending younger as a majority of the older Utahns are vaccinated causing hospitals ICU’s to reach 101% capacity. […] → Read More

Owner of Sandy restaurant reacts to devastating fire at former location

SANDY, Utah (ABC4) – The Sandy Fire Department responded to a fire early Thursday morning at a vacant restaurant. Crews responded to the fire around 2 a.m. at the vacant Jim’s Family Restaurant off South Holiday Park Drive. Investigators say the windows and doors were locked so there is no indication that anyone was inside […] → Read More

Parleys Canyon Fire burn scar causing major concern for mudslides

PARK CITY, Utah (ABC4) – After the Parleys Canyon Fire grew to 500 acres and prompted thousands of evacuations, the Utah Division of Emergency Management says a bulldozer is nearby ready for potential mudslides. Last night the evacuations were lifted and many residents have returned home but with the fire still burning and the recent […] → Read More

Masks in schools, Salt Lake County council set to vote Thursday

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – The Salt Lake City council is expected to vote Thursday on whether to require students to wear masks in class. There are nine council members, four of the members have already said on social media they plan to vote against a mask mandate for those under the age of 12. […] → Read More

Back to school, psychologist talks about anxiety for children

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – The debate over a mask mandate and mandatory vaccinations comes as kids are getting ready to head back to school. That uncertainty can be unsettling for kids. Dr. Douglas Goldsmith, a child psychologist, says it is a mixed bag when it comes to how kids are feeling about returning to […] → Read More

Battling wildfires: Utah firefighters replace crew in Montana

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – A new group of Utah firefighters are once again answering calls to Montana, replacing another crew from Utah. “The crew that is up there now will be heading home,” Unified Fire Division Chief Anthony Widdison says. “Then we will be replacing that crew and looking at getting more crews as […] → Read More

Granite School District prepares to implement state’s new guidelines

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – As COVID-19 cases are once again on the rise health officials are worried that new cases will see a sharp spike when schools return this fall. The state issued new recommendations from K-12 graders which includes encouraging all students 12 and older to get a vaccine. “The concern is students […] → Read More

Hospitals overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients, again

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – COVID-19 cases are spiking in Utah, overwhelming local hospitals with new patients. In the past 24 hours, the state saw the most new COVID-19 cases in six months and Intermountain Healthcare says their ICUs are filling up. Doctors worry the Delta variant – the one fueling this surge – could […] → Read More

New group of Firefighters deploy to Montana, help battle wildfires

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (ABC4) – With wildfires spreading throughout the western states, a group of Utah firefighters are answering the call to help. According to officials this is typical this time of year. “Typical this time of year might be a little sooner this year than in previous years,” says Division Chief Unified Fire […] → Read More

Harmful algae blooms spread across Utah’s waterbodies

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – New safety warnings are in effect on account of harmful algae blooms spreading across Utah’s waterbodies the Utah Department of Environmental Quality released Wednesday. “Algae blooms love the heat,” DEQ’s Ashley Sumner states. “They love the warm water…creating great conditions for algae blooms to thrive.” According to the DEQ Bountiful […] → Read More