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More deaths, no benefit from drug touted by Trump to treat coronavirus, study finds

This article originally appeared on CBS News. Read it in its entirety here. A malaria drug widely touted by President Donald Trump for treating the new coronavirus showed no benefit in a large analysis of its use in U.S. veterans hospitals. There were more deaths among those given hydroxychloroquine versus standard care, researchers reported. The nationwide study was not a rigorous experiment. But with 368 patients, it’s the largest look

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Utah to buy stockpile of anti-malarial drugs, critics blast deal

This article originally appeared in KSL. Read it in its entirety here. SALT LAKE CITY — State health officials are in the process of buying a mass of anti-malarial drugs to treat up to 200,000 of Utah’s COVID-19 patients, despite objections from medical experts. The plan is to distribute the drugs to local pharmacies across the state so the treatment will be available “free of charge to patients,

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Press Release: Another power grab by the Utah Legislature

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 17, 2020 Salt Lake City, UT – In response to the Utah House passing S.B. 3004, Covid-19 Health and Economic Response Act, Lauren Simpson, policy director for Alliance for a Better Utah, issued the following statement:  “S.B. 3004 is an example of a solution in search of a problem, and

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Utah Legislature eyes May 1 for reopening economy as the coronavirus wears on

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. State lawmakers convened a historic, all-virtual special session on the COVID-19 outbreak on Thursday, with an eye toward the date Utah can start emerging from quarantine — and they’re pitching May 1 as a target. House Speaker Brad Wilson said legislators will create guidelines to start reawakening the state’s slumbering economy “carefully, methodically,

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Historic special session of the Utah Legislature now underway

This article originally appeared  on ABC4 News. Read it in its entirety here. SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – It’s calm and quiet inside the State Capitol, but it’s a very busy day for lawmakers. It’s not only the first remote session of the Utah Legislature, but it’s also the first time they’ve called themselves into special session thanks to a change approved by

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Utah Legislature Website Allows Digital Public Comment, But Won’t Post Them Publicly

This article originally appeared in KUER. Read it in its entirety here. The Utah Legislature’s first-ever virtual special session kicks off Thursday morning. There won’t be live public comment, but Utahns can submit their thoughts on bills through the Legislature’s website directly to their representatives or to all lawmakers.  Those public comments will not be viewable on the Legislature’s website after they’re submitted though.  “We are

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Here’s what you need to know about the Legislature’s upcoming digital special session

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. The Utah Legislature will meet beginning Thursday in its first-ever digital special session as lawmakers confront a range of issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. While the core functions of this special session will remain the same as ever — lawmakers will still debate and vote on bills — there are some key

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Digital special session

The Legislature will kick off a special session to deal with the impacts of COVID-19 this Thursday, and we want to be sure you have all the information you need to get involved. The session could go for up to 10 days, and will be held entirely online.  The historic nature of the special session

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Coronavirus in Utah

Coronavirus, Novel Coronavirus, COVID-19–names that confuse, strike fear, and bewilder the general public. These words have become part of our every-day lexicon. There is not a day that goes by when there is not at least one discussion of the virus and how it is upending everyone’s lives. What started as a conversation in December

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