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How Could Utah Have Stopped Its Rising COVID-19 Numbers?

Kristin Murphy | Deseret News

After managing to flatten the curve of coronavirus infections earlier this summer, a spike in cases that curve is starting to look much more like the state’s topography of valleys and mountains.

“This is the first time we’ve rolled backwards,” Governor Gary Herbert said in a recent press conference. He has announced additional restrictions for cities in Utah County where young people are driving an increase in COVID-19 cases. In the first hour of the show, we’re asking what’s driving the recent outbreak and how leaders are responding. Could it and should it have been prevented from happening in the first place?


Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
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