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(Image courtesy of CDC) An illustration, provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, of the novel coronavirus. The recently discovered "UK variant" of the virus, which is more contagious, has been found in Utah, the Utah Department of Health reported on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021.

More contagious COVID-19 variant has arrived in Utah, state health department says

By Sean P. Means | January 16, 2021, 12:49 a.m.

(Jordan Strauss |  Associated Press file photo) Musician Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, seen here at the 2019 Academy Awards, is one of the people scheduled to appear in online panels and talks at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. Thompson, best known as the leader of The Roots, is director of “Summer of Soul (… Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised),” which has been selected for the festival's U.S. Documentary competition.

Questlove, Robin Wright, Rita Moreno among the stars set to appear in Sundance Film Festival online talks

By Sean P. Means | January 15, 2021, 5:12 p.m.

(Photo courtesy of the Price City Police Department) An Amber Alert was issued Thursday for 1-month-old girl Vallye Lorane Turner, who was found safe later that evening.

Baby girl taken by her mother found safe, police say

By Sean P. Means | January 15, 2021, 4:08 a.m.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson talks about the problems that happened with the online vaccine registration this morning, onWednesday, Jan. 13, 2021.

Gov. Cox sees vaccine glitches as a good sign, as Salt Lake County seniors are frustrated by problems for a second day

By Scott D. Pierce | Sean P. Means | January 15, 2021, 2:31 a.m.

(Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) Gov. Spencer Cox speaks at a news conference in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021.

Gov. Spencer Cox will keep age requirement at 70 for COVID-19 vaccine

By Sean P. Means | January 14, 2021, 11:55 p.m.

(Trent Nelson  |  Salt Lake Tribune file photo) Health care workers conduct COVID-19 testing at the University of Utah Health's Farmington Health Center on Friday, July 31, 2020. A new study, conducted in part by U. of U. Health scientists, find more than half of health care workers dealing with COVID-19 cases are also more at risk for mental health problems.

Front-line COVID-19 caregivers face risks to their mental health, University of Utah study says

By Sean P. Means | January 12, 2021, 8:03 p.m.

(Glen Wilson  |  courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures) Daniel Kaluuya, top, plays Black Panther Party leader Fred Hampton, while LaKeith Stanfield (in front of the podium) plays his friend-turned-informant, William O'Neal, in director Shaka King's political drama "Judas and the Black Messiah." The film has been added to the Premieres program of the 2021 Sundance Film Festival.

Sundance festival adds ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ and an Egyptian soccer documentary

By Sean P. Means | January 12, 2021, 7:07 p.m.

(Chris Detrick  |   Tribune file photo) Legendary Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan, shown here yelling to his players during a game in 2009, died May 22, 2020, at the age of 78.

Noteworthy Utahns who died in 2020: Judges, advocates, artists, athletes, coaches, trailblazers

By Sean P. Means | Nate Carlisle | January 12, 2021, 4:27 p.m.

(Jeffrey D. Allred | Deseret News, pool) Gov. Spencer Cox speaks at the Utah State Capitol during the weekly COVID-19 press conference in Salt Lake City, Friday, Jan. 8, 2021.

Gov. Spencer Cox promises to speed up COVID-19 vaccinations in Utah

By Sean P. Means | Erin Alberty | January 12, 2021, 4:56 a.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  | The Salt Lake Tribune) University of Utah Health begins administering the second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine as pharmacy resident Chanah Gallagher gives Christy Mulder, an RN in the MICU, her second dose on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021.

Nearly a thousand Utahns have received both shots of the COVID-19 vaccine — but many doses have yet to be given out

By Sean P. Means | January 8, 2021, 1:12 a.m.

(Courtesy of Sundance Institute) A boy reads with his pet, one of the many thing happening on July 25, 2020, captured for the documentary "Life in a Day 2020," directed by Kevin Macdonald. It's an official selection of the Special Screenings section at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival — one that will be available for free to Utah residents.

How to get tickets for 2021 Sundance Film Festival, which only will be online in Utah

By Sean P. Means | January 7, 2021, 7:22 p.m.

(Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) Abbie Lunda, an LPN with Ivy Lane Pediatrics in Ogden receives the COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday. The Weber-Morgan Health Department began distributing the COVID-19 vaccine to health care workers in non-hospital settings at Weber State University's Dee Events Center, Jan. 5, 2020. The health department hopes to vaccinate 1,000 a day.

As another 18 Utahns die from COVID-19, some health workers are getting their second vaccine dose

By Scott D. Pierce | Sean P. Means | January 7, 2021, 6:08 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  | The Salt Lake Tribune) Wendy Moench claps as she exclaims “COVID go away!” while receiving the Moderna vaccine alongside other seniors and staff at assisted living center The Ridge Foothill in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020, as the rollout continues at long-term care facilities.

Utah’s nursing homes welcome their first COVID-19 vaccines with noisemakers and applause

By Sean P. Means | Erin Alberty | January 7, 2021, 4:59 p.m.

(Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) Alexa Gutierrez, an optometrist with Legacy Vision Group in West Haven, receives the COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday. The Weber-Morgan Health Department began distributing the COVID-19 vaccine to health care workers in non-hospital settings at Weber State University's Dee Events Center, Jan. 5, 2020. The health department hopes to vaccinate 1,000 a day.

As COVID-19 vaccinations continue across Utah, the state’s tally lags behind

By Sean P. Means | January 6, 2021, 2:29 p.m.

(Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) Kylie Archuleta and Joshua Brimhall conduct COVID-19 testing at the University of Utah Health's Farmington Health Center on Friday, July 31, 2020.

Explainer: Why you should be concerned about Utah’s COVID-19 test positivity rate

By Sean P. Means | January 5, 2021, 1:02 a.m.

(Daniel Power  |  courtesy of Focus Features / Sundance Institute) Robin Wright directs and stars in the drama "Land." It's an official selection of the Premieres section at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival.

Here are the 72 feature films in the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, which will mostly screen online

By Sean P. Means | January 5, 2021, 12:33 a.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  | The Salt Lake Tribune) Pharmacy tech Mikaela Brigino, center, joins other healthcare professionals as they prepare the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for seniors and staff at assisted living The Ridge Foothill in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020, as the rollout continues at long-term care facilities.

Utah sets new daily record for COVID-19 cases, as officials warn of a post-Christmas surge

By Sean P. Means | December 31, 2020, 11:43 p.m.

(Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) North Davis firefighter/EMT Ashley Shelton, right, shares a laugh with her coworker Chris Belliston as the two receive the vaccine while on duty Wednesday. Davis County Health Department operated a drive-thru vaccination for non-hospital health care workers and first responders at the Legacy Center in Farmington, Dec. 30, 2020.

Utah’s vaccine rollout has been ‘slow,’ says the state official leading it

By Sean P. Means | Becky Jacobs | December 31, 2020, 3:32 a.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |  Salt Lake Tribune file photo)  The Sundance Film Festival kicks into high gear along Main street in Park City on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. Festival organizers announced on Dec. 30, 2020, that hopes for any in-person events at the 2021 festival have been dashed.

2021 Sundance Film Festival cancels plans for in-person events in Park City

By Sean P. Means | December 31, 2020, 2:48 a.m.

(Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) "I won't feel 100% safe until this all of this is over," said Riley Swain, 32, serving patrons at Harp and Hound, a pub in Ogden on Monday, but he said he's OK with letting those 75 and older get the coronavirus vaccine before he does. Gov. Gary Herbert's COVID-19 Unified Command on Monday, Dec. 28, 2020, adopted recommendations for Phase 2 of Utah's COVID-19 vaccine rollout, which includes removing food and restaurant workers from the list of people eligible to receive the vaccine early.

Utahns 75 and older will be first in line for COVID-19 vaccine in next phase of rollout

By Sean P. Means | December 29, 2020, 1:51 a.m.

(Clay Enos  |  courtesy of Warner Bros.) Wonder Woman, played by Gal Gadot, disarms a pair of thieves in an '80s shopping mall, in a scene from "Wonder Woman 1984." Five theaters along the Wasatch Front ranked in the top 10 nationally for ticket sales of the DC Comics-based superheroine action movie over Christmas weekend.

Utah theaters lead the nation in bringing in audiences for ‘Wonder Woman 1984’

By Sean P. Means | December 28, 2020, 8:57 p.m.

(Photo courtesy of Mary Cybulski/Netflix)  Jesse Plemons, left, and Jessie Buckley in a scene from "I'm Thinking of Ending Things."

The top 10 movies of 2020: Big thoughts when we were stuck at home

By Sean P. Means | December 27, 2020, 6:03 p.m.

(Image courtesy of Disney/Pixar) The spirit of jazz musician Joe Gardner, right (voiced by Jamie Foxx), tries to show an unfinished soul, 22 (voiced by Tina Fey) about the joy of New York pizza, in a scene from the animated film "Soul."

Two Utah natives talk about working on Pixar’s ‘Soul’

By Sean P. Means | December 25, 2020, 5:52 p.m.

(Image courtesy of Disney/Pixar) Joe Gardner (voiced by Jamie Foxx) is a New York jazz musician who goes on an adventure to the soul realm, in Disney/Pixar's animated tale "Soul." It debuts on Friday, Dec. 25, 2020, on the Disney+ streaming service.

Review: Pixar’s ‘Soul’ is a warmly surreal look into what makes humans who we are

By Sean P. Means | December 25, 2020, 5:51 p.m.

(Clay Enos | Warner Bros.) Gal Gadot returns as the Amazon superheroine in "Wonder Woman 1984," an action sequel that debuts in theaters where open and streaming on HBO Max on Friday, Dec. 25, 2020.

Review: ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ is a dismal step backward for DC’s iconic superheroine

By Sean P. Means | December 25, 2020, 5:44 p.m.