On this episode of Cool Science Radio:

Lynn and John talk with Josh Fischman, senior editor at Scientific American magazine.

As we continue to live through this pandemic and discover more about the coronavirus, Fischman comes on to explain the most worrying mutations in the five emerging coronavirus variants.  


The public-private partnership Test Utah is offering antigen testing this week in several locations throughout the Wasatch Back. Park City High School at 1750 Kearns Boulevard offers drive through Testing going on today (February 15) and tomorrow (February 16) from 12 to 7 p.m.


On Monday, the Summit County Health Department reported 13 new COVID-19 cases. Wasatch County posted nine.

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COVID-19 cases in Utah are spiking. Friday, Utah saw it’s highest number of new cases since the start of the pandemic.

Eddie Stenehjem is an infectious disease expert at Intermountain Healthcare. He said Utah’s current cases are rivaling the spike the state saw in July.  

But he said the spike was different earlier this summer. Now, the state’s increase in cases is predominantly driven by a younger age group. Stenehjem said most of the new cases arefrom 15-24 years old.


 Governor Gary Herbert said Utah’s doing very well in comparison to other states, during a press conference Thursday. He said Utah’s average caseload is around 400 new cases daily, but he wants to get that average below 400. 


Herbert said Utah’s hospitalization rates are in “good shape.” About 50 percent of hospital beds are available to those in need. But he said they’re ready for anything. 


Summit County Health Department

An early August birthday party held at a lodge in Park City has resulted in 75 new COVID-19 cases. The age range of the afflicted falls into the 25 to 44-year-old demographic and almost all the cases are in the western part of Summit County.

Reports from some party goers indicate that guests who attended were predominantly not wearing face coverings. Summit County Public Health Director Rich Bullough says he’s incredibly frustrated about the incident.


In this episode of Cool Science Radio hosts John Wells and Lynn Ware Peek welcome Mark Honigsbuam who, over a year ago wrote The Pandemic Century: One Hundred Years of Panic, Hysteria, and Hubris. It was an ample foreshadowing of 2020 and he joins us again to talk about the new chapter he has just added to his book, about Coronavirus.

Information about COVID-19 continues to evolve and last week the Utah State Epidemiologist Dr. Angela Dunn held a session responding to frequently asked questions.

COVID-19 continues to illicit ill-conceived notions about the seriousness of the virus on social media sites. For this reason, Governor Gary Herbert and State Epidemiologist Dr. Angela Dunn held a press release addressing frequently asked questions about the virus.

COVID-19 cases continue to rise and Thursday Governor Gary Herbert issued a mask mandate for all school districts in Utah but he still resists issuing a statewide mask order.

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Officials announced the first COVID-19 death in Summit County on Thursday. 

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The Park City Council unanimously decided to cancel all events for the summer season. The council did not approve a 4th of July parade, fireworks or hosting the long running volleyball tournament in the park. The list of cancellations includes Triple Crown baseball and softball, Park City Soccer and Lacrosse tournaments along with Miners Day gatherings.

Press Pool

A state commission on COVID-19 and the Utah Department of Health are at odds on which risk level the state should be at by the end of the week.


Mike Lennon-PCMC

The building maintenance team with Park City Municipal has installed hand sanitizers up and down Main Street. They’ve done other measures to deal with COVID-19 spread while still allowing the soft opening of businesses in town.

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Park City Police Chief Wade Carpenter has tested positive for COVID-19.

Summit County COVID-19 Antibody Testing Is Underway

May 12, 2020
Intermountain Healthcare

A COVID -19 anti-body testing trial is underway in select counties in Utah with Summit County participating in the program. Medical experts warn people not to use the results as a license to discontinue proper distancing and sanitization practices.