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A demonstration at the Red Cross Emergency Ambulance Station in Washington, D.C., during the influenza pandemic of 1918. | Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division via AP

SALT LAKE CITY — When the new coronavirus began ravaging the world, most people had no idea just how much damage a viral outbreak could do to the world’s health, wealth and social fabric.

But a 2004 book by John M. Barry titled “The Great Influenza” chronicles how the 1918-19 influenza outbreak became the deadliest pandemic in history, and it offers both insight and warnings about how to mitigate future pandemics, which the author concludes are inevitable.

It was the book former President George W. Bush reportedly read that caused him to charge Homeland Security personnel with formulating an ambitious pandemic response plan that included a national stockpile of face masks and ventilators, and a process to fast-track vaccines and other treatments in 2005.

While some of that became a reality, many of those things Barry warned about were not heeded, including allocating resources to vaccine development in U.S. labs and making sure all governments report viral and disease outbreaks accurately to the World Health Organization.

Among the issues he cited was the fact that China’s decision to “initially lie and hide” the 2003 SARS outbreak put the world at risk. He asserted that if WHO, led by the U.S., didn’t find a way to make sure all countries accurately report disease outbreaks, an influenza-like virus would, once again, sicken and kill record numbers of people, despite 100 years of medical advances.

The book provides details into everything from the rise of American medicine to how lingering effects of influenza could have led to President Woodrow Wilson’s abrupt decision to accept the Treaty of Versailles to end World War I when he’d consistently advocated for …read more

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Craig Bolerjack, center, calls the play-by-play at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City as the Utah Jazz play the Denver Nuggets in the NBA bubble in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. At left, former Jazz player Thurl Bailey gives analysis while at right Tyson Ewing helps track stats.

Craig Bolerjack, center, calls the play-by-play at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City as the Utah Jazz play the Denver Nuggets in the NBA bubble in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. At left, former Jazz player Thurl Bailey gives analysis while at right Tyson Ewing helps track stats. | Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Unless maybe it’s talking about how close they used to cut it and still make their airline flights — a vanishing art form in the post 9-11 days — the war stories veteran sportscasters most love to talk about are the precarious places from which they’ve broadcast sporting events.

Craig Bolerjack, the longtime Jazz announcer, remembers his first gig doing play-by-play for high school football games in Kansas almost 40 years ago, perched in a 5-foot-wide crow’s nest atop a swaying 30-foot telephone pole; he remembers the 32 days he spent in Norway covering the Lillehammer Olympics back when he was the KSL sports anchor, doing his daily live reports in 18-below weather — at 3 in the morning; he remembers when the Rodney King riots didn’t let the Jazz go on the court, or him on the air, for five days as they all stayed sequestered in an L.A. hotel.

But he can’t remember anything quite as strange as what he’s doing in the summer of 2020.

For one thing, the NBA shouldn’t be playing basketball in August. For another, he shouldn’t be calling the action 2,200 miles from courtside.

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Craig Bolerjack calls the play-by-play at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City as the Utah Jazz play the Denver Nuggets in the NBA bubble in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020.

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While the brothers already had a couple hundred thousand subscribers to their channel, the tweet above was what really triggered their viral moment, with many quoting it and commenting on how “wholesome” the clip is.

The Williams brothers, who live with their mom in Gary, have also reacted to oldies like Dolly Parton’s masterpiece “Jolene,” which they loved for Parton’s storytelling ability, and Luciano Pavarotti’s rendition of “Nessun dorma” from the opera Turandot, which found them admiring the late tenor’s golden pipes but unsure how to react otherwise.

Parton couldn’t help but take notice of the video and tweeted it from her official account, writing, “No point in begging…Jolene already stole these two.”

The Williams twins update their channel on a regular basis and their positivity, enthusiasm, and openness are hard to beat for an uplifting yet somehow never corny diversion at a time when—more than ever—people might need to forget the world outside for a moment and enjoy something uncomplicated and uplifting.

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Motorists drive in Big Cottonwood Canyon on Sunday. According to KSL meteorologist Dan Guthrie, residents along the Wasatch Front can expect the weather to be sunny and dry for the week ahead. Fire danger will be on the rise in northern Utah with breezy conditions. Highs will continue to sit in the middle 90s through Thursday before climbing to near 100. Lows for the week will be in the upper 60s. Still no decent storm chances for the next seven to 10 days.

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Medical assistant Jazmyn Johnston administers a COVID-19 test outside of the Intermountain Healthcare Salt Lake Clinic in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020.

Medical assistant Jazmyn Johnston administers a COVID-19 test outside of the Intermountain Healthcare Salt Lake Clinic in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. | Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah reported 376 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Sunday with one new death.

A Cache County man between the ages of 45 and 64, who was hospitalized at the time of his death, is the latest to die from the virus, according to Utah health officials. He is the only death to be reported in Utah this weekend.

A total of 336 people have now died in Utah from the coronavirus and 44,127 have tested positive.

The rolling seven-day average for positive tests is 411 per day. The rolling seven-day average for percent of positive laboratory tests is 9.1%, the health department stated.

There were 196 people hospitalized in Utah due to COVID-19 as of Sunday. A total of 2,620 have been hospitalized since the outbreak began, according to health officials. A total of 33,914 people are considered “recovered.”

A total of 570,613 people had been tested in Utah as of Sunday, an increase of 4,258 from Saturday.

The latest breakdown of Utah cases, hospitalizations and deaths by health district:
Salt Lake County, 20,628; 1,344 hospitalized; 189 deaths.
Utah County, 8,719; 403 hospitalized; 37 deaths.
Davis County, 3,224; 180 hospitalized; 21 deaths.
Southwest Utah, 3,210; 179 hospitalized; 25 deaths.
Weber-Morgan, 2,824; 177 hospitalized; 25 deaths.
Bear River (Box Elder, Cache, Rich), 2,303; 107 hospitalized; 7 deaths.
Summit County, 710; 53 hospitalized; 1 death.
San Juan County, 648; 83 hospitalized; 25 deaths.
Tooele County, 581; 30 hospitalized; 0 deaths.
Wasatch County, 563; 21 hospitalized; 4 deaths.
Central Utah, 426; 25 hospitalized; 2 deaths.
TriCounty (Uinta Basin), 179; 12 hospitalized; 0 deaths.
Southeast Utah, 112; 6 hospitalized; 0 deaths.

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SALT LAKE CITY — Fire investigators on Sunday were looking into what started a fire that burned several recreational vehicles in a remote area on the city’s west side.

Fire crews were called to an industrial area near 2945 W. 500 South about 1 a.m. on a report of wood pallets on fire, which spread to several vehicles, according to the Salt Lake City Fire Department. There were also reports of propane tanks exploding in the fire.

As of Sunday, investigators did not have an estimated dollar loss from the damage. It was also unknown how the fire started. Salt Lake City Fire Battalion Chief Ryan Mellor said investigators were looking into reports that there was some type of gathering at the location prior to the fire starting.

One firefighter was treated for minor injuries at the scene and released.

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HOLLADAY — A 39-year-old man remained in critical condition Sunday after being shot by police.

About 12:15 p.m. Saturday, Unified police officers were notified of a man who was possibly armed and suicidal in the Millcreek area. The man was found a short time later, about 12:40 p.m., on the top level of a three-story parking structure in Holladay,

Unified police attempted to negotiate with the armed man for about 30-minutes before something happened and shots were fired at 1:13 p.m., according to police. It was not known Sunday what prompted police to shoot or if the man fired his weapon.

The man’s name has not been released. No officers were injured.

The incident was the second officer-involved shooting in Utah in 24 hours.

A man was shot and killed by police in Clinton about 2 a.m. Saturday after the suspect allegedly fired on officers. A police K-9 named “Mik” was shot in the face and underwent surgery but was expected to make a full recovery, according to Roy police.

It was unknown Sunday how many officers fired their weapons, or whether they were all from the Roy Police Department. The deceased suspect’s name and age were not released. Roy police stated they expected to release more information on Monday.

The shooting was also the second in four days for Unified police. On Tuesday, Shane Gwynn, 30, was shot and killed after police say he pointed at gun at an officer who was charing after him near 5400 South and 5400 West in Kearns

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David Archuleta is currently still scheduled to perform at the Tuacahn Amphitheatre Nov. 13-14. | Cyrus Pamganiban

David Archuleta, Brian Regan, They Might be Giants, Alan Jackson and Def Leppard are among the acts that currently remain on the 2020 calendar.

SALT LAKE CITY — Next year is already trying to make up for the shortage of live concerts in 2020.

Here’s a rundown of all the big shows in Utah that were slated for 2020 — the canceled, the postponed and, as of now, the concerts on this year’s calendar that are still happening.

This list is not all-inclusive and will be updated as new information comes in. Businesses that cancel their shows can send information to features@deseretnews.com.

Vivint Arena

Canceled

Aug. 14 – Camila Cabello (refunds are currently being processed, according to Vivint Arena’s website).
Oct. 11 — Judas Priest (tickets will automatically be refunded from the ticketing company in approximately 30 days)
Oct. 15 — Def Leppard with ZZ Top

Still happening?

Oct. 2 — Alan Jackson

Set for 2021

Feb. 6 — Michael Buble (rescheduled from May)

Rescheduled for 2021

May 15 — Nathan Pacheco (originally scheduled for Aug. 21)June 11 — Iliza Shlesinger (originally scheduled for Aug. 28) Tuacahn Amphitheatre

Still happening?

According to Tuacahn Amphitheatre’s website, the following shows are still on for this year:

Oct. 26-27 — Brian Regan
Oct. 27-31 — Odyssey Dance Theatre’s “Thriller”
Nov. 5-6 — The Beach Boys
Nov. 7 — Lee Brice
Nov. 12 — The Magic of Queen
Nov. 13-14 — David Archuleta

Rescheduled for 2021

March 13 — Brody Dolyniuk presents Elton John’s greatest hitsDeer Valley Music Festival

The Deer Valley Music Festival, originally scheduled to run July 3 through Aug. 12, was postponed until 2021. Much of the 2020 lineup remains the same, with two special additions: Kristin Chenoweth and The Temptations.

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