COVID soars, Sundance Film Festival pulls back, and Utah’s newest city

(Chris Samuels | The Salt Lake Tribune) Zack Kolesky administers a coronavirus test to a woman at a center run by Granite School District and the Salt Lake County Department of Health near Thomas Jefferson Junior High in Kearns, Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022.

For the second day running, the Utah Department of Health reports the state’s highest single-day jump in coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic, and medical professionals warn that the worst is yet to come. As a result of the COVID-19 surge, the Sundance Film Festival cancels all in-person screenings.

Utah’s newest city, Erda, is allowed to incorporate — but only after a long saga involving lawsuits, delays and behind-the-scenes political machinations.

At 9 a.m. on Friday, Salt Lake Tribune reporter Leia Larsen, culture editor Sean P. Means and news columnist Robert Gehrke join KCPW’s Roger McDonough to talk about the week’s top stories.

Every Friday at 9 a.m., stream “Behind the Headlines” at kcpw.org, or tune in to KCPW 88.3 FM or Utah Public Radio for the broadcast. Join the live conversation by calling 801-355-TALK.

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