Meet the ASL Interpreters on the Front Lines of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Trenton Marsh, a certified deaf interpreter, and Clay Anderson, an ASL interpreter, are part of every Governor’s Office and Department of Health media briefing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Both are staff with the Utah Division of Services of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. They help ensure all Utahns, including those who are part of Utah’s Deaf community, can access the important public health and safety information being shared during these unprecedented times.

Their work has not gone unnoticed. Recently, KUTV 2, KSL Newsradio and ABC 4 have all highlighted Trenton and Clay's work to help hearing people understand why their efforts are so critical, what their workflow and process is, and how they are able to convey such complex information so seamlessly. The news clips are available below, including transcripts. More...

The U.S. Census Bureau Releases County Population Estimates for 2019

By Lecia Parks Langston, Senior Economist

“Any time you have population growth, there are business opportunities.” Roland Dorson

Next year, actual counts from the decennial census will be available

Hopefully, all Utahns are taking a break from COVID-19 concerns to respond (by phone, online or by mail) to their 2020 Census questionnaires. Since the Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding are spent, accurate counts are important in order for Utah’s communities to get their “fair share.”

Because the actual counts are not yet available, the U.S. Census Bureau has just released the last set of population estimates for the decade. What do they show? More...

COVID-19 Potential Fraud Scam Alert

via the U.S. Department of Agriculture (March 24, 2020)

Please be aware that unscrupulous individuals may use COVID-19 as an opportunity to create a scam in order to steal your personal information. The U.S. Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) has already received at least one report of a potential scam targeting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants. While many organizations are seeking to help communities respond to COVID-19, please be careful with any unknown individual or organization that requests your confidential information. Examples of confidential information include your social security number, bank information, or your SNAP EBT card or PIN number. More...