CORONAVIRUS

Utah Dept. of Health adjusts testing site protocols after locations swamped by demand

Jan 7, 2022, 10:45 AM | Updated: 11:21 am
Cars wrap around the Maverik Center in West Valley City waiting for COVID-19 tests. (Chopper 5/KSL TV)
(Chopper 5/KSL TV)

SALT LAKE CITY — Utahns looking for a COVID-19 test from a state-sponsored site will have to get an appointment for certain sites and arrive at least one hour before closing time, according to new adjustments from the Utah Department of Health.

UDOH officials also said state-sponsored sites “will no longer provide testing for people who need a test to attend events, or for people who need regular testing for their work.”

“Anyone needing testing for these reasons should visit this website and search for non-state sponsored testing locations or work directly with the event or their employer to identify other testing options,” UDOH said.

The changes are being made to help reduce wait times, which have stretched into the hours at some locations.

Appointment-only sites

  • Cannon Health Building (including traveler testing)
  • Bountiful
  • Timpanogos Regional Hospital (Orem)
  • West Jordan

Appointments can be made at TestUtah.com.

UDOH officials have also modified closing time procedures at all of its locations and said anyone seeking a test must arrive at least one hour prior to a site’s publicized closing times in order to be tested.

Anyone who arrives after this time will be offered an at-home test kit, if available, or they will have to return another day.

“Anyone seeking testing should be prepared for long lines right now,” UDOH officials said. “It’s possible your wait could be from 30 minutes to four hours. We ask you to be patient and respectful of one another and our staff. If you are symptomatic and choose not to be tested, we recommend you stay home and away from others for five days after your symptoms started and you no longer have symptoms.”

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Coronavirus

Salt Lake City Police at the University of Utah Hospital due to a possible bomb threat. (Salt Lake ...
Michael Houck

Police: Unattended bag led to bomb squad response at U of U Hospital

Salt Lake City Police responded to a possible bomb threat at the University of Utah hospital Tuesday afternoon.
12 days ago
Evusheld...
Elizabeth Cohen and Naomi Thomas, CNN

COVID-19 medicine for immunocompromised patients is losing effectiveness

Judy Salins considers herself a smart, empowered patient, but until this week, she had no idea that the medicine she takes to defend herself against Covid-19 isn't protecting her as well as it used to.
16 days ago
Paxlovid, the antiviral pill that reduces the risk of hospitalization and death from Covid-19, also...
Jamie Gumbrecht, CNN

Paxlovid reduces risk of long Covid, Veterans Affairs study finds

Paxlovid, the antiviral pill that reduces the risk of hospitalization and death from Covid-19, also reduces the risk of long Covid, according to a new study by the US Department of Veterans Affairs.
21 days ago
President Joe Biden speaks at a Democratic National Committee event at the Howard Theatre on Octobe...
Darlene Superville, Associated Press

Biden to get updated COVID-19 booster shot, promote vaccine

President Joe Biden was scheduled to get his updated COVID-19 booster shot on Tuesday and urge the public to get theirs to ensure a healthy holiday season.
1 month ago
FILE: (L-R) Co-teachers at Yung Wing School P.S. 124 Marisa Wiezel (who is related to the photograp...
Collin Binkley, AP Education Writer

Test scores show historic COVID setbacks for kids across US

New national test results show that the pandemic spared no part of the country as it caused historic learning setbacks for America’s children.
1 month ago
FILE: Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 (left) and Moderna COVID-19 (right) vaccines are seen at a vaccinati...
Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer

US clears updated COVID boosters for kids as young as 5

The U.S. on Wednesday authorized updated COVID-19 boosters for children as young as 5, seeking to expand protection ahead of an expected winter wave.
2 months ago

Sponsored Articles

house with for rent sign posted...
Chase Harrington, president and COO of Entrata

Top 5 reasons you may want to consider apartment life over owning a home

There are many benefits of renting that can be overshadowed by the allure of buying a home. Here are five reasons why renting might be right for you.
Festive kitchen in Christmas decorations. Christmas dining room....
Lighting Design

6 Holiday Decor Trends to Try in 2022

We've rounded out the top 6 holiday decor trends for 2022 so you can be ahead of the game before you start shopping. 
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to choose what MBA program is right for you: Take this quiz before you apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Diverse Group of Energetic Professionals Team Meeting in Modern Office: Brainstorming IT Programmer...
Les Olson

Don’t let a ransomware attack get you down | Protect your workplace today with cyber insurance

Business owners and operators should be on guard to protect their workplace. Cyber insurance can protect you from online attacks.
Hand turning a thermostat knob to increase savings by decreasing energy consumption. Composite imag...
Lighting Design

5 Lighting Tips to Save Energy and Money in Your Home

Advances in lighting technology make it easier to use smart features to cut costs. Read for tips to save energy by using different lighting strategies in your home.
Portrait of smiling practitioner with multi-ethnic senior people...
Summit Vista

How retirement communities help with healthy aging

There are many benefits that retirement communities contribute to healthy aging. Learn more about how it can enhance your life, or the life of your loved ones.
Utah Dept. of Health adjusts testing site protocols after locations swamped by demand