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With daunting lines for testing, UDOH asks people to try other options

Jan 11, 2022, 5:46 PM | Updated: Jun 8, 2022, 6:45 pm

SALT LAKE CITY — One important factor in the long lines for COVID-19 testing around Utah is staffers who would be at testing locations are at home, sick with COVID-19 instead.

The Utah Department of Health said at this point it doesn’t really have any ability to add more testing sites and they are asking state residents to please help them. The agency is asking those who may be heading to state-sponsored sites to check online, and pre-register, before arriving at a location.

A handful of sites are now appointment-only and anyone expecting to get a test, must arrive at least an hour before the testing site closes.

UDOH said because of big demand, it is asking people to shop around and consider some of the private-provider locations as an option.

And, for those who know they are sick, there is another solution: stay home. Staff at state testing sites are getting exposed and sick, according to UDOH, just like seemingly everywhere else in Utah.

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With daunting lines for testing, UDOH asks people to try other options