Utah moves into ‘steady state’ of pandemic, many testing options are going away

Mar 30, 2022, 5:32 PM | Updated: Jun 18, 2022, 8:33 pm

SALT LAKE CITY – Several major changes are coming for COVID-19 testing in Utah starting Friday, April 1.

The state will no longer offer free travel testing, and most other state-sponsored testing will go away.

The Utah Department of Health will still keep a close eye on the virus.

Utah is entering a new phase in its response to COVID-19 called the “steady state.” The Utah Department of Health will start to treat it like other diseases but remain ready to respond to any new wave of COVID-19.

With good access to vaccines and boosters and a high degree of immunity through infection, the COVID-19 response will start to look more like responses to other infectious diseases, like the seasonal flu.

“We are also going to be ready and prepared in case there are things that come back related to COVID-19, or there are increases that we would be able to ramp back up the services,” said Nate Checketts, executive Director of the Utah Department of Health.

Starting Friday, state-sponsored sites are ending, that includes the travel testing lanes in Salt Lake City and St. George.

“Travelers will need to find private providers to provide that testing,” said Checketts. “Travelers are responsible for figuring out what is required from them.”

UDOH says that the cost ranges from $60-$250.

In June 2022 Nomi Health opened several mobile testing sites across Utah.

The healthcare company also opened a test-to-travel location.

Here is the list of the new COVID-19 testing locations.

  • Sandy Library, 10100 Petunia Way Sandy UT 84092 (SE Corner), Mon-Sat, 9-6 pm (testing)
  • Ogden Regional Medical Center, 5475 S 500 E Ogden UT 84405 (SW Parking Lot), Mon – Sat, 9-6pm (testing)
  • West Valley City – Centennial Park, 5405 W 3100 S West Valley City UT 84119 (SW Parking lot), Mon-Fri, 9-6pm, Sat 11-7pm (testing), Th-Fri 9-6pm, Sat 11-7pm (vaccine)
  • Provo Towne Centre Mall, 1200 Towne Centre Blvd. Provo UT 84601 (North parking Lot), Mon-Sat, 9-6pm (testing)
  • SLC1 West Parking Lot, 777 N 5600 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84116, Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday, 12-7pm (PCR, Antigen, Rapid PCR and Rapid Molecular Travel Testing for “Test to Travel” program) NOTE: Rapid Molecular Travel Testing provided at this location for $179. Results in 30 minutes for travel needs.

You can still find information on COVID-19 testing, travel testing, and vaccines and boosters at People will want to start using their regular healthcare systems, and private providers.

“Always working during this period to make sure that testing resources are available to our vulnerable communities. So, we will be continuing some sites in those communities,” the executive director said.

“Our systems really are quite stable, and we will be able to go forward and monitor things,” said Dr. Leisha Nolen, state epidemiologist.

She said the department still has good surveillance of COVID-19 in hospitals and wastewater.

“We can see whether or not there is Covid in that water, and we’ve been able to do that for over a year. We have good data showing when it goes up. We know the cases are about to go up,” Nolen said.

Despite ramping down the response, the state said it will be ready to respond to COVID-19 again when necessary.

“We all expect there will be additional waves. We will have new variants of Covid coming through, and our communities will need to be aware of that,” Nolen said.

She is still encouraging those who are eligible to get their COVID-19 booster shot. So far, only 30% of Utahn’s have received that extra protection which is effective at preventing hospitalization and death.

KSL 5 TV Live


Deer Creek Reservoir...

Alex Cabrero

State parks expecting another record visitation year, hiring more workers

It didn't matter how cold or snowy it was at Deer Creek State Park Friday afternoon. Nothing was going to stop Leonard Sawyer from taking his boat out to do a little fishing.

7 days ago

FILE —  Respiratory virus illness activity continues to increase across the US.
(Joe Burbank/Orl...

Emma Benson

‘Not viruses to mess around with’: Experts urge caution during ongoing ‘tripledemic’

Experts say though not as severe as last year, this winter we're seeing another "tripledemic" – rising cases of COVID-19, flu and RSV in Utah.

1 month ago

Skiers and snowboarders at the Beaver Mountain Resort...

Mike Anderson and Michael Houck, KSL TV

Ski resorts prepare for influx of snow and people

Many Utah ski resorts are finally getting the snow they waited all December for, just in time for another big storm.

1 month ago

FILE - COVID-19 antigen home tests. (AP Photo/Patrick Sison, File)Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS...

Emma Benson

‘The ICUs are full:’ Keep yourself and others healthy this holiday

It's time for holiday gatherings, but with more people around us comes a greater risk of getting sick.

2 months ago

Julianna Preece goes through the mountain of medical documents she's acquired for her health condit...

Lauren Steinbrecher

Herriman couple is suing CVS, says 5x Covid vaccine dose mistake caused health problems

A couple is suing a Utah CVS vaccination clinic, saying a nurse’s mistake led to the wife receiving five times the normal COVID-19 vaccine dose and caused serious health issues she’s still dealing with today.

3 months ago

FILE - COVID-19 antigen home tests. (AP Photo/Patrick Sison, File)Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS...

Associated Press

More free COVID-19 tests from the government are available for home delivery through the mail

Americans can order more free COVID-19 tests online for home delivery.

3 months ago

Sponsored Articles

Modern chandelier hanging from a white slanted ceiling with windows in the backgruond...

Lighting Design

Light Up Your Home With These Top Lighting Trends for 2024

Check out the latest lighting design trends for 2024 and tips on how you can incorporate them into your home.

Technician woman fixing hardware of desktop computer. Close up....

PC Laptops

Tips for Hassle-Free Computer Repairs

Experiencing a glitch in your computer can be frustrating, but with these tips you can have your computer repaired without the stress.

Close up of finger on keyboard button with number 11 logo...

PC Laptops

7 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade Your Laptop to Windows 11

Explore the benefits of upgrading to Windows 11 for a smoother, more secure, and feature-packed computing experience.

Stylish room interior with beautiful Christmas tree and decorative fireplace...

Lighting Design

Create a Festive Home with Our Easy-to-Follow Holiday Prep Guide

Get ready for festive celebrations! Discover expert tips to prepare your home for the holidays, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for unforgettable moments.

Battery low message on mobile device screen. Internet and technology concept...

PC Laptops

9 Tips to Get More Power Out of Your Laptop Battery

Get more power out of your laptop battery and help it last longer by implementing some of these tips from our guide.

Users display warnings about the use of artificial intelligence (AI), access to malicious software ...

Les Olson

How to Stay Safe from Cybersecurity Threats

Read our tips for reading for how to respond to rising cybersecurity threats in 2023 and beyond to keep yourself and your company safe.

Utah moves into ‘steady state’ of pandemic, many testing options are going away