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New rapid COVID-19 testing coming to Utah

SALT LAKE CITY– Testing for the coronavirus should improve soon in Utah with new rapid COVID-19 testing machines on their way.

The 15 machines from Abbott Laboratories can run rapid COVID-19 tests which can give results in 15 minutes. They use the same technology that powers some rapid flu tests.

The FDA recently approved the machines.

The machines started shipping around the country on Tuesday.

“Testing continues to be the biggest challenge we face. I’ve mentioned this probably every time I’ve had a press conference. It is a challenge, and it is also the solution,” said Governor Herbert on Monday.

These new machines will test another 100 people per day. But they still need enough equipment like test kits, masks and swabs to make a bigger impact.

 


How To Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus

COVID-19 coronavirus is transmitted from person to person. It is a virus that is similar to the common cold and the flu. So, to prevent it from spreading:

  • Wash hands frequently and thoroughly, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds.
  • Don’t touch your face.
  • Keep children and those with compromised immune systems away from someone who is coughing or sneezing (in this instance, at least six feet)
  • If there is an outbreak near you, practice social distancing (stay at home, instead of going to the movies, sports events, or other activities.)
  • Get a flu shot.

Local resources

State of Utah:  https://coronavirus.utah.gov/

Utah State Board of Education

Utah Hospital Association

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Utah Coronavirus Information Line – 1-800-456-7707

National Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Commonly asked questions, World Health Organization

Cases in the United States