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U of U Health to offer in-car COVID testing at four locations

Aug 19, 2020, 12:36 PM | Updated: 12:49 pm
University of Utah Health’s Ashley Cameron, left, and Dakota Silva work together as they test peo...
University of Utah Health’s Ashley Cameron, left, and Dakota Silva work together as they test people for COVID-19 during the University of Utah’s Wellness Bus drive-thru testing event at Centennial Park in West Valley City. (PHOTO: File)
(PHOTO: File)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — The University of Utah Health announced Wednesday it will conduct COVID-19 testing at four separate locations, offering reserved times for in-car tests. Making reservations is not required, the company said, but will help reduce wait times. 

Testing sites will be held at the U of U Sugar House, South Jordan, Redwood and Farmington locations. 

“We want patients to be able to have a convenient option to schedule ahead of time, so they don’t wait as long,” said Michael Bronson, administrative director of U of U Health Community Clinics, in a statement.

Patients can reserve a time slot online or through their MyChart account. They can also call the U of U Health coronavirus hotline to schedule a testing time. 

 

Patients who schedule for a reserved testing time will be given first priority at the sites, with others working on a first-come, first-served basis.

As a result, there’s no guarantee all Utahns who drive up can get tested — as testing capacity will remain the same, the company said. Every patient requesting a test will need to meet one of the following criteria in order to receive a COVID-19 test: 

  • History of fever (temperature greater than 100° F/ 37.8° C)
  • New/worsening cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Sore throat
  • Generally feeling ill
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain/aches
  • Decreased sense of smell or taste.

U of U Health said it would not be testing asymptomatic patients unless they are at high risk of exposure and have been recommended by a local health department. Otherwise, they’ll need an order from a University of Utah Health provider. 

“The purpose is to create a better experience for patients,” said Bronson. “Patients can go online and essentially see testing availability from the comfort of their home.”

Patients who get tested at the in-car sites will be required to verify their name and date of birth, before being directed by a health employee on where to go for testing. 

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