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COVID-19 testing site at the Maverik Center closes due to less demand

May 21, 2021, 12:05 PM
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FILE: Salt Lake County mobile testers gather information from people as they wait in long lines to get tested for COVID-19 at the county’s testing site in the Maverik Center parking lot in West Valley City on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. (Photo: Deseret News)
(Photo: Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY– Friday is the last day resident can receive a COVID-19 test from the Maverik Center site before it permanently closes due to decreased demand, the Salt Lake County Health Department announced. 

The COVID-19 testing site, located in the overflow parking lot of the Maverik Center, will officially end operations at 3 p.m. on May, 28, the department wrote in a statement Friday. 

County health officials say there’s no longer a need for the testing center. The site is conducting less than 85 COVID-19 tests per day, according to the department, compared to the 1,200 tests per day during the height of testing demand in November 2020. 

Since early June of 2020, test administrators at the site have conducted more than 30,000 COVID-19 tests. 

“Demand for testing has declined in the last couple months as vaccines became widely available,” said Dr. Dagmar Vitek, medical director of the county health department. “This operation has served its purpose and with other local testing opportunities widely available, it’s the right moment to transition public health’s resources to vaccination and other community needs.”

Now, test administrators will shift their focus to vaccination efforts. Even though the testing site is caput after Friday, SLCoHD will continue providing COVID-19 shots at the Maverik Center’s main parking lot. 

Additionally, county health officials will deploy mobile testing sites to areas if needed. 

If you’re in search of a COVID-19 test, visit coronavirus.utah.gov for the list of locations.


How To Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus

COVID-19 coronavirus spreads person to person, 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.
  • Wear a mask to protect yourself and others per CDC recommendations.
  • 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).
  • Obtain a flu shot.
  • Seek out the COVID-19 vaccine.

Local resources

KSL Coronavirus Q&A 

Utah’s Coronavirus Information 

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

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