University of Utah Commences Testing After Daily Case Count Reach 1,000 or More

Given the new daily case counts which stands at 1,000 or more and the surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations in Utah, the University of Utah has decided to offer testing beginning Monday at the Rice-Eccles Stadium.

The University calls out to locals on the East of Salt Lake Valley together with students, staff and faculty at the University who are showing symptoms for the tests, stating that the testing is for them.

It was added that appointments will be Required.

The testing has been scheduled to hold from 8 a.m. till 4 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. till 12 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays at the stadium, 451 S. 1400 East.

One month ago, the number of hospitalizations was only half the current number.

The numbers are rising daily. According to reports from the Utah department of health, 254 COVID hospitalizations was recorded Sunday which indicates 23 more patients compared to the previous day.

Also, seven new deaths were reported Sunday, bringing the total number of Utahn deaths to 517.

Concerned about the States’ available resources, health officials said the State may not be able to cope if the number of COVID hospitalizations continues to rise in this manner. They added that staffing will be a big issue.

Registration for testing is available on MyChart or the MyChart app. Residents can also use the U of U’s coronavirus hotline.

But the University advised patients to schedule online, noting that high volumes of calls may result in long waits.

Testing will be available on the 500 Southside of the Stadium.