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Utah breaks records again, reports more than 9,400 new coronavirus cases

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The Utah Department of Health on Friday also announced changes to the state’s COVID-19 testing sites.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) A steady stream of vehicles filled with people waiting to be tested for COVID-19 by members of the Utah Department of Health at the Cannon Health Building, December 27, 2021 The Departments of Health on Friday announced changes to state COVID-19 testing sites to minimize wait times.

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The Utah Department of Health on Friday reported 9,469 cases of the new coronavirus – a record number for the third day in a row.

Friday’s tally was up from 8,913 new cases reported on Thursday and 7,247 cases reported on Wednesday. Before this week, the highest number of new cases in a single day was 4,207, reported more than a year ago, on December 30, 2020.

The seven-day average of new positive cases also hit an all-time high for the third day in a row – 5,766. Prior to this week, the highest number used to be 3,392 on November 22, 2020.

The state Department of Health on Friday reported 19 more deaths from COVID-19. Eight of those who died were under the age of 65.

The five deaths reported Friday occurred before December 7 and have only been identified as being caused by COVID-19, the health department advised. The rest – 14 deaths – were reported yesterday.

Check out website changes

The health department on Friday also announced changes to the state’s COVID-19 testing sites in an effort to meet “elevated demand” and minimize wait times, which have been lengthy. clock hours at some locations.

Even after the planned changes went into effect on Saturday, the health department warned that anyone wanting to get tested should be prepared to wait between 30 minutes and four hours at different locations. “We ask that you be patient and respectful of each other and our employees,” advised UDOH.

At testing sites with wait times longer than an hour, at-home tests will be made available to those waiting in line, as supplies last.

The agency recommends that anyone with COVID-19 symptoms who choose not to get tested should stay home and away from others for at least five days from the onset of those symptoms. If symptoms persist, you should isolate until symptoms are gone.

The following changes are planned for state testing sites:

Necessary appointments at locations

As of Saturday, appointments will be required at the following locations: Cannon Health Building (including traveler testing) in Salt Lake City, Timpanogos Regional Hospital in Orem, local Bountiful testing site and West Jordan testing site.

The health ministry said these testing sites are often in high demand and have long wait times. You can book an appointment online at testutah.com.

Arrive one hour before closing time

Test lines starting on Saturday will be cut off an hour before closing time, so you must arrive before that time.

Those arriving after stores have closed may be offered at-home testing kits if they are available. Otherwise, you will be asked to come back the next day.

The directive does not apply to those who have an appointment during the last hours the location is open, the health department recommends.

No work-related events or trials

The health department has announced that the state will not provide tests to people who need them to report to work or attend events.

Those who need to check for work or events should come instead testutah.com and look for non-state-sponsored testing sites, consulted by the health department, or work with employers and event organizers to find other testing options.

– This story is under development and will be updated.

https://www.sltrib.com/news/2022/01/07/utah-announces-changes/ Utah breaks records again, reports more than 9,400 new coronavirus cases

Yasmin Harisha

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