Who Should Get Tested

For patients who suspect they may have COVID-19, we are offering testing for those with the following symptoms:

  • history of fever (a 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, or
  • decreased sense of smell or taste.

We are currently not testing asymptomatic patients unless they have had a high-risk exposure and have been referred by the health department, or unless they have an order from a University of Utah Health provider. This includes employment “return to work” testing or any test orders written by non-University of Utah Health providers. 

For those undergoing a procedure or for other types of appointments, they may be asked by their provider to have testing for the COVID-19 virus regardless of symptoms.

View Our Testing Locations, Hours, & Other Information
Hotline: 801.587.0712 | Toll Free: 844.745.9325

Protecting Yourself & Physical Distancing

Protect Yourself

You can protect yourself from COVID-19 the same way you protect yourself from other viruses with a few common sense practices. 

Wash your hands thoroughly and often. Make sure you are cleaning between your fingers and under your nails. 

  • Practice physical distancing (social distancing). Keep six feet away from others.
  • Avoid shaking hands, especially with those who appear to be ill. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth as much as possible. 
  • Disinfect shared surfaces. 
  • Stay home when you are sick.

Physical Distancing

The goal of physical distancing is to help us keep from infecting others. Previously called social distancing, we call it physical distancing. We want to remain socially in touch with our families and loved ones, but keep physically distant.

 Infographic with physical (social) distancing tips

When to Seek Medical Care

Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your symptoms. If they feel you should be seen by medical personnel, we request that you call ahead to the health care center or consider a virtual visit. 

Treatment for COVID-19 is like treatment for other respiratory illnesses. There is no vaccine or cure so health care professionals treat the symptoms as best they can. 

Dr. Michael L. Good — Weekly Coronavirus Updates

Dr. Michael L. Good, CEO of University of Utah Health, discusses the latest coronavirus trends in the United States and Utah, the reproduction rate of the disease, hospitalization and inpatient numbers, and the measures we can all take—masking, sanitizing, distancing, and staying home when sick—to slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep our communities safe. 

View All the Latest Updates From U of U Health

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Health care professionals around the world are putting themselves on the front lines to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. They face exposure to the disease, quarantine separation from their families, long hours, and stress… all to save lives.

Help us thank the brave people at University of Utah Health who are making sacrifices to protect our health and wellbeing. Learn about ways you can support our response. 

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