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

You can protect yourself and others from COVID-19 by adhering to the following practices: 

  • Wear a mask.
  • Practice physical distancing (social distancing). Keep six feet away from others.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and often. Make sure you are cleaning between your fingers and under your nails. 
  • 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.

Masking Facts

Experts from University of Utah Health and other medical insitutions around the world agree that wearing a mask is one of the most powerful measures we can take to protect ourselves and slow the spread of COVID-19. In the video below, we dive into the science behind masking and answer common questions about how masks work and how they keep us safe.

Sources: 
• Derek K. Chu, et al. “Physical distancing, face masks, and eye protection to prevent person-to-person transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19: a systematic review and meta-analysis.” The Lancet. June 1, 2020.
• Benjamin W. Abbott, et al. “Making sense of the research on COVID-19 and masks.” Brigham Young University College of Life Sciences. July 19, 2020.
“Coronavirus is not canceled: Wear your mask.” Nebraska Medicine. June 3, 2020.
“Transmission of SARS-CoV-2: implications for infection prevention precautions.” World Health Organization. July 9, 2020.
“COVID-19 Pandemic Planning Scenarios.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. July 10, 2020.
• David G. Hill. "From the Frontlines: The Truth About Masks and COVID-19.” American Lung Association. June 18, 2020.
“Fact check: Face masks do not cause the lung condition pleurisy.” Reuters. September 18, 2020.
• Schlich, Thomas and Bruno J. Strasser. “A history of the medical mask and the rise of throwaway culture.” The Lancet. May 22, 2020.
“How to Wear Masks.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. August 7, 2020.
“Face Masks and GDP.” Goldman Sachs Research. June 29, 2020.

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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