Appointments Required for COVID-19 Testing

For COVID-19 self-testing or other COVID-19 testing at University of Utah Health, you must schedule an appointment.

How to Make a Testing Appointment

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Make a Testing Appointment

You must schedule an appointment to receive a test for COVID-19. Appointment scheduling is conveniently available through your MyChart account. COVID-19 testing appointments are available to patients who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

We offer limited appointment slots for:

If you can't get a testing appointment at University of Utah Health, find another testing location near you.  

Holidays

For holidays we regularly close our testing centers. This is to give our staff time to rest and recover with their loved ones. The well-being and health of our staff is a top priority so we can keep testing services running at full capacity. Find other testing locations.

Contact Us

801-587-0712

COVID-19 Testing Payment

All patients will be billed for COVID-19 testing. If you are insured, U of U Health will send the bill to your insurance provider. Please contact your insurance provider for more information on coverage for COVID-19 testing.

Patients with no insurance will be billed $100 for COVID-19 testing. However, uninsured individuals may qualify for COVID-19 testing coverage through Medicaid for medically necessary tests if they are a US citizen and a Utah resident.

Financial assistance options may also be available to cover COVID-19 testing costs.

If your provider requires you to take a COVID-19 test before a procedure at one of our hospitals or clinics, you will not be billed for the test.

You can also order four free at-home rapid antigen COVID-19 tests from USPS.

COVID-19 Testing Requirements

COVID-19 tests at U of U Health are for people who:

  • have COVID-19 symptoms or
  • have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

COVID-19 testing is recommended three to five days after exposure. 

We are currently not testing asymptomatic patients unless they have had a high-risk exposure or they have an order from a U of U Health provider. This includes employment “return to work” testing or any test orders written by non-U of U Health providers. 

Self-Serve COVID-19 Testing

You must have an appointment to use our self-serve testing kiosks. On the day of your scheduled appointment, you will take one PCR test (either saliva or nasal swab) from a self-serve kiosk. Saliva tests are preferred; however, you may choose a nasal swab test instead if you have trouble producing enough saliva. We do not offer rapid tests. 

You will complete the test inside your vehicle, your home, or another convenient location and return your test sample to a designated drop box at the kiosk the same day as your scheduled appointment.  See our instructions for how to complete a COVID-19 test at a self-serve kiosk.

Self-serve testing kiosks are located outside of:

Testing kiosks will be open from 7:30am to 6pm, Monday through Friday. 

Learn More about Self-Serve Testing

COVID-19 Testing with a Clinical Staff Member

On the day of your scheduled appointment for COVID-19 testing, you will come After you schedule your appointment to get tested at one of clinics, When you come to one of our clinics to get tested for COVID-19, a member of our clinical staff will give you a saliva test kit that you may complete in your car, your home, or another convenient location of your choosing. The kit will include instructions on how to complete the test. You will return the completed test to the same U of U Health location where you picked it up. See our COVID-19 saliva test instructions

Patients with mobility limitations or who are unable to produce saliva will receive assistance in completing a test. If necessary, we still offer nasal swabs for COVID-19 testing.

To Get Tested for COVID-19

If you have any of the following symptoms and you suspect you may have COVID-19, you can be evaluated and tested:

  • Fever or chills
  • New/worsening cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Sore throat
  • Generally feeling ill
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain/aches
  • Decreased sense of smell or taste
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

We are currently not testing asymptomatic patients (patients without symptoms) unless they have had a high-risk exposure or have an order from a U of U Health provider. This includes employment return-to-work testing or any test orders written by non-U of U Health providers.

Test Results

U of U Health patients should receive their test results 48 to 96 hours after their COVID-19 test.

Positive

The results of your test will be posted in MyChart. U of U Health will also call you and inform you of your positive test result.

If you test positive, you will need to isolate (physically separate) yourself from other people immediately, regardless of your vaccination status. 

Instructions for isolating at home.

Negative

The results of your test will be posted in MyChart. If you do not have a MyChart account, we will provide an activation code at the time of testing. You can also call 801-213-5555 for assistance.

You will only receive a phone call if you test positive for COVID-19. If you test negative for COVID-19 but have symptoms, you may still need to quarantine or isolate yourself from others.

See guidelines for quarantine and isolation.

If you would like to talk to a health care provider about your symptoms, treatments, or any additional concerns, you can make an appointment with our virtual care service. Please call 801-213-8669 or connect to a provider through MyChart.

Learn more about virtual care visits.

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