Testing Hours

Depending on the needs of our patients and staff, we make changes to hours at University of Utah Heath COVID-19 testing sites. We want to make sure our staff are safe. 

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Make a Testing Appointment

We will ask you to schedule an appointment to receive a test for COVID-19. For the safety of our staff and patients, we have made this change. 

Saliva Testing

We are now doing testing by saliva rather than nasal swabs. Learn more about saliva testing.

Holidays

For holidays we regularly close our testing centers. This is to give U of U Health 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.

All Locations Closed: Thanksgiving Day, Thurs, Nov 26

NOTE: Testing hours updated Nov 19, 2020.

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Contact Us

801-587-0712

Locations for COVID-19 Testing

Holiday Closures

All testing locations will be closed for the following:

Thanksgiving Day, Thurs, Nov 26, 2020

Hours will be different for each location on the day after Thanksgiving (Fri, Nov 27), so please look at the location to see the hours.

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:

  • History of fever (a temperature greater than 100° F/ 37.8° C).
  • New/worsening cough.
  • Shortness of breath or wheezing.
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Sore throat.
  • Generally feeling ill.
  • Chills.
  • Muscle pain/aches.
  • Decreased sense of smell or taste.
  • Nausea and/or diarrhea.

We are currently not testing asymptomatic patients (patients without symptoms) unless they have had a high-risk exposure. High-risk exposure means you have been referred by the health department or 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.

Saliva Testing: Safer & More Convenient

For your convenience and the safety of our health care workers, we are changing testing methods from deep nasal swabbing (nasopharyngeal) to saliva testing. This testing matches the effectiveness of deep nasal swabbing and takes the same amount of time for test results (24–48 hours).

Recent research conducted in collaboration with ARUP Laboratories and University of Utah Health made this evolution possible.

Read more about the ARUP research study.

Not only is saliva testing just as accurate as the deep nasal swab, but it also is much safer for our health care workers. With deep nasal swabbing, our health care workers were exposed to far more particles in the air as they conducted the test.

Now our providers can collect a sample in a much safer, and more convenient method. Saliva tests are also easier to conduct. This means that we can better evaluate your symptoms and get you the treatment you need. 

Saliva Testing: What to Expect

Before you take a saliva test, reserve a testing time to save yourself a long wait. It is also recommended to avoid eating or drinking 30 minutes before the test. It will help to drink more fluids earlier in the day before your testing time as well. 

When you come to get tested for COVID-19, we will hand you a test tube. You will spit into the funnel, fill the tube to the ‘fill line’, and hand the test tube back to the health care worker.

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Test Results

U of U Health patients should receive their test results 24 to 48 hours after their COVID-19 test.

Positive

The results of the test will be posted in MyChart. U of U Health will also call the patient and inform them of their positive test result.

If you test positive for COVID-19, you should stay isolated from other people until you have been fever-free. Your symptoms must have gotten better for at least three days and it must have been at least 10 days since you first got sick.

Other people in your home should quarantine for 14 days since the last time they were around the infected person. Everyone in the house should quarantine until everyone is better.

The Utah Department of Health will also call you if you have been infected. They will give you more instructions on what to do. The health department will ask about who the infected person may have been around physically up to seven days before they got sick. This helps the Utah Department of Health know who else may need to be tested for COVID-19.

If you tested positive for COVID-19 but never had symptoms, call your health care provider and isolate yourself right away. The infected person should self-isolate for 10 days after testing positive.

Instructions for at-home care.

Negative

The results of the 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 should stay isolated (physically separate) from other people until you have been free of fever. Also your symptoms must be better for at least three days.

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.

COVID-19 Testing Payment

We will not ask University of Utah Health patients for payment at a testing location. However, we will ask patients for proof of insurance. This helps us know where to send your billing information.

Health insurance covers 100 percent of the testing cost. If you do not have health insurance, Medicaid will cover your testing costs even if you are not a member of Medicaid. This is made possible through the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act. 

Thank you for your help in keeping our community safe. We are doing our best to provide you with the best care for your needs. Your support of our health care workers is what will make a difference in our community.

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