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Free COVID-19 testing on Saturday aimed at testing Utah's underserved communities
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Free COVID-19 testing on Saturday aimed at testing Utah’s underserved communities

Hospital employees take swabs from people at an appointment-only drive-thru COVID-19 testing facility set up outside University of Utah Health’s South Jordan Health Center on Friday, March 13, 2020. Although the testing facility wasn’t open to the public on Friday, the people were tested anyway. The facility will be operational Monday. Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY– The first in the series of free COVID-19 testing events, aimed at testing minority populations in Utah, is taking place on Saturday, May 9.

Testing will be available at the Utah State Fairpark from 1-7 PM. 

The free COVID-19 testing is offered to anyone who pre-registers and makes an appointment, regardless of symptoms. 

Utah’s six minority lawmakers, with the help from health partners and state and local resources, organized the COVID Community Partnership to help slow the spread of the virus in marginalized communities.  

People of color in Utah are disproportionally affected by the pandemic. Over 40% of Utah’s positive cases of coronavirus have included members of Utah’s Hispanic/Latino, Black/African American, Asian Americans, Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiians, and American Indian/Alaska Native communities.

The testing will take 5-10 minutes Pre-registration is required in order to be tested.

To register, call one of these numbers: 

Spanish/English (801) 436-7118
English (801) 413-3248
Spanish/English (562) 448-5389
English (801) 747-9547

The Utah State Fairpark is located at 155 1000 W, Salt Lake City

 

How To Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus 

 

COVID-19 coronavirus is transmitted from person to person. It is a virus that is similar to the common cold and the flu. So, to prevent it from spreading: 

  • Wash hands frequently and thoroughly, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds.  
  • Don’t touch your face. 
  • Keep children and those with compromised immune systems away from someone who is coughing or sneezing (in this instance, at least six feet) 
  • If there is an outbreak near you, practice social distancing (stay at home, instead of going to the movies, sports events, or other activities.) 
  • Get a flu shot. 

Resources for more information: 

 

LOCAL: 

State of Utah:  https://coronavirus.utah.gov/ 

Utah State Board of Education 

Utah Hospital Association 

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 

Utah Coronavirus Information Line – 1-800-456-7707 

National Links 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

Commonly asked questions, World Health Organization 

Cases in the United States