Utah Does Not Have Enough Tests To Test Everyone For COVID-19

Mar 12, 2020

In Governor Gary Herbert’s press conference today, members of the COVID-19 Community Task force gathered to make recommendations to Utah’s institutions of public and higher education. Updates were also given about how Utah plans to go about testing people for the virus. 

Not everyone that requests medical attention is going to be tested for COVID-19.

“Unfortunately, we do not have enough tests right now for everyone in the state to get tested or everyone who has cold symptoms to get tested,” said Lt. Governor Spencer Cox.

In the press conference on Thursday, Lt. Governor Spencer Cox addressed the current situation in Utah with the COVID-19 pandemic and what Utah plans to do when it comes to testing people.

“We want to make sure that we are giving the best and most up to date accurate answers. So a couple things you need to know about testing as of 10:40am," said Cox. "Today, on March 12, the Utah public health laboratory has tested 136 patients.”

Cox says the task force has been working with hospitals to potentially offer mobile testing in places such as rural Utah.

Intermountain Healthcare and University of Utah will also be providing drive up locations for people to get tested.