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Officials urge Utahns to stay home and not get tested if sick

A woman dressed in blue PPE wearing a mask and a face shield takes a COVID-19 test from a person in a vehicle at a drive up testing site.

Governor Cox briefed Utahns on the omicron COVID-19 situation in a news conference on Friday. Cox said officials are trying to figure out a way to pivot the situation in Utah, but this new variant is very transmissible and very hard to slow down.

Long COVID-19 testing site lines have plagued Utah, and Cox said they are quickly running out of tests. In response, State Epidemiologist Dr. Leisha Nolan told Utahns to stay home if they are feeling sick and not get tested. She said if you think you have COVID-19, you probably do. Nolan also added that test-to-stay school programs have fallen behind. They were designed to slow the spread, but got started too late to do so.

Cox said for now, it looks like the state will be in for a bumpy ride in the short term, but hopefully things will start to turn around.

Emma Feuz is a senior at Utah State University majoring in broadcast journalism with minors in sociology and political science. She grew up in Evanston, Wyoming where, just like Utah State, the sagebrush also grows. Emma found her love of writing at an early age and slowly discovered her interest in all things audio and visual throughout her years in school. She is excited to put those passions to use at UPR. When school isn't taking up her time, Emma loves longboarding, cheering on the Denver Broncos, and cleaning the sink at Angies.