The Salt Lake County Health Department has canceled a series of public no-cost COVID-19 testing events, citing the need to restock their testing supplies.
The public testing events were originally scheduled to take place in Rose Park, Glendale, and West Valley cities, all areas that have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic.
Due to the overwhelming public response, the department did not have enough testing kits to keep up with demand. They also acknowledged that the increased demand resulted in long waiting times, ranging from 15 minutes to over two hours, at prior events.
“Our planning and logistical teams will also use this time to develop more efficient drive-thru operations to reduce wait times,” the Salt Lake County Health Department said Tuesday via Twitter. “We anticipate again offering no-cost testing to targeted communities after the Independence Day holiday.”
These cancellations only apply to testing sites in Rose Park, Glendale, and West Valley City. To see if there is a testing site in your area, visit coronavirus.utah.gov.