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Utah sees record-breaking increase in COVID-19 tests after Thanksgiving

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Posted at 7:51 PM, Nov 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-30 00:28:35-05

SALT LAKE CITY — TestUtah is seeing record-breaking numbers as Utahns make sure they’re safe after Thanksgiving gatherings and travel.

“We’ve actually done around 9,600 tests in a day. That’s the most we’ve ever done since the pandemic hit,” said Carolina Herrin with Nomi Health. Nomi Health partners with TestUtah.

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At the testing site at the Timpanogos Regional Hospital in Orem, lines of cars continued to stop by all day Monday.

“We not seeing a wait time in months, but with this holiday weekend and this surge — if you’d like to call it a surge — we’ve seen an increase,” said Herrin.

The state health department said they saw a lull in test demand over the summer, but it picked back up again in the fall.

“It’s remained fairly consistently high over the past several months since the beginning of September,” said Brittany Brown, the COVID-19 deputy testing director with the Utah Department of Health. “As gatherings are moving indoors, we’re seeing this increase in respiratory viruses that are going around, as well as maybe the new variant that’s popping up. We may see an increase in testing.”

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Herrin does not want you to be deterred by long lines or wait times. She said cars are only in line for around seven minutes and that it takes 15 minutes for results.

“Don’t be discouraged by what appears to be a long line. It could look like a lot of cars, but it does move fast,” she said.

You can register for TestUtah online or by using a QR code at the testing site. For a map of COVID-19 testing locations in Utah, click here.