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Utahns line up at test-to-travel sites

Posted at 8:22 AM, Nov 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-18 13:49:03-05

SALT LAKE CITY — Thanksgiving is now just a week away and a lot of Americans are expected to be traveling. Because of that, Utah Department of Health officials are doing what they can to ensure folks are COVID-free during this holiday weekend.

Two locations have been established, one in Salt Lake City and another in St. George, for what are being called test-to-travel sites.

  • Dixie Tech College - 610 South Tech Ridge Drive, St. George
  • Cannon Health Building - 288 North 1460 West, Salt Lake City

Both locations have a fast lane set up that will let travelers know their COVID status before heading off to gather with family and friends. Adding an extra layer of protection to prevent this Thanksgiving from being a super-spreader event.
“If you’re traveling and you want to get that immediate response before you jump on that plane, we will need a boarding pass to prove that you’re traveling, and then if you’re a state resident you can just provide us some proof of residency and then it’s completely free," said Carolina Herrin with NOMI Health. "But if you’re not a state resident, we have a minimal fee with that, but you’re still able to get it and you’re still able to have that response quickly so you can get on that plane.”

The set-up will take just 15-20 minutes from start to results. People can also get a full PCR test which has a 24-to-48 hour turnaround at the very most.

Both locations are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.