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COVID-19 testing event for underserved communities takes place at Utah State Fairpark

Posted at 9:19 PM, May 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-09 23:19:06-04

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Legislative Ethnic and Racial Minority Caucus, Utah Department of Health Office of Health Disparities, University of Utah Health and multiple other agencies and people put together a COVID-19 testing event geared toward underserved communities at the Utah State Fairpark Saturday afternoon.

The testing was free for all who signed up for it, and more than 300 spots were spoken for.

“Latinos and Pacific Islanders and Native Americans are over-represented when it comes to testing positive for COVID,” Rep. Angela Romero said. “And so we wanted to make sure that we were reaching out to all communities and focusing on those communities, but whoever wanted to get tested could get tested.”

University of Utah Health conducted the testing by retrofitting on of their wellness buses in order to handle the amount of people being tested.

“We wanted to remove as many barriers as we could… So we wanted to come to a central location where people would be more inclined to come and get tested,” said Robin Marcus, Chief Wellness Officer for University of Utah Health.

The testing went on from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Fairpark.