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Free COVID-19 testing continues as 3rd case of U.K. variant found in Utah

State reports 584 new cases and 3 additional deaths

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Utah National Guard soldiers staff a COVID-19 test site at the Fairpark in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021.

Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Just 584 new COVID-19 cases and three additional deaths were reported Monday by the Utah Department of Health as free testing for the deadly virus continues throughout the state.

More than 2 million Utahns have been tested for the coronavirus, an increase of 3,516 people tested since Sunday. The rolling seven-day average for positive tests is 1,425 per day and 16.7% for the percent of positive laboratory tests.

As of Monday, there have been 347,208 positive coronavirus cases in Utah since the pandemic began last March, and 311,785 vaccines administered, a daily increase of 1,093. Currently there are 402 people hospitalized with the virus, bringing the number of total hospitalizations in the state to 13,515. 

Utah’s death toll from COVID-19 is now at 1,668 with the three losses of life reported Monday. They are a Box Elder man, between 45 and 64 and a long-term care facility resident; a Utah County man, between 65 and 84 who was hospitalized at the time of death; and a Salt Lake County man, between 65 and 84 who was also hospitalized at the time of death.

A third case of the COVID-19 variant linked to Britain has been identified in a Summit County woman between 20 and 44 years old, the state health department said Monday. The latest U.K. variant case was found through ongoing genetic sequencing of positive COVID-19 samples by the Utah Public Health Laboratory.

The variant, believed to be more contagious although the vaccines now in use are viewed as effective against it, was first seen in the state on Jan. 15. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report there have been 467 cases of the variant, formally named B.1.1.7, in 32 states as of Sunday.

Dr. Angela Dunn, state epidemiologist, has said the strain was expected to surface in Utah and urged residents to continue to take precautions, including wearing masks, practicing physical distancing and avoiding large gatherings.

The state health department continues to offer free rapid antigen testing for COVID-19 at locations selected based on high positivity rates, lower rates of testing, untreated wastewater sampling results and other surveillance data.

The clinics are intended to more quickly identify Utahns who are infected to help slow the spread of the virus. The rapid tests are less sensitive than a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test so those with symptoms who test negative or those without symptoms who test positive will be referred for a PCR test to confirm their results.

Testing is available for anyone 5 and older, even if they do not show symptoms. Those who have come in close contact with someone already infected are advised to quarantine and wait seven days to be tested so the virus has built up enough to be detected.

Preregistration for testing is available but not required, although waiting to register onsite will add to the time the process takes. Identification may be required.

The current state testing sites are:

Box Elder County

Bear River Middle School, 300 E. 1500 South (east parking lot), Garland, Wednesday and Thursday. 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Register here.

Cache County

Ridgeline High School, 180 N. 300 West, Millville (drive-thru), Friday and Saturday, noon to 7 p.m. Register here.

Hyrum Senior Center, 695 E. Main, Hyrum (drive-thru), Monday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Tuesday, noon to 7 p.m. Register here.

Grand County

Southeast Utah Health Department, 575 S. Kane Creek, drive-thru, Moab, Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday, noon to 7 p.m. Register here.

Juab County

Juab School District, 346 E. 600 North, Nephi, Monday and Tuesday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Register here.

Millard County

Fillmore Family Medicine, 770 S. state Route 99, Fillmore (drive-thru), Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Register here.

Salt Lake County

Daybreak Community Center, 4544 W. Harvest Moon Drive (front parking lot), South Jordan, Friday, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, noon to 7 p.m. Register here.

Herriman High School, 11917 S. Mustang Trail, Herriman (drive-thru), Wednesday and Thursday, 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Register here.

San Juan County

San Juan County Building, 117 S. Main, Monticello (drive-thu), Wednesday and Thursday, noon to 7 p.m. Register here.

San Juan County Health Department, 735 S. 200 West, Blanding (drive-thru), Monday and Tuesday, noon to 7 p.m. Register here.

Sevier County

Central Utah Public Health Department, 70 Westview Drive, Richfield (drive-thru), Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Thursday, noon to 7 p.m. Register here.

Summit County

South Summit High School, 45 S. 300 East, Kamas, Friday, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, noon to 7 p.m. Register here

Park City High School, 1750 Kearns Blvd., Park City (drive-thru), Monday and Tuesday, noon to 7 p.m. Register here.

Tooele County

Wendover Fire Station, 151 9th St., Wendover (drive-thru), Monday and Tuesday, noon to 6 p.m. Register here.

Wasatch County

Wasatch County Events Complex, 415 Southfield Road, (drive-thru Heber City, Wednesday, noon to 7 p.m., Thursday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Register here.

Additional testing sites operated with the assistance of the Utah National Guard are:

Cache County

Cache County School District Office (Testing will be held in rooms Cache 1 and 2. Please enter in the back east entrance of the building), 84 E 2400 North, North Logan, Monday and Tuesday, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Register here.

Davis County

5-C Freeport West (From Antelope Drive, enter at 300 West and continue to C Street) Clearfield, Wednesday and Friday, 7 a.m. to noon, and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Register here.

Woods Cross High School, 600 W. 2200 South (inside in the theater – use the main entrance and follow the signs) Woods Cross, Friday, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Register here.

Salt Lake County

Cannon Health Building, 288 N. 1460 West, Salt Lake City, Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Register here.

Utah State Fairpark (building No. 51), 155 N. 1000 West, Salt Lake City, Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Register here.

Promise South Salt Lake, Columbus Center, 2531 S. 400 East, South Salt Lake. Thursday, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Register here.

Utah County

Grandview Learning Center, 1591 Jordan Ave., Provo, Thursday, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Register here.

Utah Valley University, L10 parking lot, northeast corner of 800 S.outh and 1200 West, Orem, by the athletic field (drive-thru), Tuesday and Wednesday, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Register here.

Nebo School District Advanced Learning Center, 161 E. 400 North, Salem, Monday and Friday, 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Register here.

Washington County:

La Verkin Fire Department, 300 N. Main, La Verkin, Tuesday, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Register here.

Santa Clara Fire Station, 2365 Rachel Drive (drive-thru), Santa Clara, Wednesday, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Register here.

Salt Lake County is also offering rapid testing limited to those with COVID-19 symptoms at the Maverik Center, lot D, 2050 W. 3100 South (the corner of 3100 South and Decker Lake Drive) West Valley City, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Register here.

For other testing locations visit: https://coronavirus.utah.gov/covid-testing-locations-list.