Recommendations for Providers
Clinical Staffing Support Options for Hospitals & Licensed Long Term Care Facilities
During this time of medical surge in Utah and throughout the world, clinical staff such as nurses and doctors are in short supply and heavily relied on. The Utah COVID-19 Unified Command, through the Utah Department of Health, has been working on clinical staffing mitigation strategies since April 2020 using the framework given to States by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Health and Human Services (HHS). We have developed many options to assist hospitals and long term care facilities experiencing clinical staffing shortages, including licensure flexibilities, recruitment efforts and volunteer programs. This page provides an overview of these efforts, with links for more information. If you represent a hospital or licensed long term care facility and need more information on any of these options, please reach out to a member of the Utah COVID-19 Unified Command Team for assistance.
Surgery and Procedure Guidance
Each hospital and ambulatory surgical center operating in Utah shall follow the color-coded surgery and procedure guidance protocols developed by the Utah Hospital Association in consultation with the Utah Department of Health, titled “Utah Roadmap for Resuming Elective Procedures.”
Health districts under green guidance:
- Bear River (Box Elder, Cache, Rich counties)
- Central Utah (Juab, Millard, Piute, Sevier, Wayne, Sanpete counties)
- Davis County
- Salt Lake County
- San Juan County
- Southeast Utah (Carbon, Emery, Grand counties)
- Southwest Utah (Garfield, Iron, Kane, Washington, Beaver counties)
- Summit County
- Tooele County
- TriCounty (Daggett, Duchesne, Uintah counties)
- Utah County
- Wasatch County
Hospitals under yellow guidance:
- Intermountain Medical Center
- University of Utah Hospital
If you are a health care provider evaluating a patient for suspected 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection and would like to request testing through the Utah Public Health Laboratory, you must follow the criteria in the UDOH HAN document linked below and submit a request using the COVID-19 Test Request Tool linked below. All specimens must be submitted with a completed Utah Public Health Laboratory lab submission form. Specimens that do not meet these criteria will not be tested.
Please refer to the CDC website https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/hcp/index.html for other healthcare provider guidance.
COVID-19 Testing Protocol – Standing Order to Pharmacists to Administer COVID-19 Tests
UDOH has issued a standing order authorizing all licensed pharmacists the ablility to administer COVID-19 tests.
The order is posted to the State and Local Orders and Directives page.