Who should be tested for coronavirus?

Picture of a COVID-19 test kit from CDC

Even though Utah has its first confirmed cases of COVID-19, the risk for community spreading of the virus remains low.

Because there are a limited number of tests available, we have to be judicious about who is tested.

Utahns will only be tested if they have a fever, cough, shortness of breath AND have traveled in the last 14 days to South Korea, Japan, Iran, Italy, or mainland China. 

Whether a person is tested depends on the level of risk. The Utah Department of Health will assess the risk of the person and consult with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to determine the need for testing on a case-by-case basis.

If symptoms are mild to moderate and you have traveled, CALL your provider or use a telehealth service first. Leave emergency rooms and emergent care open for emergencies.

Have questions about COVID-19? See our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Preventative measures are the same for all respiratory diseases:

  • Wash hands for 20 seconds with soap and running water frequently.
  • Use hand sanitizer only when soap and water isn’t available.
  • Keep your hands low – avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

As with any disease, if you have mild to moderate symptoms, self-isolate, meaning stay home, avoid mass gatherings, send someone else to the store, and give a sick person their own room.

Make sure to clean shared surfaces often (mobile phones, doorknobs, faucets, remotes, etc).

Photo courtesy Centers for Disease Control & Prevention