Free COVID-19 testing again this weekend at WXHSJan 14, 2021 12:26PM ● By Tom Haraldsen
For the second straight week, the Utah Department of Health (UDOH) is offering free rapid antigen testing at Woods Cross High School. It is one of several sites chosen based on high positivity rates, lower numbers of tests conducted, untreated wastewater sampling, and other surveillance data. Testing will be in the Woods Cross High theater on Friday and Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m. The school is located at 600 West 2200 South.
Anyone can get tested at these free testing clinics, even if they do not have symptoms of COVID-19. The UDOH is encouraging anyone who might have any symptoms, even mild ones, to come and get tested. Register online at https://bit.ly/2X66scM. If you do not register online or are unable to register online, you will be able to register at the site but it will take longer for you to be tested. Identification may be required.
The goal of these testing clinics is to more quickly identify people who are currently infectious with COVID-19, including those who may not even know they are infected because they don’t have symptoms. Identifying these individuals will help slow the spread of infection in the community.
Rapid antigen tests are less sensitive than PCR tests. This means PCR tests are better than antigen tests at detecting the virus, particularly when a person has small amounts of virus in their body. If an individual has symptoms and tests negative on the rapid antigen test or an individual doesn’t have symptoms and tests positive on the rapid antigen test, they will be referred for a follow up, confirmation PCR test.
Your test results will be emailed to you in an encrypted file from [email protected] 30 minutes to several hours after your test is done. If the testing location is extremely busy, it may take a while to process your results. Look in spam or junk mail. Try to open the email on a non-app browser (Chrome, Firefox, etc.) and on a computer or non-phone device. If you have trouble opening the email or it doesn’t come within a few hours, call (385) 273-7878 for assistance.
For other testing locations visit: https://coronavirus.utah.gov/covid-testing-locations-list.