COVID-19 Testing

This page has information about COVID-19 testing, including links to testing sites located within Wasatch County. For general information about testing in Utah, visit https://coronavirus.utah.gov/testing-locations/

 

At-Home Test Kits

The Wasatch County Health Department has at-home test kits available to the public, free of charge. Test kits are located just inside the main entrance of the health department's building. This service is self-serve - please take only as many kits as you need.

To find other locations where you can get at-home test kits, visit: https://coronavirus.utah.gov/utah-covid-19-testing-locations/?stateSponsored=home or explore the map below.

 

 

Testing Sites in Wasatch County

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Heber Valley InstaCare
Lee's Marketplace (Heber City)
Walgreens (Heber City)

Find other TESTING SITES throughout Utah

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Testing for Travel

People seeking COVID-19 travel testing will need to find a testing provider which offers the type of test required by their travel destination. You can find testing providers by searching under "test type" here ; contacting your travel agent, airline, or travel destination; or doing an online search. 

Costs for travel testing are estimated between $60-$350 depending on the type of test needed and the company offering the test. Some private travel testing options may include: Xpress Check ($75-$250), WalgreensCVS ($139), Nomi Health ($59-$179), iHealth ($43), Premier Diagnostics ($50-$125), Quest Diagnostics ($70), COVID Clinic ($75-$320), SoftCell Laboratories ($100), Gunnison Valley Hospital ($164), and more.

Travelers are responsible for following any travel requirements of their destination. Some travel destinations may also require testing to be done at specific testing locations or include QR codes linked to results and CLIA information. You are also responsible for making sure your travel destination will accept the type of COVID-19 test you get.

 

Types of COVID-19 Tests

PCR test

A PCR test tells you if you have COVID-19 right now and could spread it to other people. A PCR test looks for the genetic material of the virus. It is a very accurate test. PCR tests are usually done by:

  1. Nasal or nasopharyngeal swab: A healthcare worker puts a swab into your nose to collect a sample either just inside your nose or reaching further down your throat.
  2. ​​​Saliva: The saliva test is easier to perform, safer for healthcare workers, and more comfortable for the patient. You spit into a cup or tube and your saliva is then tested. The saliva test is as accurate as the swab test.
Antigen Test

An antigen test looks for proteins found on or within the virus. It tells you if you have COVID-19 right now and could spread it to other people. An antigen test is like a PCR test, where a sample is collected with a nasal or nasopharyngeal swab, but you are able to get the results much quicker. Results take about 15 minutes.

Antigen tests can detect only high amounts of virus and are less sensitive than PCR tests. They work best when someone has symptoms of COVID-19. Antigen tests are most accurate during the first 5-7 days of your illness when your viral load is highest.

You may need to get a PCR test to confirm the results of your antigen test. You should get a PCR test within 24-48 hours after you got your rapid antigen test if:

  1. You have symptoms of COVID-19 but your rapid antigen test result was negative.
  2. You do not have symptoms of COVID-19 and were not in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 but your rapid antigen test result was positive.
Serology or Antibody Test

Serology, or antibody tests, may be able to tell if you have ever been exposed to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. A positive antibody test does not guarantee immunity to COVID-19 since a threshold to determine immunity has not yet been established. A sample of your blood is collected and is used to see if your body has made antibodies to the virus. Your body makes antibodies when it fights an infection. Antibodies in your blood mean, at one time, you were exposed to COVID-19. Antibody tests find these antibodies in your blood and tell you if your immune system has responded to the infection. More information on the antibody test can be found below.

For general information about antibody testing, see the flyer to the right, visit the State of Utah's website at https://coronavirus.utah.gov/testing-locations/ , or visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/testing/serology-overview.html

For more in-depth information about antibody testing, including guidance on use and limitations, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/lab/resources/antibody-tests-guidelines.html