Jan. 1 saw dozens of cars lined up for blocks at testing sites around the state.
(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Health workers with the Utah Department of Health test the public for Covid19 at the testing site in the parking lot of the Utah Public Health Laboratory building in Taylorsville Dec. 30, 2021.
| Jan. 1, 2022, 11:15 p.m.
COVID-19 testing sites were feeling the post-Christmas crunch on New Year’s Day as dozens of cars lined up for blocks, resulting in what the Utah Department of Health called “the highest testing demand we have seen in Utah.”
In Bountiful, a Salt Lake Tribune reporter waited in line at the TestUtah site at 726 100 E. (adjacent to the South Davis Senior Activity Center and near the Davis County Library South Branch on 725 S. Main Street) starting at 1:20 p.m. The line took an hour and 20 minutes to get through.
As of 2:40 p.m., the line consisted of about 60 cars, stretching for nearly two blocks from the library to 100 S. and Main Street.
Locals also responded to an inquiry made by The Salt Lake Tribune on social media asking if and where they were seeing long testing lines.
Are you seeing long lines for COVID-19 testing? Are you currently in one of those long lines? Are there any places where the lines are shorter? Reach out to @sltrib reporter @katbancroft or email [email protected].
— The Salt Lake Tribune (@sltrib) January 1, 2022
On Twitter, user @inkedtater said the testing line at the Timpanogos Regional Hospital in Orem wrapped around the block.
Yes. The line for testing is wrapped around Timp Hospital off 8th north in Orem
— ? smellin’ like roses tater ? ⛈???⛈ (@inkedtater) January 1, 2022
User @robert_binion added that officials at the Martha Hughes Cannon Health Building in Salt Lake City were trying to manage long lines by handing out take-home tests.
My wife was in a long one at the Cannon building, but they walked around and handed out tests for people to take at home
— Robert Binion (@robert_binion) January 1, 2022
On Reddit, user ldesertdrifter said they’d been waiting in a Draper line for nearly two hours at the time of their comment.
The long waits weren’t exclusive to Jan. 1. Reddit user youknowthegame wrote that they waited two hours to be tested at a Holladay recreation center on Dec. 30.
And Twitter user @swansofnever wrote that he’s been seeing “massive” testing lines that are 10+ cars deep in Lehi.
@katbancroft The differences in the massive lines at PremierDX locations in Lehi (10+ cars deep, sometimes more than 20) and Clearfield (rarely more than two) is fascinating.
— MQN (@swansofnever) January 1, 2022
In a statement made to the Tribune, the Utah Department of Health said it is “aware of long lines at many testing sites and is requesting patience from those who are waiting to be tested.”
Long lines started last week following Christmas, according to the statement, as a result of high respiratory illness, travel testing, testing for holiday gatherings, and a return to school and work.
“We are making adjustments to staffing, and providing ‘at home’ testing options when possible,” the department said.
To find testing locations, visit coronavirus.utah.gov/utah-covid-19-testing-locations/.