ST. GEORGE — The over 48,000 individuals in Southern Utah who’ve taken a COVID-19 take a look at all share in figuring out how intrusive the take a look at could be, often consisting of an extended stick that goes deep into each nostrils.
Maybe, then, the information could be welcoming that the “stick up the nostril” goes away for many drive-through testing websites domestically.
Intermountain Healthcare, which operates three of the six drive-through coronavirus testing websites in Southern Utah, introduced Thursday that it’s phasing in saliva-based testing that requires little greater than an individual spitting right into a small vial.
“That is one thing that our neighborhood and sufferers have been asking for, and we’re joyful to supply this feature,” Dr. Patrick Carroll, medical director of Dixie Regional Medical Middle, mentioned.
Carroll mentioned the take a look at was validated by Intermountain’s central laboratory, supervised by Intermountain’s Affiliate Medical Director for Infectious Illnesses Dr. Bert Lopansri.
Lopansri, who additionally directs microbiology for Intermountain, mentioned in an announcement the brand new saliva-based take a look at, whereas being much less intrusive, received’t be any much less thorough.
“This new course of needs to be way more snug for sufferers and allow us to gather samples from extra sufferers at one time whereas persevering with to keep up a top quality of our testing,” Lopansri mentioned.
Intermountain Healthcare operates drive-through testing on the following areas:
- Dixie Regional Medical Middle’s 400 East campus at 376 E. 500 South in St. George.
- Cedar Metropolis InstaCare at 962 Sage Drive in Cedar Metropolis.
- Garfield Memorial Hospital at 200 N. 400 East in Panguitch.
As seen within the video firstly of this story, the take a look at is run by an individual giving a pattern of their saliva right into a small vial.
The take a look at is identical sort of thorough, PCR take a look at the earlier nostril swab take a look at was. This implies it can stay a 24- to 72-hour anticipate outcomes.
This differs from the antigen take a look at, which can also be saliva-based. The antigen take a look at can produce ends in minutes however remains to be thought-about much less correct than the PCR take a look at.
Whereas Carroll applauds the better take a look at, he nonetheless mentioned the largest take a look at Southern Utahns face is continuous coronavirus prevention so that they don’t discover themselves with the signs that warrant a take a look at.
“Whereas this expands the COVID testing choices, we proceed to encourage individuals to put on masks and follow secure bodily distancing as we enter into chilly and flu season,” Carroll mentioned.
Utah hits new excessive for coronavirus infections
Whereas the information was good for these wanting it to be simpler to take a COVID-19 take a look at domestically, the statewide report from the Utah Division of Well being Thursday took one other grim flip.
The state reported 1,198 new circumstances Thursday, whereas the statewide positivity charge for COVID-19 exams rose to 14.2%. The seven-day day by day common of circumstances that went beneath Gov. Gary Herbert’s aim of fewer than 400 circumstances a day firstly of the month is now approaching 1,000.
The primary supply of the brand new spike stays Utah County, which noticed some cities move to the orange risk level Tuesday. The spike has been much less extreme in Southern Utah and largely restricted to Washington County. Whereas the seven-day day by day common has continued to rise in Southern Utah to 25.3 circumstances a day, it’s nonetheless beneath the common of 52 circumstances per day seen through the infections spike in July that brought on Dixie Regional Medical Middle to almost attain capability.
The information comes because the nation has handed 200,000 deaths from the coronavirus in seven months, in line with the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention.
At this level, the equal of the whole inhabitants of all of the cities in Washington County mixed (177, 556) has died of COVID-19 within the U.S., with room to spare. Although with 30 deaths, Southern Utah has been spared a few of the bigger mortality grief the remainder of the nation has confronted.
COVID-19 info sources
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We invite you to verify the sources beneath for up-to-date info and sources.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- World Health Organization
- Utah Department of Health
- Información sobre coronavirus en español
- Intermountain Healthcare
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Southern Utah coronavirus rely (as of Sept. 24, 2020, seven-day common in parentheses)
Optimistic COVID-19 exams: 4,103 (24.0 new infections per day in seven days, rising)
- Washington County: 3,212 (19.6 per day, regular)
- Iron County: 731 (3.6 per day, rising)
- Kane County: 75 (0.3 per day, rising)
- Garfield County: 48 (0.1 per day, rising)
- Beaver County: 37 (0.4 per day, rising)
Deaths: 30 (0.1 per day, regular)
- Washington County: 25
- Iron County: 2
- Garfield County: 2
- Kane County: 1
Hospitalized: 10 (rising)
Present Utah seven-day common: 857 (rising)
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