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COVID-19 testing site at the Maverik Center closes due to less demand



SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Friday is the last day resident can receive a COVID-19 test from the Maverik Center site before it permanently closes due to decreased demand, the Salt Lake County Health Department announced.

The COVID-19 testing site, located in the overflow parking lot of the Maverik Center, will officially end operations at 3 p.m. on May, 28, the department wrote in a statement Friday.

County health officials say there’s no longer a need for the testing center. The site is conducting less than 85 COVID-19 tests per day, according to the department, compared to the 1,200 tests per day during the height of testing demand in November 2020.

Since early June of 2020, test administrators at the site have conducted more than 30,000 COVID-19 tests.

“Demand for testing has declined in the last couple months as vaccines became widely available,” said Dr. Dagmar Vitek, medical director of the county health department. “This operation has served its purpose and with other local testing opportunities widely available, it’s the right moment to transition public health’s resources to vaccination and other community needs.”

Now, test administrators will shift their focus to vaccination efforts. Even though the testing site is caput after Friday, SLCoHD will continue providing COVID-19 shots at the Maverik Center’s main parking lot.

Additionally, county health officials will deploy mobile testing sites to areas if needed.