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UDOH-Sponsored COVID-19 Testing Locations for the Week of December 27, 2021

The following testing sites are offered this week throughout Utah.  All of these testing sites offer PCR, rapid antigen tests, and NP swab PCR tests. All of these testing sites...
Last updated: December 27, 2021

The First Oral Antiviral for Treatment of COVID-19 is Coming to Utah

(Salt Lake City, UT) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized use of the first oral antiviral for treatment of COVID-19. The emergency use authorization for Paxlovid allows...
Last updated: December 22, 2021

Utah Department of Health Statement on Omicron

Omicron is quickly spreading across the U.S. While our public dashboard only shows 7 confirmed cases of Omicron, it’s very likely that we have far more cases of Omicron in...
Last updated: December 22, 2021

UDOH-Sponsored Testing Sites for the Week of December 20, 2021

The following testing sites are offered this week throughout Utah.  All of the UDOH-sponsored testing sites will be closed on Saturday, December 25 in observance of Christmas. All of these...
Last updated: December 20, 2021

Gov. Cox Names Interim Medicaid Director

(Salt Lake City, UT) – The Utah Department of Health (UDOH) today announced Gov. Spencer Cox has appointed Tonya Hales as the Interim State Medicaid Director. Hales will serve as...
Last updated: December 17, 2021

Testing Sites for the Week of December 13, 2021

The following testing sites are offered this week throughout Utah.  All of these testing sites offer PCR, rapid antigen tests, and NP swab PCR tests. All of these testing sites...
Last updated: December 13, 2021

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Spanish news releases and media statements

We strive to provide all news releases and media statements in Spanish. Our language access team can provide translation services by contacting them at languageaccess.utah.gov.  

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Media guides and safe messaging

How we talk about suicide, mental health, and traumatic events matters. When we follow safe messaging guidelines, we contribute to a hopeful narrative about triumph over adversity. We communicate that support is available. Safe messaging promotes resiliency, encourages help-seeking, publicizes prevention successes, and encourages actions to help prevent suicide. 

When writing about suicide, mental health, or traumatic events follow safe messaging guidelines. Here are some of our favorite resources.