Mobile Testing Sites Begin in Summit County

By 10:15 am Saturday morning, at least 50 people had lined up in front of Park City High School for COVID-19 testing at a mobile unit set up by Intermountain Healthcare.

Intermountain began mobile COVID-19 testing in Summit County Friday. A mobile unit will go to four sites in the county on four different days to give access to underserved populations and areas that are considered “hotspots” of increased COVID-19 positive tests, which include some apartment complexes in the Park City area.

The test sites are Park City High School’s Dozier Field on Friday and Saturday.  Saturday’s hours are 10 am – 3 pm. Kamas Library on Monday from 2 pm – 7 pm, Summit County Fair Grounds on Tuesday from 2 pm – 7 pm, and Ecker Hill Park & Ride on Wednesday.  Hours have not been posted yet for Wednesday.

The test is free, and according to the Summit County Health Department website, everyone who lives within a two-mile radius of the hotspot locations qualifies for testing as part of the high-risk population, even if they do not show any symptoms of COVID-19.

Other residents may visit the mobile testing site if they are currently experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, muscle aches and pains, decreased sense of smell or taste, or sore throat.

You can be prescreened for COVID-19 by calling 844-442-5224.  If you have been prescreened, the health department says the actual test at the mobile testing site takes about five minutes.  If you are a walk-in patient, the entire process takes closer to 15 minutes.  All ages may be tested except for patients under two years old.  They must be evaluated by a physician.

You will need to provide basic registration information, which is name, date of birth, address, phone number (for results), insurance if you have it, and a social security number if you have it.

You do not need insurance to have the prescreening or the COVID-19 test.

For more information on the locations and hours of each site, click here.

And click here to see answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the mobile COVID-19 testing.

There are also other test sites in Summit County.  Intermountain Healthcare and the University of Utah have a testing site at the Park City Ice Rink, 600 Gillmor Way.  That site is open from noon to 6 pm Saturday and Sunday, and 9 am – 5 pm Monday through Friday.   Healthcare workers ask that you get prescreened by calling the 844-442-5224 number first, but you may still show up without being prescreened if you have symptoms of COVID-19.

In Wasatch County, Intermountain Healthcare has a test site at the Heber InstaCare, 1485 S. Highway 40.  Hours are 9 am – 5 pm.  Workers there ask that you call the same COVID-19 hotline first before visiting, but will also test you if you have symptoms.

And there is a TestUtah.com site at 415 Southfield Road in Heber City.  You must complete an online assessment at www.testutah.com to determine if you need testing first.

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Heber Valley Artisan Cheese held their 2nd annual Ice Sculptures Exhibition this weekend. Several local businesses sponsored the sculptures being displayed. There were also two different ice carving demonstrations. The event was free to the public.

The annual event began last year when Carolee Kohler saw ice sculpting on a Hallmark movie and thought it would be a fun idea for their farm. They are also considering a woodcarving event.

According to Lindsey Strother, social media and events coordinator, each sculpture takes between 1-3 hours to carve. “We contacted Amazing Ice Creations back in November, and we reached out to local companies to sponsor the ice sculptures,” she said. “Yesterday morning around 9 am, they came in a massive truck and dropped them all off for us, and we set them up.”

Along with the ice sculptures, sponsors receive a sign and canopy for the display and social media marketing. The sponsors decide what they want to have sculpted. After the event, they can take the ice sculptures and display them at their businesses. The creations normally last a couple of weeks. Some will be left in the field and can be viewed throughout the week.

The ice this year included Olaf, company logos, animals, and other items. Darron Kingston, the sculptor, has carved ice for over 10 years with his dad. According to Kingston, “I like sculptures that give me a challenge. Here, for example, my favorite was the lumberjack.” One of his favorite past creations was a 9-foot bear.

Grant Kohler, owner of Heber Valley Artisan Cheese, explained, “We decided to do something that was free and something that people could just get out and come and enjoy. Especially this year with Covid, it seems like Januarys are slow months. People are looking for things to be able to get outside and do.” He continued, “Businesses pay in and buy the sculptures, we have them sculpted, and then we just let people come and enjoy them.” Kohler estimated around 3,000 to 4,000 people will stop by the event.

The dairy farm also offers cheese-making classes and tours of their new robotic barn. “The tours are everyday except Sunday,” according to Kohler. “People hayride over, intermingle with the cows, see the barn and amenities, and watch the cows be milked. The cows will literally go get milked on their own.” Tickets for the tours and other events are available on the Heber Valley Artisan Cheese website: https://hebervalleyartisancheese.com/.