Man dies in line at Utah coronavirus testing site

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NORTH OGDEN, Utah (ABC4 News) – A 71-year-old man died Sunday morning while waiting to receive a coronavirus test at the Intermountain North Ogden Clinic testing site.

According to representatives with Intermountain Healthcare, on Sunday, July 12, a caretaker from Mountain View Health Services brought a man to the drive-up COVID-19 testing site.

The 71-year-old was being transported from this facility, Mountain View Health Services in Ogden, to Intermountain North Ogden Clinic for a COVID-19 test, as a part of a pre-surgical procedure needed by Intermountain.

According to the attorney for Mountain View, Janet Jensen, the 71-year-old needed a part of his leg amputated for vascular issues. Nurses took the 71-year-old’s vitals when he left the home and he was fine, according to Jensen. Mountain View staff then put the elderly man in the van with two nurses and brought him to the clinic around 10 AM Sunday for a scheduled COVID-19 test.

When the nursing facility’s van reached the testing tent, the patient was unresponsive, cold to the touch, and appeared to be deceased.

Intermountain said testing center caregivers immediately called 911, but EMS workers could not revive the individual.

Jensen says there are no known cases of COVID-19 at Mountain View, and the 71-year-old was believed to not have the virus.

Intermountain said the testing center was fully staffed for a Sunday because “the number of people seeking testing is significantly lower,” and the wait time was “averaging less than 45 minutes.”

Intermountain reminds the public that anyone who is seriously ill should call 911 for help or go directly to a hospital emergency room, not to a COVID-19 drive-thru testing center.

Mountain View Health Services is an independent nursing facility located in Ogden not affiliated with Intermountain Healthcare.

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