SALT LAKE CITY — The University of Utah and ARUP Laboratories have announced they are now able to test 1,500 patients per day for COVID-19 and loosen the restrictions on who can be tested. Until now, patients needed to have symptoms and prove they were exposed to the novel coronavirus before they could be tested. “Our goal is, over the next couple of weeks, to scale up to 3,000 tests a day,” said Dr. Kim Hanson of ARUP Laboratories. “Patients do not need to have all symptoms at the moment they’re evaluated.” For weeks the Utah Department of Health has warned the number of documented COVID-19 cases could be misleading due to the lack of testing. Increased testing means the state now has a better shot of knowing exactly how much the virus has spread. “This doubles our capacity to test daily,” said Dr. Angela Dunn, state epidemiologist with the Utah Department of Health. “We’re pushing our limits every day in terms of the number of people we can test to ensure that those who need the test can get it quickly.” “The whole process is done while the patient is in the car,” said Dr. Richard Orlandi, a chief medical offic...