Minnesota Department of Health: State announces locations for no-barrier access to COVID-19 testing during week of Oct. 12

EXCERPT: “The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is partnering with local public health officials and other community partners to offer access to free, no-barrier COVID-19 testing the week of Oct. 12 in Anoka, Faribault, Luverne, Alexandria, Aitkin, and St. Cloud. As always with no-barrier testing opportunities, this testing will be free, available to anyone who wants to be tested whether they have symptoms or not, and will not require insurance. The six events next week are part of an effort to increase access to ‘no-barrier’ COVID-19 testing following increased levels of community spread statewide. The Minnesota National Guard will continue providing logistical support for a number of these events. ‘As we continue to see spikes in the number of new cases and increased community spread, we urge people to seek out testing,’ said Jan Malcolm, MDH Commissioner. ‘While large events get a lot of attention, we know that smaller, everyday gatherings are a significant source of transmission in our state. It only takes one contagious person to lead to an outbreak. Giving people a chance to get tested lets them know if they’re positive and need to isolate and notify their close contacts to quarantine – it’s a key strategy we have to fight the spread of this virus.'” FULL STORY: https://fluence-media.co/3iIi0LB