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Gov. Tim Walz announces plan to expand COVID-19 testing


April 23, 2020

Glen Stubbe – Star Tribune

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz wore a mask as he announced the state's plans for more coronavirus testing on Wednesday in St. Paul.

Gov. Tim Walz unveiled his much-anticipated "moon shot" testing strategy on Wednesday so that Minnesota can fully track the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has caused 179 deaths in the state, and diagnose all cases of people with the infectious illness.

Standing with leaders of Mayo Clinic, the University of Minnesota and HealthPartners, the governor said that this $36 million agreement will result in the most aggressive COVID-19 testing program in the nation and allow for the diagnostic testing of as many as 20,000 samples per day - beyond the 5,000 per day that he had said was necessary.


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