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Minnesota holds firm on COVID-19 testing


August 27, 2020

Aaron Lavinsky – Star Tribune

Kristin Anderson, a medic with the Minnesota Air National Guard's 133rd Medical Group, administered a free COVID-19 test to Jimmie Turner, 65, of Stillwater, in late May.

Minnesotans in close contact with COVID-19 cases should continue to seek diagnostic testing even in the absence of symptoms, despite new federal guidance that such testing is optional, state health officials said on Wednesday.

People can carry the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 without suffering symptoms and need to be identified before they spread it to others at greater risk of severe infections, said Kris Ehresmann, state infectious disease director.

"Our testing capacity is increasing and we need to use it in a manner that will help us identify cases quickly - and testing someone with a known exposure certainly is the most targeted way to do so," she said.


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