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Minnesota seeks volunteers for free COVID-19 tests to assess virus spread


September 16, 2020

Aaron Lavinsky – Star Tribune file

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.

The Minnesota Department of Health is going door to door across the state to find volunteers for free COVID-19 diagnostic and antibody testing to assess the actual spread of the pandemic.

While Minnesota as of Tuesday had reported 1,927 COVID-19 deaths and 85,351 infections with the novel coronavirus that causes the disease - that doesn't include thousands of people who suffered mild or asymptomatic cases and never sought testing.

State health officials said an accurate assessment is needed to inform Minnesota's pandemic response and to identify hot spots at risk for more cases. Prevalence studies also indicate if the population is getting closer to a level of "herd immunity" that chokes the spread of the virus.


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