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Health officials offering free COVID-19 testing in Bemidji September 29-Oct. 1

Testing is free and open to all, with or without symptoms

 

September 25, 2020

The Minnesota Department of Health is partnering with local public health officials to give people a chance to get a COVID-19 test if they would like to get tested. Over the next several weeks there will be testing opportunities in multiple communities around the state, including in Bemidji September 29 to October 1.

Testing is free, available to anyone who feels they need to be tested whether they have symptoms or not, and will not require insurance.

"Testing uncovers positive cases earlier," Bemidji Mayor Rita Albrecht said. "The test results will provide important data about the degree of spread in our area and help to guide efforts to combat COVID-19 and protect those who are most vulnerable to serious complications."

"Many who contract COVID-19 may experience mild or even no symptoms, but some suffer life-threatening complications," Beltrami County Public Health Division Director Cynthia Borgen said. "All who contract the virus are contagious. Getting a test helps people know they if they have contracted COVID-19 so they are informed and can protect those they are close to who might be most vulnerable to serious complications. This is a proven strategy for fighting spread of a virus like COVID-19."

You can see more information about statewide community testing opportunities here: https://www.health.state.mn.us/news/pressrel/2020/covid091720.html.

Here are the details of the testing in Bemidji:

Tuesday, September 29, Wednesday, September 30, and Thursday, October 1

12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Bemidji Armory

1430 23rd Street NW

Bemidji, MN

To avoid long lines, those wish to get tested are encouraged to pre-register for a time slot. Visit https://www.primarybio.com/r/bemidji for more information and to sign up for an appointment.

Those who are unable to sign up online or need interpretation can call 1-855-612-0677 for assistance.

 

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