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All Minnesotans ages 18-35 should get tested for COVID-19, health officials say


November 13, 2020

Elizabeth Flores – Star Tribune

Heidi Smith and her children, Ella, 15, Nolan, 8, and Amelia, 12, took advantage of the new saliva COVID-19 testing site at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Thursday.

Are you a Minnesotan between the ages of 18 and 35? If so, Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has a message for you: Please get tested for COVID-19.

With new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths skyrocketing, Gov. Tim Walz rolled out new measures this week to reduce the spread of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus that are specifically aimed at younger adults. Health officials say the virus is being disproportionately spread by 18- to 35-year-olds, many of whom may be asymptomatic and unaware they are infected and contagious. So they are encouraging all Minnesotans in that age group to get tested as soon as possible.

"If you're young and asymptomatic, you can spread it to others," said MDH assistant commissioner Dan Huff. "If you're coming home from college or coming home for the holidays for Thanksgiving, get tested before you come home. Everyone should get tested before they come home to visit relatives."


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