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COVID-19 test hoarding in Minnesota limits appointments amid omicron surge

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Appointments for COVID-19 tests are unavailable at several free sites in the Twin Cities amid growing concern over the omicron surge of the pandemic.

Vault Health is experiencing unprecedented demand at its free state testing sites at the same time workers' coronavirus infections are hurting its capacity to collect and process tests. Spokeswoman Kate Brickman said people with at-home tests can help by using them first, ahead of the expiration date, rather than saving them and coming to test sites.

"Just as people are physically hoarding tests as demand for testing soars, people are also now hoarding test appointments," Brickman said.


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