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Minnesota's first COVID-19 test-to-treat site opens Friday


Erica Dischino, Star Tribune

Mubera Salihbasic of Coon Rapids helped her son Hamza Salihbasic, 6, with a saliva COVID-19 test on Thursday in Brooklyn Park.

Minnesota's busiest COVID-19 testing center in Brooklyn Park is adding a test-to-treat option Friday where vulnerable people with coronavirus infections can receive immediate antiviral treatment.

Gov. Tim Walz toured the site Thursday and urged Minnesotans to take advantage of the resource, among the first set up in the U.S. with federal support and medical staff. Test-to-treat options will be added to testing centers next week in Duluth and Moorhead.

"This is one of the best things that we can do," Walz said. "The test-and-treat sites are highly successful at reducing hospitalizations, reducing those long-term effects from COVID."


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