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COVID-19 Test at Home saliva program

COVID-19 Test at Home saliva program

no-cost to Cook County residents

COOK COUNTY, MINNESOTA ~~~~~~  October 23, 2020  (LSN)  The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) today announced a pilot of the COVID-19 Test at Home saliva program. Beginning this week, Minnesotans in two dozen counties or tribal nations will be able to order a saliva test online, to collect in the comfort of their own home, free of charge. Cook County is among those areas that the state has selected to participate. This initiative is part of statewide push to make testing available to any Minnesotan who believes they need to be tested. It will soon be available to all Minnesotans.

Places selected for the initial pilot represent geographically diverse areas of the state, prioritizing locations that do not currently have a saliva testing location or where community testing events have been limited.

Through the mail order program, Minnesotans can order a saliva test online to be shipped to their home. They then collect their test specimen by spitting into a small tube, under the supervision of a health care professional through a video telehealth visit. Once completed, the specimen is shipped to the state’s new saliva lab in Oakdale, Minnesota, where results are then emailed to the person in 24-48 hours.

Participants will be asked for their health insurance information so the state can bill their insurance company on their behalf. If a person is uninsured or for any reason insurance does not cover some or all of the cost, the state will cover the difference, so testing remains completely free to everyone.

 “We are fortunate to be able to have additional COVID-19 testing options available to our community through this MDH pilot,” says Grace Grinager, Co-Incident Commander and Public Health Supervisor for Cook County. “I encourage anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 or has been identified as a contact of someone who tests positive for COVID-19 to seek testing in order to slow the spread of the virus locally. Testing, along with contact tracing, isolation/quarantine, and everyday preventative measures like hand washing, mask wearing, and physical distancing are powerful tools to help us minimize the impact of the pandemic on businesses, schools, families, and friends.” 

Local testing options in Cook County are still available. Local health care providers at Sawtooth Mountain Clinic and North Shore Health do not have involvement with test orders, pending results or patient reports for testing submitted through the state’s COVID-19 Test at Home program. Because this is a new option locally, Public Health is still working out some of the logistical questions that residents might have about the process. 

If you are symptomatic for COVID-19, contact the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic or your provider for guidance on testing and managing current symptoms. You need to quarantine while you are waiting for your test results to come back. If you are a close contact of someone who tests positive for COVID-19, please contact Cook County Public Health at (218) 387-3605 to ensure that you test yourself in the recommended timeframe after exposure. This will make your test results more reliable. Even if you receive a negative COVID-19 test, close contacts are recommended to quarantine for a full 14 days after exposure to prevent transmission.

For questions on COVID-19 symptoms or accessing COVID testing through local healthcare facilities, call Sawtooth Mountain Clinic at (218) 387-2330.

For more information on the COVID-19 Test at Home program, and to order a test, please visit the MDH website: COVID-19 Test at Home.

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  • 23 October 2020
  • Author: Robert McKenzie
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Thunder Bay District Health Unit

Last updated Nov 23, 2020 

Comunlative
Cases 
Resolved
Cases 
Active
Cases 
Hosp
Cases
ICU Deceased
233 155 78 3 2 1
           

 

Case Number Esposure  Category Status  Date
Case #233 Close Contact Self-Isolating 22/11/20
Case #232 Close Contact Hospitalized 16/11/20
Case #231 Close Contact Self-Isolating 20/11/20
Case #230 Close Contact Self-Isolating 16/11/20
Case #229 Close Contact Self-Isolating 16/11/20
Case #228 Close Contact Self-Isolating 20/11/20
Case #227 Close Contact Self-Isolating 20/11/20
Case #226 Close Contact Self-Isolating 20/11/2020
Case #225 Close Contact Self-Isolating 19/11/2020
Case #224 Close Contact Self-Isolating 16/11/2020
Case #223 Close Contact Self-Isolating 21/11/2020
Case #222 Close Contact Self-Isolating 18/11/2020
Case #221 Close Contact Self-Isolating 18/11/2020
Case #220 Close Contact Self-Isolating 20/11/2020
Case #219 Close Contact Self-Isolating 14/11/2020
Case #218 Pending Self-Isolating 17/11/20
Case #217 Close Contact Self-Isolating 19/11/20
Case #216 Close Contact Self-Isolating 19/11/20
Case #215 Close Contact Self-Isolating 19/11/20
Case #214 Pending Self-Isolating 17/11/20
Case #213 Close Contact Self-Isolating 18/11/20
Case #212 Close Contact Self-Isolating 19/11/20
Case #211 Close Contact Self-Isolating 19/11/20
Case #210 Close Contact Self-Isolating 18/11/20
Case #209 Close Contact Self-Isolating 17/11/20
Case #208 No Known Exposure Self-Isolating 19/11/20
Case #207 Close Contact Self-Isolating  18/11/20 
Case #206 Close Contact Self-Isolating  12/11/20
Case #205 Close Contact Self-Isolating  17/11/20 
Case #204 Close Contact Self-Isolating  17/11/20 
Case #203 Close Contact Self-Isolating  17/11/20 
Case #202 Close Contact Self-Isolating  17/11/20 
Case #201 Travel  Self-Isolating  14/11/20 
Case #200 Close Contact Self-Isolating 13/11/2020
Case #199 Close Contact Self-Isolating 14/11/2020
Case #198 Close Contact Self-Isolating 18/11/2020
Case #197 Close Contact Self-Isolating 13/11/2020
Case #196 Close Contact Self-Isolating 10/11/2020
Case #195 Close Contact Self-Isolating 16/11/2020
Case #194 Close Contact Self-Isolating 16/11/2020
Case #193 Close Contact Self-Isolating 12/11/2020
Case #192 Close Contact Self-Isolating 13/11/2020
Case #191 Close Contact Self-Isolating 15/11/2020
Case #190 Close Contact Self-Isolating 13/11/2020
Case #189 Close Contact Self-Isolating 14/11/20
Case #188 No Known Exposure Hospitalized 10/11/20
Case #187 Close Contact Self-Isolating 13/11/20
Case #186 Close Contact Self-Isolating

12/11/2020

Case #185 Close Contact Self-Isolating 08/11/2020
Case #184 Close Contact Self-Isolating 16/11/2020
Case #183 Pending Self-Isolating 16/11/2020
Case #182 Close Contact Self-Isolating 14/11/2020
Case #181 Close Contact Self-Isolating 14/11/2020
Case #180 Close Contact Self-Isolating 16/11/2020
Case #179 Close Contact Self-Isolating 13/11/2020
Case #178 Close Contact Self-Isolating 14/11/2020
Case #177 Close Contact Self-Isolating 14/11/2020
Case #176 Close Contact Self-Isolating 14/11/2020
Case #175 Close Contact Self-Isolating 13/11/2020
Case #174 Close Contact Self-Isolating 15/11/2020
Case #173 Close Contact Self-Isolating 06/11/2020
Case #172 Close Contact Self-Isolating 14/11/2020
Case #171 Close Contact Self-Isolating 14/11/2020
Case #170 Close Contact Self-Isolating 13/11/2020
Case #169 Close Contact Self-Isolating 13/11/2020
Case #168 Close Contact Self-Isolating 13/11/2020
Case #167 Close Contact Self-Isolating 15/11/2020
Case #166 Close Contact Self-Isolating 15/11/2020
       


 

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Sudbury Health https://www.phsd.ca/health-topics-programs/diseases-infections/coronavirus/current-status-covid-19/
Algoma Health http://www.algomapublichealth.com/disease-and-illness/infectious-diseases/novel-coronavirus/current-status-covid-19/
TBay Healh https://www.tbdhu.com/coviddata
NorWest Health https://www.nwhu.on.ca/covid19/Pages/regional-COVID-19-results.aspx
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https://coronavirus-response-cook-county-minnesota-1-cookcountymn.hub.arcgis.com/
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Minnesota Health https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/situation.html#daily2
Ontario Health https://covid-19.ontario.ca/data 

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