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COVID-19 saliva testing in Minnesota

COVID-19 saliva testing in Minnesota

ST PAUL, MINNESOTA ~~~~~  October 14, 2020  (LSN)  Governor Walz announced  COVID-19 saliva testing sites in five locations across Minnesota.  Moorehead and Duluth in the north and Brooklyn Park, Oakdale, and Winona. 

The nice thing is you do not have to have a tool stuck up your nose. Walz said 

Walz highlighted the high rate of community spread in Minnesota, calling the upper Midwest a "hot spot" for coronavirus spread.

Once that happens, Walz said, the bad outcomes like hospitalizations and deaths begin to rise due to sheer numbers.

"We are certainly in a better place than our surrounding neighbors but that can change very quickly," Walz said.

Walz said, is testing and contact tracing to make sure that those carrying the virus, including those who are asymptomatic, can stay home and not infect others. Delays in testing and test results, the governor said, exacerbate that problem.

On Tuesday's call, Walz announced another step toward increasing that testing capacity and the speed with which people can get results back. He said two more saliva testing centers will open in Minnesota this week.

these tests will be processed in Minnesota at the new Infinity Biologix (IBX) COVID saliva lab in Oakdale, which will open next week.

Later this month, two additional sites in greater Minnesota and four more in the metro area will be finalized.

"Cases are growing faster than testing is," said Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Assistant Commissioner Dan Huff. "That is not good."

Huff said that the newest saliva testing lab will be able to process 30,000 tests per day, which would quickly bring Minnesota's capacity to 60,000 per day.

Minnesota has recorded its sixth consecutive day of 1,000-plus new COVID-19 cases, a dubious mark that has state health officials concerned. 

Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) reported 1,150 confirmed cases in the past 24-hour reporting period, based on results from 19,444 tests processed in private labs. That brings Minnesota's coronavirus case total to 114,574 since the onset of the pandemic. 

Seven more people have died of COVID-19, bringing fatalities to 2,151. Of those deaths 1,524, or 71%, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living settings.

#LSN_Health  #LSN_MNNews 

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