UPDATE: Walz announces statewide expansion of coronavirus testing


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota is adding more than a dozen free COVID-19 testing sites around the state over the next two weeks in an effort to bring the virus under control.

Cases in Minnesota have surged in recent weeks, with a record-high of 5,924 new positive tests reported Sunday. State officials also reported 31 new deaths Sunday.

Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan said testing at the new sites will be free and available to anyone who wants to be tested whether they have symptoms or not.

One new site, at the Minneapolis Convention Center, opened Monday and offers saliva testing.

An additional 11 sites will open next Monday at National Guard armories throughout the state.

Find more information on how and where to receive a COVID-19 test here.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz is set to announce an expansion to statewide COVID-19 testing on Monday.

Walz plans to visit the Minneapolis Convention Center where a new, free coronavirus saliva test site opens.

It will be the eighth saliva testing site in the state. The other sites have gotten plenty of traffic, with officials reporting 50,000 people who were tested in one day alone. There is one in Winona.

Health officials say increased testing is needed to help people find out if they have COVID-19 and help the department track, trace, and find asymptomatic people to prevent more spreading.

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