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Video: Walz to announce significant expansion to statewide COVID-19 testing

Nov 09, 2020 06:10AM ● By Editor

Watch the KSTP-TV Report here

From KSTP-TV - November 9, 2020

Monday, Gov. Tim Walz is set to announce a significant expansion to statewide COVID-19 testing.

He'll do so at the Minneapolis Convention Center where a new, free COVID-19 saliva test site opens Monday.

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS will be at the event, able to see the testing site and talk with health officials and the governor about the status of COVID-19 in the state and what to expect regarding steps to curb the spread. 

The Minneapolis Convention Center site will be the eighth saliva testing site in the state.

Other sites have been successful, testing tens of thousands of Minnesotans. Officials report 50,000 people were tested in one day alone. 

Not only is the test less intense, but the sites were created to get as many people tested as possible.

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS connected with a few people who took a saliva test who told us it was quick and easy. 

"It's just a peace of mind kind of thing," Tom Weaver, who got a test, said. "You can go about your life letting people know, that way everybody is in the know, the best information is available, and they can make decisions appropriately. Really quick and easy, if you have symptoms come and get tested, it's not tough." 

Health officials say the increase in 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. 

At 8:45 a.m., Walz is expected to make the official announcement about the significant expansion to statewide COVID-19 testing.

To watch the original story and see related reporting, follow this link to the KSTP-TV website.

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