Updated: November 20, 2020 06:35 PM
Created: November 20, 2020 12:39 PM
The Minnesota Department of Health on Friday released new guidance regarding who should get tested for COVID-19.
With new restrictions set to go into effect Friday night, MDH said it's important to prioritize workers in industries that remain open, such as health care workers, child care workers, retail and grocery employees, public safety officials and others working to keep critical infrastructure running.
The new guidance says:
Additionally, MDH urged Minnesotans to make an appointment for getting tested and only use the walk-in option if a test is urgently needed that day, as too many walk-ins creates long lines and increases the potential for unsafe gatherings.
“Testing is an important tool for slowing the spread of COVID-19 and we are committed to providing no-barrier access for everyone who needs it,” MDH Assistant Commissioner Dan Huff said. “We don’t want people to be confused by their options - it can be difficult to know which test people should take, and when exactly they should take it. Our updated criteria will help people more quickly determine what’s best for them in their situation.”
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