3 Minnesota cities to host ‘test-to-treat’ COVID sites

Gov. Tim Walz’s office has announced where the first three COVID-19 test-to-treat sites will be located.

Two weeks ago, the White House announced that Minnesota would be getting federal help to turn state-run community testing sites into test-to-treat locations. Test-to-treat sites will offer COVID testing, assessments, and the oral antiviral treatment Paxlovid all at the same place.

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The governor’s office says in the next week, Brooklyn Park (June 10), Moorhead (June 13), and Duluth (June 14) will have community sites transformed into test-to-treat sites.

“I am proud to be one of the first states to partner with the federal government to offer more test-to-treat options to people who need them,” Walz said in a statement. “We will continue to make sure all Minnesotans have options when it comes to testing for and treating COVID-19. It is important when someone tests positive for COVID-19, they have immediate access to treatment options.”

The new sites will still provide testing and, if necessary, Paxlovid at no cost to patients.

While walk-ins will be accepted, the state is urging appointments, which can be made online.

Other test-to-treat sites can also be found online.

“Minnesota has been a leader on innovation in COVID-19 testing throughout the pandemic, and this exciting partnership with the federal government is another step to help ensure all Minnesotans can get the COVID-19 testing and care that they need,” Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said. “Antiviral treatments are a critical piece of our fight against COVID-19 and new community test to treat sites will ensure those treatments are more accessible and available statewide. We’re grateful to our federal partners for their continued support of our nation-leading COVID-19 response.”

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Last week, the state also made more at-home rapid COVID-19 tests available for Minnesotans to order.

Those with questions about COVID-19 can call MDH’s public hotline at 1-833-431-2053.