Gov. Tim Walz announces plan to expand COVID-19 testing

Via Star Tribune

“Gov. Tim Walz announced a new statewide pandemic strategy Wednesday, leveraging the University of Minnesota, Mayo Clinic and other state health care providers to increase COVID-19 diagnostic testing in the state to as many as 20,000 Minnesotans per day.”

“The increased testing, announced at a news conference at the state’s emergency operations center in St. Paul, is the centerpiece of Walz’s plan to boost contact tracing and isolation of people who test positive for COVID-19 to help control the pandemic and start reopening businesses and other public spaces. Schools and many businesses are closed under an executive stay-at-home order, which Walz has extended to at least May 4.”

“The 20,000 tests a day goes well beyond the 5,000 tests Walz recently said the state needed in order to start reopening the economy and could surpass the number of tests being conducted anywhere in the world. ‘We are smothering this issue of testing with talent, I would argue, better than any place on this planet,’ said Walz.”

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