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Local COVID-19 saliva testing site closes

Region will continue to have access to the state’s no-cost at-home testing program

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WORTHINGTON — The Minnesota Department of Health has announced the Worthington community testing site hosted its last day of testing on Sunday, May 23, with the expiration of the rental agreement at the Worthington Event Center. The change corresponds with the continued decrease in testing demand at the site as well as decreasing positivity rates and case numbers in the area.

The region will continue to have access to the state’s no-cost at-home testing program, in addition to local opportunities in the area.

Since the COVID-19 testing site at the Worthington Event Center launched in December 2020, more than 2,900 tests were conducted.

“While there is no longer a need for this type of large-scale mass testing site in Worthington, testing remains a key component of protecting Minnesotans under 12 and anyone who has not received their shot yet.” Minnesota Commissioner of Health Jan Malcom said. “The state continues to encourage folks in the Worthington area who are not fully vaccinated or aren’t eligible for the vaccine yet to get tested through the state’s no-cost at-home testing program as well as local avenues.”

The state launched the testing site in partnership with the City of Worthington, Nobles County, the Worthington Event Center and Vault Health.

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Individuals in need of an at-home COVID-19 test can walk in or schedule an appointment for a test at one of the state’s no-cost community testing sites across Minnesota.

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