Governor Walz launched a new website this week that provides a user-friendly approach to helping Minnesotans find a COVID-19 testing location near them. This website, which now can connect individuals to one of the 127 clinics and health care facilities able to test for the virus, also offers an interactive screening program that helps determine if someone needs a test along with other general information. Through the website, the state will also be able to coordinate with local public health and tribal organizations to ensure their communities are being supported.
The release of this website was made in conjunction with the governor announcing an unprecedented leap forward in rapid, accessible, and widespread testing across all of Minnesota. Through a partnership with the state, the Mayo Clinic, and University of Minnesota, as many as 20,000 Minnesotans can be tested every day, symptomatic people will have access to a test, and confirmed cases will be isolated. Although gradually re-opening the state is still being approached with caution and guidance from experts, this breakthrough is very good news for the state of Minnesota.