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Free COVID-19 testing on the Iron Range Tuesday, Wednesday

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MN -- Free COVID-19 tests will be available on the Iron Range next week, the county announced Wednesday.

St. Louis County is partnering with the Minnesota Department of Health to offer the two-day, drive-thru testing event as northern Minnesota communities see an increase in confirmed cases.

"We are seeing an increasing number of COVID-19 cases in Iron Range communities, and many appear to have been spread through community transmission," said Amy Westbrook, St. Louis County Public Health Division Director. "We encourage everyone to be tested. People may be asymptomatic and not realize they have the virus and could unknowingly spread it to others."

The testing will be held at the St. Louis County Fairgrounds, 1010 Discovery Drive in Chisholm, from noon to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 29.

You are not required to have symptoms to be tested.

No insurance or identification is needed.

"While the testing is being done in Chisholm, residents from across the Iron Range are welcome and encouraged to be tested," St. Louis County leaders wrote.

For convenience, people are encouraged to pre-register, giving them a specific testing time slot.

Click here to register online https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/teststlouis.html

People will be allowed to drive up without an appointment, but those who have not preregistered may have to wait or be directed to come back later.

Anyone who is unable to sign up online, or who needs a translator, can call 1-855-612-0677 for assistance.

Those being tested will not have to leave their vehicle.

Results are expected back in just a few days and will be communicated directly to the person who was tested.

Briggs LeSavage

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