ROBBINSDALE, Min. (WCCO) – Starting Thursday, people with symptoms of COVID-19 will have a new drive-through test option because the North Memorial Health Specialization Center has expanded its testing capabilities.
The site, located at 3435 West Broadway Avenue in Robbinsdale, will be open to anyone who shows at least one symptom of the new corona virus, whether it is fever, coughing or breathing difficulties. This test is free for patients, all they need is an insurance card, a valid ID, and accurate contact information. No doctor’s referral is needed.
While the site will be designed as a drive-through operation, patient walk-ups will also be accepted. This site will open from 8 am to 4 pm.
During the test, a worker will wipe the patient’s nose and then place the sample in a sterile container for testing. After patients receive follow-up information, they are free to leave. Results are expected to be available in five to seven days.
This drive-through site will be one of the factors that allows Minnesota to reach or possibly exceed 5,000 tests per day, which according to Governor Tim Walz is one of the conditions for reopening more sectors of the country’s economy. The ultimate goal is to have the country’s capacity to reach 20,000 tests a day.
Since the outbreak began in Minnesota in March, more than 8,000 people have tested positive for COVID-19. While around 5,000 people have recovered from this disease, 485 people have died. Many of the victims are residents of nursing homes, which have been hit by pathogens.
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