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Free COVID-19 testing in Winona

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WINONA, MN. (WXOW) - More free COVID-19 testing is now available to the public, this time in Winona as students at area universities return to campus.

The site is located at the corner of Main and Mark St. in Winona and will be open Tuesday & Wednesday from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Walk-ups and drive-ups are both welcome and you can pre-register here.

The Minnesota Department of Health partnered with local public health officials and universities in Winona to bring another free testing site to the area.

Testing is also available to anyone who wants to be tested, not just those showing symptoms, and not just students. With the influx of college students back into the community, Winona County Emergency Management Director Ben Klinger says they want to make sure they test as many people as they can to help combat more community spread.

"There's a rise in cases in Winona County, some in conjunction with school starting and just community spread," said Klinger. "We felt we needed to get a better picture of where the cases are and how many cases we have so we can get in front of that and mitigate and isolate cases to keep everybody safe."

Signs that were up at the testing site said they hope to have results in as little as 3 days. From there they will identify hot spots in the community and implement quarantine procedures as necessary.

Winona County and area colleges will use the data from this two day event to help decide what changes to make for the upcoming fall semester.

After two days, they hope to test over 2,000 people.

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Warren Sears

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