MINNESOTA — The Minnesota Department of Health Thursday released a statement urging Minnesotans between ages 12 to 25 — who are returning to schools, youth sports, or other extracurricular activities — to be tested for coronavirus.
Students across the state are returning to school in January after Gov. Tim Walz loosened some COVID-19 restrictions.
"Testing remains one of the most powerful tools we have to stop the spread of COVID-19," said MDH Assistant Commissioner Huff in a news release.
"We’ve worked tremendously hard and Minnesotans have made a lot of sacrifices to get students back to their classrooms, sports, and extracurricular activities. Active testing by children, college and trade school students, and those who regularly engage with folks outside of their household—like our teachers—will protect our progress and mitigate the spread of the virus."
The state has already promised public school teachers and staff access to on-campus testing.
"Even as we begin vaccinating Minnesotans the amount of vaccine that we have received from the federal government is minimal compared to our need," Huff added.
"And just this week we passed 6,000 deaths here in Minnesota. That’s 6,000 lives cut short by this virus. It’s a grim reminder that the pandemic isn’t over and that far too many of our neighbors are still impacted. We must remain vigilant and follow the safety guidelines of masking, social distancing, staying at home if sick, and getting tested."