Please see the information below from Aitkin County Health and Human Services

COVID-19 Community Testing Event in Aitkin

Aitkin County Public Health is working in cooperation with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), Minnesota State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) and Minnesota National Guard to host a multi-day COVID-19 Community Testing Site. Testing will be available free of charge for anyone who is interested in getting tested. MDH and the SEOC have worked to provide these clinics throughout Minnesota to ensure access to free testing.

Testing will take place at The Journey North Church in Aitkin, from 12:00-6:00 PM Tuesday, October 13th and Wednesday, October 14th and 12:00-3:00 PM on Thursday, October 15th, during MEA. The test is a mid-nasal cavity swab, so it is only about 1 inch into the nose. You can register online for the event at: https://www.primarybio.com/r/aitkin. This information is posted on Aitkin County’s website. Visit www.co.aitkin.mn.us and click on the COVID-19 banner at the top of the page. Information will also be shared on the Aitkin County Public Health Education Facebook page.

The data shows increasing numbers of positive cases in communities all over the state among people who don’t know how they contracted the virus. That means people who don’t know they have it are spreading the virus. However, if you have the virus, you can spread it, regardless of symptoms. “Community spread” puts those most vulnerable to the worst complications at grave risk. The CDC guidelines direct anyone with known exposure to a confirmed case to get tested, regardless of whether they have symptoms. Testing helps people know if they have it so they are informed and can protect their friends, family, and neighbors who might experience serious complications if they contract COVID-19. The results provide important data about the degree of spread in a community to guide future efforts to combat COVID-19 and protect those who are most vulnerable to serious complications.

The Journey North Church is located on the west end of Aitkin on Highway 210. If you have any questions, you may call Aitkin County Health & Human Services at 218-927-7200 or 800-328-3744.