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CentraCare / Carris Health – Redwood Pauses COVID-19 Testing for People Without Symptoms

Because of a large increase in demand for COVID-19 testing, and a low supply of testing supplies and staff, CentraCare and Carris Health – Redwood are making changes to their COVID-19 testing procedures.

Beginning Friday, Jan. 14, CentraCare and Carris Health will pause COVID-19 testing at curbside, clinic, emergency department and urgent care sites for community members who are asymptomatic, meaning they have no symptoms of COVID-19.

CentraCare and Carris Health – Redwood, like many other health care organizations across Minnesota these days, encourage affected community members to use an at-home COVID-19 test or find a community testing site.

This pause on asymptomatic testing will include:

  • Back to school testing
  • Return to work testing
  • Daycare testing
  • Pre-travel and event testing
  • COVID-19 confirmation tests
  • “Worried well” repeat testers

Who will still be eligible for a test at CentraCare/Carris Health:

  • People who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19
  • Long-term care testing
  • Pre-procedure testing

CentraCare will prioritize testing resources for when medically necessary, and to meet the needs of the highest risk groups.



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