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Carris Health, CentraCare pause COVID-19 testing for those without symptoms

Citing a shortage of supplies and staff, Carris Health and CentraCare have paused testing of asymptomatic people for now.

Health care working in protective gear administers COVID-19 test
At a public COVID-19 testing site in October 2020 at the Willmar National Guard Armory, swabber Nancy Anderson administers a COVID-19 test. Erica Dischino / West Central Tribune file photo

WILLMAR — Beginning Friday, Jan. 14, Carris Health and CentraCare will stop testing asymptomatic people at its testing sites for now.

The pause in testing is due to a significant increase in demand for COVID-19 testing and a low supply of testing supplies and staff.

The pause in testing will include curbside, clinic, emergency department and urgent care sites.

The pause includes:

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

Other health care organizations in the state are making similar decisions, according to a news release from Carris/CentraCare.
People in the community are encouraged to use at-home tests or go to a community testing site.

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The organizations said they hope the testing pause will be temporary and ask people in their communities to help stop the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a mask, getting vaccinated, socially distancing and washing your hands.

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