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Community-wide COVID-19 testing available in Willmar

Free community COVID-19 testing for those with or without symptoms is available at the Willmar Armory through Oct. 8.

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Registered nurse Maryury Oviedo, left, administers a COVID-19 test swab to Dana Thompson Tuesday afternoon at the COVID-19 testing site at the Willmar Armory. Free community COVID-19 testing for those with or without symptoms is available by the Minnesota Department of Health at the Willmar Armory through Oct. 8. Erica Dischino / West Central Tribune

WILLMAR — Dozens of west central Minnesotans headed to the Willmar Armory on Tuesday to be tested for COVID-19. The Minnesota Department of Health is offering free community COVID-19 testing through Thursday at the Armory location due to the increase in cases in the region, according to a news release from the department.

The testing is available for those with or without symptoms or direct exposure. The Department of Health encourages those who want to be tested to register in advance for a time slot at https://www.primarybio.com/r/willmar . Testing is conducted from noon to 6 p.m. each day.

Erica Dischino is a photojournalist for the West Central Tribune and Forum News Service. She grew up in northern New Jersey and has lived in the Midwest since 2017. She enjoys photographing the stories of west central Minnesota from county fairs, parades and pandemics. Feel free to contact her at edischino@wctrib.com or 320-894-8865 with your best photo ideas.
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