Questions around who can be tested for COVID-19 continue to swirl as the state ramps up their testing capabilities. Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm says the guidance they have been providing health care facilities is to test all symptomatic individuals:

“There is a clinical reason why waiting to test while your symptomatic makes sense. Is it just a matter of conserving resources it’s also considered best practices in terms of the accuracy of the results.”

Malcolm says an exception to these guidelines would be the case of large congregate areas, such as processing plants or long-term care facilities, where many people can be exposed in one area. Malcolm says it is possible health care providers may not be able to test a person for various reasons but should be able to refer that person to a site where they can be tested.