Halstad Living Center Participates in Mass Testing

By Mark Askelson markkrjb@loretel.net (5/22/20)

Halstad, MN -- As part of a statewide effort to reduce coronavirus deaths in long-term care facilities, the Halstad Living Center participated in a mass COVID-19 testing earlier this week with assistance from the Minnesota National Guard. Many long-term care facilities that have already had confirmed COVID-19 cases have already done the mass testing. The Halstad Living Center has yet to have any confirmed cases, but Sarah Kjono of Norman-Mahnomen Public Health says this a preventative measure in case any of the staff or residents are A-symptomatic and they can quickly isolate the cases before it spreads.

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The results of the mass testing at the Halstad Living Center, which was conducted Wednesday, were not yet available. Facilities may also conduct their own mass tests with partnerships with local health facilities.

As far as mass testing for the general public in Norman County, Kjono says there has been discussions of it, but since there hasn’t been a massive outbreak there hasn’t been a major need for it.

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Following a recent outbreak of the coronavirus at long-term care facility in Mayville, Traill-Steele Public Health will be doing mass testing this Saturday for close contacts of positive cases, first responders, health care workers from 10am until Noon and for the general public from noon until 2pm. The testing will be conducted at the MayPort-CG High School parking lot. For more information, visit the Traill-Steel Joint Information Facebook page.