Created: February 24, 2021 01:42 PM
(ABC 6 News) - The Minnesota Department of Health announced Wednesday a new focus on testing families and school-age children for COVID-19 on a regular basis.
"Even as more people across the state are getting vaccinated, public health officials are reminding Minnesotans that COVID-19 testing remains an important tool for limiting disease impacts and ending the pandemic as quickly as possible."
The campaign officially launched Wednesday that focuses on testing young children and asking families to get tested every two weeks until the end of the school year. The campaign will include "targeted outreach to families, health professionals, schools, and youth organizations to encourage regular COVID-19 testing."
The recommendation is for all youth returning to school, youth sports, or extracurricular activities to get tested every two weeks through the end of the school year. While it is not a requirement, health officials say regular testing complements other safety measures already in place, such as masking and social distancing. MDH will be providing a range of online resources schools and youth organizations can send to families to encourage testing. The state has also updated its own testing resources to make testing easier to do for families.
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