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Free COVID-19 testing in Austin this weekend after cases spiked in Mower County

Anyone – even those without symptoms – can get tested.

There will be free COVID-19 testing in Austin, Minnesota, this weekend after a spike of cases have been reported in Mower County.

This free testing will be available to anyone who wants it, regardless if they have symptoms, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) said. Those who are undocumented or don't have health insurance can get tested.

“COVID-19 can spread easily in communities, and sometimes people can spread the infection when they don’t even know they are infected,” Minnesota Commissioner of Health Jan Malcolm said in a statement. “No one wants to pass this illness to their friends or family. Getting tested provides vital information and peace of mind on an individual level, and on a community level it helps us slow the spread of the disease.”

Testing will be available at the Mower County Fairgrounds, 700 12th St. SW, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. People can pre-register for a time slot online or by calling 1-800-657-3903. 

The number of cases spiked in Mower County this week, with 73 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday.

Mower County now has the second-highest number of confirmed cases per capita in the state with 1.86 percent. Nobles County – the scene of the earlier outbreak at the JBS Pork meatpacking plant – has the highest with 7.36 percent.

The state's most populous county – Hennepin – has a rate of 0.83 percent.

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