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Gov. Tim Walz to announce 'significant expansion' of COVID-19 testing

He will reveal the next step Monday morning.
Governor Tim Walz

Gov. Tim Walz will announce Monday morning a "significant expansion" of access to COVID-19 testing in Minnesota.

The governor's office announced Sunday that Walz will be speaking at 8:45 a.m., when he will reveal details of his administration's efforts to expand testing access "across Minnesota."

He will be making the announcement at the state's new saliva testing site at the Minneapolis Convention Center, where he will be joined by among others Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm, and Vault Health Vice President of Field Operations Shawn Baxley.

The inclusion of Baxley from Vault – the state's partner for COVID-19 saliva testing – suggests that the announcement will relate to saliva testing, which has seen Minnesota roll out a number of saliva testing sites across the state in recent weeks.

There is also a trial ongoing in 24 counties since late October where residents can order at-home saliva testing by mail.

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