Health officials encourage protesters to get tested for COVID-19

There are 215 COVID-19 testing locations in Minnesota.
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Minnesotans who have participated or plan to participate in George Floyd protests should eventually find their healthcare provider and schedule a COVID-19 test. 

To be clear, nobody should immediately go get tested because the novel coronavirus has an incubation period of 2-14 tests, with the a common timeframe for onset of symptoms being 5-7 days after being infected. 

Kris Ehresmann, director of the Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Prevention, and Control Division at the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), said Monday that they are "working to get materials out to healthcare providers so they're aware" of the testing recommendations. 

Even those who went to the protests and are asymptomatic will be encouraged to go in for a test. You can find a testing location near you right here

"People won't be showing signs of disease right away, but we definitely are going to be encouraging people who participated to consider getting tested and reaching out to their healthcare provider," said Ehresmann. 

Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm added: ""If it's done too early, even after someone has in fact been infected, the test may not pick up the positive if they're not far enough into that incubation period. That's a very important reason why we're not saying everyone go out and get tested now."

It'll likely be up to three weeks before the anyone will know if the large protests will lead to a larger outbreak of COVID-19 in Minnesota. 

Crowds measuring in the many thousands have marched through the streets of the Twin Cities since 46-year-old George Floyd died while in police custody in south Minneapolis. 

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