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Posted on: October 2, 2020



Testing is free and open to all, with or without symptoms


The Minnesota Department of Health is partnering with local public health officials to give people a chance to get a COVID-19 test if they would like to get tested. Over the next several weeks there will be testing opportunities in multiple communities around the state, including Northfield, October 6th thru 8th. Testing is free, available to anyone who feels they need to be tested whether they have symptoms or not, and will not require insurance.


“Testing uncovers positive cases earlier,” Rice County Public Health Director, Deb Purfeerst said. “The test results will provide important data about the degree of spread in our area and help to guide efforts to combat COVID-19 and protect those who are most vulnerable to serious complications.”


“Many who contract COVID-19 may experience mild or even no symptoms, but some suffer life-threatening complications,” Rice County Public Health Director, Deb Purfeerst said. “All who contract the virus are contagious. Getting tested helps people know they if have contracted COVID-19 so they are informed and can protect those they are close to who might be most vulnerable to serious complications. This is a proven strategy for fighting spread of a virus like COVID-19.”




Tuesday, October 6, Wednesday, October 7, and Thursday, October 8

12 p.m. to 6 p.m.


LOCATION: Emmaus Church, 712 Linden Street N. Northfield, MN 55057

To avoid long lines, community members are encouraged to pre-register for a time slot. Visit for more information and to sign up for an appointment.


Those who are unable to sign up online or need interpretation can call 1-855-612-0677 for assistance.


Increased access to testing and early identification of positive cases is a critical way to keep schools and the economy as open as possible. 


Rice County Public Health staff will be assisting at the event. Spanish interpreters and language line will be available for those needing interpreter services.   PLEASE REMEMBER TO PRE-REGISTER! 



Deb Purfeerst, Rice County Public Health Director (507) 332-5914

Tracy Ackman-Shaw, Rice County Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator (507)332-5921

Sara Folsted, Rice County Administrator (507) 332-6100

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