Brooklyn Park’s Starlite Center COVID-19 Testing Site Among Busiest in State
Many people are adding COVID-19 testing to their last-minute holiday to-do list as coronavirus cases continue to rise in Minnesota and across the country. Monday, the Minnesota Department of Health reported almost 3,400 new cases.
The Brooklyn Park Starlite Center is one of the busiest testing locations in the state. Minnesota Department of Health officials ask people to pack their patience when they get tested in Brooklyn Park because the lines are sometimes lengthy with waits of more than an hour.
“We’ve got some people coming over, and we’ve had our booster and everything but, we don’t want to give it to somebody else if we do possibly have it,” said Wayne Clausen, who visited the testing site Monday.
The Brooklyn Park COVID-19 testing location offers free saliva and rapid COVID-19 tests. People can get their results as quickly as 15 minutes with the rapid version.
“We just got back from Arizona after eight days, and we want to make sure that we’re safe around our family and friends,” said Debra Gunnes, who also visited the site.
Health experts ask the public to get vaccinated, get tested and wear face protection while getting together for the holidays. Meanwhile, Minnesota Department of Health officials ask the public not to go to the ER to get tested unless the person needs to be hospitalized.