Test-to-Treat COVID-19 Option Now Offered in Brooklyn Park
Brooklyn Park COVID-19 Site Offers Prescription to Paxlovid
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz made a stop in Brooklyn Park on Thursday to promote the city’s COVID-19 community testing site.
The location is one of three community facilities in the state to offer a test-to-treat option. Minnesota is one of the first states to partner with the federal government to offer the treatment option.
“This is one of the best things we can do,” said Walz. “The test-and-treat sites are highly successful at reducing hospitalizations, reducing some of those long-term effects from COVID.”
The Starlite Center location is the busiest in the state for COVID-19 testing. The facility will now offer a prescription for the antiviral drug Paxlovid.
People who think they have COVID-19 can go to the Brooklyn Park location for a rapid antigen test. The results take about 15 minutes.
If you test positive, you can meet with a medical professional, who will review a long list of questions to see if the antiviral medicine is a good fit for you. However, you need to be considered high risk to get a prescription. High risk includes the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions. If approved, you can pick up a prescription for the antiviral drug.
Governor Walz says his team is working on making the antiviral drug available on site. The prescription test-to-treat service starts Friday at the Brooklyn Park location.
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