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Clay County Public Health requests state help with over-taxed testing facility

COVID testing sites feel overwhelmed with omicron spreading

COVID-19 Testing site at the former Thomas Edison Elementary School. 1110 S. 14th Street.

MOORHEAD — Clay County Public Health says they feel their testing site is understaffed after 3,000 people came to be tested so far in the month of January, saying they need the state to step in and help.

They are requesting more tests kits as well as more workers and hours. Public health leaders say they need to keep up with the number of tests they give at the old Thomas Edison Elementary building.

They put in the requests for help to the Minnesota Department of Health after the site started feeling overwhelmed a month ago.

"We need them now, so the sooner the better. (H)opefully we'll hear something," said Clay County Public Health Administrator Kathy McKay. "My hope is it's we can't wait a few weeks, we need to have that right now in our community."

The state does works with the site to make sure it has what it needs -


but with Omicron spreading - other sites are feeling the stress too.

"We're hearing from the Fargo site that there's so many people that are coming over because the vault testing site isn't open until 11. So we're getting bombarded with Minnesota residents." - Kathy McKay - Clay County Public Health administrator.

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