DECC COVID testing site to soon offer drug treatment Paxlovid – Reuters

DULUTH — The state-run COVID-19 testing site at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center will begin offering prescriptions for the antiviral drug Paxlovid next week, Gov. Tim Walz announced Wednesday. The community test-to-treat site will be in Minnesota’s top three.

People who test positive for DECC for COVID can be assessed by an on-site clinician to see if they are at high risk. They may be given a prescription for the antiviral drug Paxlovid if deemed appropriate. The drug, as well as the tests, are free for residents of Minnesota.

DECC will begin offering this service on June 14. The Minnesota Department of Health is working with the Board of Pharmacy to enable drug distribution at each community test-to-treat site. Until this is permitted, participants can go to a pharmacy of their choice to have their prescriptions filled.

The Community Test-to-Treat program is a partnership between the state of Minnesota and the federal government, which provides clinical staff, funding, and Paxlovid for the three sites. Sixty-one other test-to-treat sites are already operating across Minnesota at clinics and pharmacies, including St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth, Sawtooth Mountain Clinic in Grand Marais, and Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospital in Grand Rapids. .

Minnesotans who test positive for COVID-19 can also contact their healthcare provider about antiviral medications or treatment for COVID.

Families in Minnesota can now take advantage of free rapid home tests at health department community testing sites, including DECC. Families with children can receive up to eight test kits (16 tests) free of charge, while supplies last. They have expiration dates between July 23 and August 5. People will be asked to certify that they have children in their home.

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