In Minnesota, Some Parents Skip Kids' COVID Testing

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The Minnesota Department of Health says it is aware that parents are choosing not to test their student-athlete children for COVID-19 for fear of them missing action, and that it’s happening across the state.

“Such a choice would be a short-term decision with long-term implications," an MDH spokesperson told St. Paul's ABC affiliate KSTP. Ultimately it leads to more spread of disease, more hospitalizations and deaths that undermine [the] opening up that has happened.”

As KSTP reported, families in the Hibbing School District received a March 15 letter from the Saint Louis County Public Health Division director Amy Westbrook, which stated, “In just the first two weeks of March, we have 11 confirmed cases in youth ages 5-19, and a significant percentage of these cases are linked to athletic activities. Also disturbing, we are hearing of instances of parents intentionally avoiding getting their children tested and encouraging others to do the same.”

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