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Local health officials recommend COVID-19 testing after increase in cases in downtown Rochester

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Olmsted County Public Health officials are recommending individuals get tested after seeing a continued increase in positive cases in the community.

A number of COVID-19 cases have been linked to the downtown area of Rochester in the past three weeks, according to a news release from Olmsted County Public Health.

Olmsted County Public Health Director Graham Briggs said in a news conference on Thursday that more than 25 COVID-19 cases have been linked to social settings in downtown Rochester.

Public health officials said people may have been exposed to COVID-19 if they spent time in downtown Rochester bars between June 26 and July 7 where customers or staff were not following social distancing guidelines or wearing masks. Olmsted County Health is recommending that individuals contact their provider's COVID-19 triage line to see if they should get tested.

Health officials recommended contacting the following phone numbers:

Mayo COVID-19 Nurse Line at 507-293-9525

Olmsted Medical Center COVID-19 nurse line at 507-292-7266

If you do not have a provider, contact  507-292-7266

Health officials also recommended that members of the community continue to adhere to safety guidelines to reduce the spread of COVID-19. This includes washing your hands, covering your cough or sneeze, not touching your face, saying home when you feel sick, staying six feet apart and wearing a face covering or mask in indoor public spaces.

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