TYLER (KMHL) – Avera Tyler is holding community COVID-19 testing in that community and the surrounding area as cases in Lincoln County are on the upswing.

Officials announced they will be holding the community testing from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Wednesday.

“Cases of COVID-19 in Lincoln County and connected to the area have increased over the last week or so,” said Avera Regional President and CEO, Mary Maertens, of Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center. “Beyond the cases reported by the Minnesota Department of Health for Lincoln County, there are additional cases tied to the county. Also, a significant number of individuals could have been exposed at recent large gatherings. Holding a community testing event will help to identify people who have the virus. Asking them to isolate will help slow the spread.”

Avera officials say anyone who is currently experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, even mild symptoms should get tested. Additionally, they suggest that if someone has had symptoms in the last 4-to-10 days, have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, or recently attended a large community event or gathering should also get tested.

Test site details

Testing will be conducted at Avera-Tyler from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Officials say traffic should approach the collection site by taking Ash Street to Highland Court. Individuals should bring a driver’s license and insurance card, if possible.

Avera notes that insurance companies and government programs like Medicare and Medicaid have taken steps to ensure coverage and eliminate any out-of-pocket costs for COVID-19 testing at this time. For self-pay, there will not be a bill at this time. Avera says they will seek reimbursement from any applicable government programs which may provide coverage for the test.

However, Avera says people may receive a bill should government funding not cover the cost of testing. Avera notes there are assistance programs for those who qualify.

Avera officials say no appointment is needed to get tested on Wednesday.