WADENA — Tri-County Health Care is changing the COVID-19 test result notification process. In an effort to reduce clinical workload, negative test results will be predominantly communicated via MyChart and mail. Patients with positive test results will be contacted by phone and MyChart, according to a news release.

It is strongly recommended patients sign up and use MyChart. This service allows for the efficient distribution of medical information and instructions, including test results. Patients often receive test results much faster by utilizing MyChart. Sign up for MyChart on TCHC.org/mychart.

On Tuesday, Oct. 26, the Minnesota National Guard will be overseeing a COVID-19 rapid testing site in Wadena. It will operate 11 a.m. to 6 p.m on Mondays and Tuesdays at the Wadena Armory, 517 N. Jefferson St., Wadena. It will continue until the end of December. Tests can be arranged by appointment or walk-in. Testing is free.

Additionally, medical staff at Tri-County Health Care anticipate the COVID-19 vaccine will be approved for children, ages 5-11. Continue to check local newspapers and TCHC.org for further updates.

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