Minnesota Attorney General’s Office files lawsuit against COVID testing sites

Including site in Rochester
The MN Attorney General's Office is filing a lawsuit against a COVID testing company that has a location in Rochester.
Published: Jan. 19, 2022 at 7:21 PM CST
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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – The Minnesota Attorney General’s Office has filed a lawsuit against Center for COVID Control, an Illinois-based company that ran dozens of COVID testing sites across the county that failed to deliver results or in some cases, even delivered false results.

It has a location in Rochester at 1218 7th Street NW; at the Northgate Center.

“The Attorney General’s Office is here to protect Minnesotans from COVID-19 spread, but also from false, inaccurate information that will exacerbate the crisis,” Attorney General Keith Ellison said.

The Attorney General’s Office received numerous complaints from Minnesotans who submitted results at these sites.

“People across the country tested with these companies to keep themselves and their families safe. They trusted they would get correct results on time. They didn’t get that,” Ellison said.

Dozens of people in Rochester got tested at the site after it opened in November. It recently closed down on January 14 and a sign on its door says it will be closed until January 22. But with the impending lawsuit, it may be even longer.

Many folks chose to get tested at the site, because it seemed convenient.

“I went in here and did it myself which I thought they should have done it, but I just did it myself. I think I got up there far enough. Nobody really watched. Got the results within probably two to three minutes, and turned out to be negative,” Steve Anderson, who used the site in December, said.

“It was really quick. We got in line, they asked us to fill out a form on our phones with a lot of personal information including uploading our drivers license. We got some rapid tests and were out pretty quickly. But were just a little concerned about how legitimate this site was, because it really wasn’t run super professionally,” Olivia Bergan who got tested before traveling for the holidays said.

Bergan is actually one of the many people in the state who filed a complaint with the Attorney General and is happy to hear the office is doing something about it.

“An investigator followed up with me, and I was able to speak with her. I’m really glad they’re able to take action on this,” Bergan said.

If you visited a testing site ran by Center for COVID Control in Minnesota and want to file a complaint with the Attorney General’s Office, you can file a complaint by calling the attorney general’s office at (651) 296-3353 or clicking here.

Olmsted County Public Health says there are a number of legitimate COVID testing sites up and running.

For Mayo Clinic patients, call the COVID-19 Nurse Line at 507-293-9525.

For Olmsted Medical Center patients, call the COVID-19 Nurse Line at 507-292-7266.

To make an appointment at Health Services, also known as Migrant Health, call 507-529-0503 to schedule an appointment.

Three Hy-vee locations in Olmsted County are offering COVID testing: 500 Crossroads Drive SW, Rochester, MN 55902, 4221 West Circle Dr. NW, Rochester, MN 55901, and 220 Center Town Plz N, Stewartville, MN 55976. To register for an appointment, click here.

Two Walgreens locations in Olmsted County are offering COVID testing: 80 14th St SW, Rochester, MN 55902 and 1112 Civic Center Dr NW, Rochester, MN 55901. To register for an appointment, click here.

Compcare Occupational Medicine and Urgent Care at 5507 Chateau Rd W, Rochester, MN 55901 is offering walk-in testing appointments.

To order an at-home testing kit, visit either USPS’s website or the Minnesota Department of Health’s website.

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