Health Officials Conducting Statewide COVID-19 Survey of Minnesota Households, Includes Free Testing
(FOX 9) – The Minnesota Department of Health is conducting a voluntary statewide survey over the next two weeks to help officials better understand the prevalence of COVID-19 in the state.
The survey will include free COVID-19 testing for all members of participating households.
Through Sept. 30, teams of public health professionals will be visiting randomly selected households in 180 preselected sites across the state to conduct the Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) survey, according to a news release.
If they agree to participate in the survey, one member of the household will complete a questionnaire. All household members who consent can receive a COVID-19 test to see if they are currently infected with the virus and an antibody test to see they have previously been infected.
Participants with positive results for either test will be contacted by a nurse to receive additional information. All questionnaire responses and results will be kept private.
Only households approached by the public health teams are eligible to participate in the survey.
Several other states are also conducting COVID-19 CASPER surveys.
The goals of the survey, as outlined by MDH, are to:
- Understand how COVID-19 has spread in Minnesota communities
- Understand what caused COVID-19 to spread in certain areas
- Explore how COVID-19 transmission and infection rates differ among regions in Minnesota
- Identify the percentage of people infected with COVID-19 that have no symptoms
- Improve health messaging and help stop COVID-19 spread
Minnesota is one of several states COVID-19 CASPER surveys, according to MDH.
For more information about the CASPER COVID-19 Public Health Survey, click here.