State Sen. Torrey Westrom. (Photo: Marshall Hoffman)

Republican State Senator Torrey Westrom of Elbow Lake told KMRS that he agrees with Governor Walz that increased testing for COVID-19 is important for re-opening the state’s economy, but it’s not the only thing to consider when making that decision.

“There’s no better piece of mind than to be able to test and to make sure you either don’t have it or, if you do, that you can treat it accordingly, and you know that,” said Westrom. “So, knowledge is power. That’s a great benchmark, I believe, but if it’s not possible any time soon, I think we’re going to have to look at other metrics and figure out models to get our economy, get our state, re-opened.”

Westrom said he was encouraged by reports that both the Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota are ready to increase the amount of testing they can handle to between 5,000 and 10,000 in a day.

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