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All ages now can get screened for coronavirus; protests spur change
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All ages now can get screened for coronavirus; protests spur change

From the Milestones in Nebraska's coronavirus fight series
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A lab technician adds a reactive agent to a COVID-19 test May 27 at CHI Health St. Elizabeth Hospital. The reactant helps to identify COVID-19 and helps the process increase testing capacity. 

State health officials on Tuesday expanded testing eligibility to all age groups in Lancaster County for Test Nebraska, which can allow protesters of all ages involved in the recent George Floyd demonstrations to get screened for coronavirus. 

In Douglas and Sarpy counties, people ages 15 to 35 can now schedule an appointment though Test Nebraska. 

A Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman recently confirmed to the Omaha World-Herald that the protests spurred the change. 

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Pat Lopez, interim director of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department, stressed the importance of tests for those who gathered among large crowds. 

"We thought some of the people who have been at mass gatherings may want to get tested, and we didn't want that to be a barrier for them to access that," Lopez said.

Those seeking a test must still go to TestNebraska.com and complete an assessment to schedule a test.

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Photos: Lincoln during the pandemic

 

Reach the writer at 402-473-2657 or rjohnson@journalstar.com.

On Twitter @LJSRileyJohnson.

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