Today, Governor Walz announced that Minnesotans who need or want to be tested for COVID-19 will be able to access free testing at six National Guard Armory locations across Minnesota throughout the Memorial Day holiday weekend: Saturday, May 23, through Monday, May 25.
“Testing, tracing, and isolating are the best ways to both understand the impact of the pandemic on our communities and to contain it, so we can continue safely reopening our state,” said Governor Walz. “I am grateful the Minnesota National Guard is helping with this important effort as we continue to navigate this pandemic.”
The testing teams at each site are comprised of a coalition of National Guard members and state or local public health employees. Social distancing and the practice of wearing a mask will be enforced at the testing locations for everyone’s protection. Anyone experiencing symptoms should self-quarantine before and after their test until they receive their results.
COVID-19 Testing Locations:
East St Paul
1530 Maryland Ave E, St Paul, MN 55106
1025 Broadway St. NE, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55413.
1002 15th Ave N, Moorhead, MN 56560
4015 Airpark Blvd, Duluth, MN 55811
3000 W Airport Rd, Faribault, MN 55021
St. James Armory
521 Armstrong Blvd N, St James, MN 56081
Who can be tested?
Any Minnesotan. We especially encourage those who are ill, or who has been directly exposed to a known COVID-19 positive contact.
How will the testing take place?
No appointment is necessary. National Guard members will swab the inside of your nose and ask you to complete paperwork with your name and contact information so you can be contacted with results. Results will be provided by phone and expected with an average of 48 hours.
Is there a charge for the test?
There is no charge for the testing and Minnesotans will not be asked for insurance cards or ID.
When can I be tested?
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Sunday and Monday (Memorial Day)
Will there be future opportunities like this?
Future testing events depend on several factors, including demand demonstrated this weekend. Minnesotans can find other testing facilities as well as a symptom screening tool at https://mn.gov/covid19/for-minnesotans/if-sick/.