The Minnesota Department of Health has announced the launch of its pilot program that will allow residents to take COVID-19 saliva tests in their own homes, and mail in their samples for processing.
The state has said that saliva tests will be made available free of charge to residents in 24 counties initially, with the intention of it being rolled out statewide.
Through the state’s saliva testing program – which could eventually see 30,000 tests a day processed – individuals can perform the test by spitting into a small tube while being observed by a healthcare professional during a telehealth visit. They then ship the sample to the state’s new processing lab in Oakdale, with the results emailed to patients within 24-48 hours.
For the pilot program, MDH has selected counties that aren’t close to the state’s walk-up saliva testing facilities (in Moorhead, Mankato, Duluth, Brooklyn Park and Winona) or where community testing access has been limited.
Local counties where the mail order, test-at-home program will initially be available include: Kittson, Beltrami, the Red Lake Nation and Pennington County. You can find out more information and order a test at COVID-19 Test at Home.