Minnesota to Offer Free COVID-19 Testing at Six Sites across the State this Weekend
May 22, 2020 — 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.
Minnesota National Guard members will have the capacity to collect roughly 2,000 samples per day across six sites, for a total capacity of roughly 6,000 tests over the three-day weekend. The sites are hosted by the Minnesota National Guard, the Minnesota Department of Health, and the State Emergency Operations Center, which is the central coordinating cell for the majority of COVID-19 operations.
To promote the importance of testing, today, Governor Tim Walz, Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan, and Minnesota Department of Health Commission Jan Malcolm received COVID-19 tests today.
“Testing, tracing, and isolating are the best wayswe have to both understand the impact of the pandemic on our communities and to contain it, so we can continue safelynavigate this pandemic,” said Governor Walz. “I am grateful the Minnesota National Guard is helping with this important effort.”
“Just as this virus disproportionately impacts Indigenous communities, people of color, immigrants and refugees, people experiencing homelessness, low-income Minnesotans, older adults, and individuals with pre-existing conditions and disabilities, these same communities often face the most barriers to accessing testing,” said Lt. Governor Flanagan. “These six testing sites across the state eliminate many of these barriers so that we can focus on what matters most – the health of all Minnesotans.”
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.
“The Minnesota National Guard is proud to do our part for the state testing process,” said Major General Jon Jensen, Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General. “Whether during floods or snowstorm, wild-fires or pandemics, we stand ready to serve the people of Minnesota wherever and whenever we are needed.”
Starting Saturday, May 23, through Monday, May 25, the following National Guard facilities will be open to conduct testing through the weekend from 10 A.M. – 5 P.M. daily (or until supplies are exhausted):
COVID-19 Testing Locations:
- East St Paul: 1530 Maryland Ave E, St Paul, MN 55106
- Minneapolis Armory: 1025 Broadway St. NE, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55413.
- Moorhead Armory: 1002 15th Ave N, Moorhead, MN 56560
- Duluth Armory: 4015 Airpark Blvd, Duluth, MN 55811
- Faribault Armory: 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)