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.
There is no charge for the testing and Minnesotans will not be asked for insurance cards or ID. Testing takes place from 10 am to 5 pm, Saturday, Sunday and Monday (Memorial Day). No appointment is necessary to be tested.
Any Minnesotan can be tested. Testing is especially recommended for those who are ill, and those who have been directly exposed to a known COVID-19 positive contact.
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.
“Testing, tracing, and isolating are the best tools we have to understand the impact of the pandemic on our communities and to contain it, so we can continue safely navigating this pandemic,” said Governor Tim Walz. “I am grateful the Minnesota National Guard is helping with this important effort.”
“These six testing sites across the state eliminate some of the barriers to testing so that we can focus on what matters most – the health of all Minnesotans,” said Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan. “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 access testing.”
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. Anyone experiencing symptoms should self-quarantine before and after their test until they receive their results.
Starting Saturday, May 23, through Monday, May 25, the following National Guard facilities will be open to conduct testing through the weekend from 10 am – 5 pm daily (or until supplies are exhausted):
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
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/.