Getting tested for COVID-19, even if you do not have symptoms, is critical to curbing the spread of the virus and making sure that the only thing you bring to holiday celebrations is good cheer. To protect your friends and loved ones, make a plan to get tested with enough time to receive your results prior to gathering. If you test positive, stay home.
How to find COVID-19 testing around Minnesota:
Minnesotans have access to numerous testing options. You can make an appointment at one of two dozen state-run testing sites, or a local hospital, clinic, or pharmacy. Free at-home tests are also available. Help keep our communities safe this winter by taking advantage of these testing opportunities:
Minnesota’s COVID-19 Community Testing Sites have free tests for anyone who needs one, with or without insurance. Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are also welcome. Some sites offer PCR saliva tests (results in 1-3 days), some offer rapid tests (results in 1-3 hours), and some offer both. For accessibility accommodations, including ADA, spoken language, and American Sign Language needs, call 833-431-2053.
Find other testing providers near you, such as pharmacies and clinics, through Minnesota’s Find Testing Locations map. Different providers have different pay structures. Contact both the testing site and your insurance company to make sure you won’t be charged.
To order a free test through the state’s at-home testing program, go to COVID-19 Test at Home. Watch this YouTube.com video “How to Take an At-Home Saliva Test” to learn more.
Who should get tested?
Even if you’re not experiencing any symptoms, test before holiday gatherings to make sure you’re not spreading the virus to loved ones unknowingly.
Unvaccinated AND vaccinated Minnesotans should get tested if you have symptoms of the virus; if you have had close contact with someone who has COVID-19; when returning from international travel; or after attending a large gathering or event where people are not wearing masks and are not able to stay 6 feet apart.
You can read more here: Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Testing Recommendations.