Mail-order COVID-19 tests now available to all Minnesotans; 11 new testing sites to open next week – KSTP

Mail-order COVID-19 tests now available to all Minnesotans; 11 new testing sites to open next week – KSTP

KSTP’s complete COVID-19 coverage

The news comes as Minnesota has reported record-high numbers of new cases in a single-day and deaths this week.

“Minnesota is entering the most difficult phase of the pandemic yet,” MDH Commissioner Jan Malcolm said. “We have record levels of new cases, high hospitalization numbers, and increased community spread. At the same time, we know promising vaccines are entering new stages of development.”

“Right now, our job is to build a bridge to that day when safe and effective vaccines are widely available. We do that by working together to limit the impacts of COVID-19 on our families and communities through the simple steps we know make a difference. That includes social distancing, masking, avoiding crowds, staying home when sick, and getting tested when appropriate. This latest expansion of testing makes that last part easier by providing Minnesotans with an unprecedented level of access to COVID-19 tests, putting nearly every Minnesotan just three days from a test result,” Malcolm added.

All of the new testing sites, as well as the mail-order program, are free and available to all Minnesotans, regardless of whether they have symptoms or not. No insurance is required, either.

MDH also announced it will open another new saliva testing site in Burnsville on Monday. It will be the 10th saliva testing site operated by Vault Medical Services. The site will be located at the former Pier 1 store.

Below is a complete list of the 11 new longer-term testing sites, along with their locations and the date they
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