Minnesota National Guard conducting free COVID-19 testing through Memorial Day weekend

    Healthcare workers screen a patient for COVID-19 at a drive-through coronavirus testing site on March 18 in Virginia. Photo by Getty Images

    Gov. Tim Walz on Friday announced free COVID-19 testing at six sites throughout Minnesota.

    The Minnesota National Guard will be conducting testing for anyone who wants one at armories in east St. Paul, Minneapolis, Moorhead, Duluth, Faribault and St. James starting on Saturday through Monday. 

    The testing will not require an appointment or identification. National Guard members will swab the inside of a person’s nose and ask them to complete paperwork with their name and contact information. Results will be provided by phone within about 48 hours.

    Officials said social distancing and wearing a mask will be enforced at the testing locations. Testing will be available from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will have the capacity for up to 2,000 tests daily across all six testing sites for a total of 6,000 over the three-day weekend.

    “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,” Walz said in a statement. 

    The administration has been ramping up testing in recent weeks, following a deal with the Mayo Clinic, University of Minnesota and HealthPartners to conduct testing. 

    The six sites for testing are:

    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

     

    Ricardo Lopez
    Ricardo Lopez is the senior political reporter for the Reformer. Ricardo is not new to Minnesota politics, previously reporting on the Dayton administration and statehouse for The Star Tribune from 2014 to 2017, and the Republican National Convention in 2016. Previously, he was a staff writer at The Los Angeles Times covering the California economy. He's a Las Vegas native who has adopted Minnesota as his home state. In his spare time, he likes to run, cook and volunteer with Save-a-Bull, a Minneapolis dog rescue group.