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
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