COVID-19 Testing

Who should get tested

COVID-19 testing is an important strategy to slow the spread of the virus. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recommends testing for COVID-19 in several situations according to exposure, symptoms and vaccination status.

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Free at-home COVID-19 tests

State of Minnesota

Nov. 16, 2022 - Four additional tests per household will be available in advance of the Thanksgiving holiday.  Every home in Minnesota is eligible to order up to 16 rapid at-home COVID-19 tests for free, while supplies last. The tests are completely free. Order your tests now so you have them when you need them. 

Need help placing an order for your at-⁠home tests? Call the MDH COVID-19 Public hotline 1-833-431-2053 available Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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COVID-19 test expiration date extended

The FDA has extended the iHealth COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test shelf-life expiration date to 9 months.

Look up your test's new expiration date

Types of tests

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Saliva PCR Rapid antigen
  • Saliva.
  • Results in 24 to 72 hours.
  • For people with or without symptoms.
  • Most accurate way to detect the COVID-19 virus.
  • Learn more about PCR tests.

Test to Treat

Test to Treat is a nationwide Test program where you can take a COVID-19 test and, if positive, be assessed by a provider on-site. If you are eligible for treatment, you can receive and fill a prescription for pills at the same time. 

The federal government has a Test to Treat locator to help find participating sites. Some of these sites require appointments. Learn more at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Community testing locations

The state of Minnesota offers free COVID-19 testing sites for all Minnesotans.

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Location Details

Saint Paul - Midway
1400 University Ave. West

Saint Paul - WellShare Community Health Works

La Puerta Abierta
690 Livingston Ave.

Brooklyn Park

Starlite Center
8085 Brooklyn Blvd.

MSP Airport

Terminal 1 (Lindbergh)
4300 Glumack Dr.

Follow signs to testing site on Level 2 of Blue Parking Ramp. Free parking available. Walk to elevator lobby and follow signs to clinic.

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Additional testing locations

COVID-19 testing is also offered at some clinics, hospitals and pharmacies (like CVSHy-Vee and Walgreens).

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Positive test result - text messages from MDH

Saliva testing at home

Community clinic testing

Additional resources