Minnesota is offering low-barrier, no-cost COVID-19 rapid and saliva testing in Minnesota communities. Walk-ins and appointments welcome
Walk-ins are welcome at the State of Minnesota’s community testing sites.
The state strongly encourages you to sign up for an appointment using the registration link listed with each location.
Signing up ahead of time helps avoid long lines and makes social distancing easier.
You do not need to show identification to receive a COVID-19 test at a Community Testing Program site.
Tests are free All costs for this test are covered by your insurance company or the federal or state government. Do not pay your insurance company or the testing provider for your COVID-19 test. There is no cost to you for this test. Insurance companies may send you an Explanation of Benefits or “EOB” showing the difference between the billed cost of this COVID test and what they have paid. It may even say that a portion is “patient responsibility.” This is simply for your information. It is not a bill, and you should NOT pay anything.
Proof of insurance not required Testing is available to anyone who believes they need a COVID-19 test, with or without insurance. Participants will be asked for their health insurance information so the state can bill their insurance company on their behalf. If a person is uninsured or for any reason insurance does not cover some or all of the cost, the state will cover the difference so testing remains available at no cost to everyone.
Two Types of Tests If your child needs a PCR test and is unable to carry out a saliva test, contact your health care provider or check the Find Testing Locations for other testing options, including rapid, near you.
Saliva results from testing at state sites are available within approximately 24-72 hours from processing.
PCR tests are the most accurate tests for detecting the virus that causes COVID-19.
Tests at the state’s community saliva testing sites are polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, molecular tests that detect the virus's genetic material.
A positive PCR test result is considered a confirmed case of COVID-19.
Rapid test results at state sites will be available within approximately 1-3 hours of processing.
Tests at the state’s community rapid testing sites are antigen tests. Antigen tests look for specific proteins on the surface of the virus and produce results more quickly than other tests.
The test is conducted with a nasal swab. A positive antigen test result is considered a probable case of COVID-19, but they are still considered cases.
Minnesotans can visit any COVID-19 community testing site. However, PCR tests are the recommended testing option for people who do not have any symptoms of COVID-19.
Is it safe to get a test in-person?
Minnesota understands the importance of safe testing facilities. Each community testing site is in a large space that allows for maximizing space, ventilation and distancing. You are encouraged to make an appointment to prevent crowding and long lines.
What if I am disabled or need assistance?
To request an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodation or other accessibility needs for testing or vaccination sites, call the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Public Hotline 1-833-431-2053 between 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday and 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Please make requests 2-3 business days before the testing event to ensure time to coordinate accommodations.
Learn more about what to expect at a Community Testing Site.
Albert Lea* Former ShopCo in Northbridge Mall 2610 Bridge Avenue Albert Lea, MN 56007 Rapid** Thursday - Friday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Schedule an appointment at Albert Lea
**Rapid Testing Open to Ages 0+
Bemidji* Bemidji Armory 1430 23rd St NW Bemidji, MN 56601 Saliva Monday – Friday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Schedule an appointment at Bemidji
Crookston - National Guard Armory* Crookston Armory 1801 University Avenue Crookston, MN 56716 Rapid** Thursday - Friday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Schedule an appointment at Crookston **Rapid Testing Open to Ages 0+
Hibbing* Hibbing Armory 2310 Brooklyn Drive Hibbing, MN 55746 Rapid** Monday - Tuesday 11 a.m - 6 p.m. Schedule an appointment at Hibbing **Rapid Testing Open to Ages 0+
Hutchinson - National Guard Armory* Hutchinson Armory 1200 Adams Street SE Hutchinson, MN 55350 Rapid** Thursday - Friday 11 a.m - 6 p.m. Schedule an appointment at Hutchinson **Rapid Testing Open to Ages 0+
Inver Grove Heights - National Guard Armory* Inver Grove Heights Armory 8076 Babcock Trail Inver Grove Heights, MN, 55077 Rapid** Monday - Thursday 11 a.m - 6 p.m. Schedule an appointment at Inver Grove Heights **Rapid Testing Open to Ages 0+
Mankato - National Guard Armory* Mankato Armory 100 Martin Luther King Drive Mankato, MN 56001
Saliva Monday - Friday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Schedule an appointment at Mankato Note: ADA accommodations are also available for individuals with accessibility needs.
Marshall - Red Baron Arena and Expo* 1651 Victory Drive Marshall, MN 56258 Saliva Monday - Friday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.** Schedule an appointment at Marshall *The Marshall site will close early at 3:30 p.m on 1/4 and 1/11 and will be closed on Fridays starting on 1/7. This site will close at 5:00pm on 1/13.
Minneapolis - African Immigrants Community Services (AICS)* African Immigrants Community Services (AICS) 1433 East Franklin Avenue, Unit 13B Saliva Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Friday: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. No appointment required. For assistance or questions, please call 612-443-8941 or 612-443-8806.
Minneapolis - Phyllis Wheatley Community Center* Phyllis Wheatley Community Center 1301 North 10th Avenue Saliva *New COVID-19 testing schedule - Starting January 3 Mondays: 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. by appointment Tuesdays: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. walk-ins; 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. by appointment Wednesdays: 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. by appointment Thursdays: 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. by appointment Fridays: 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. walk-ins For assistance, questions, or to make an appointment contact our hotline: 612-254-1145.
Minneapolis Convention Center - Expanded Holiday Hours* - opens at 11 a.m. on 1/3/22 Minneapolis Convention Center 1301 Second Avenue South Saliva and Rapid - learn about the two types of tests (PDF)** Holiday hours: Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. (opens at 11 a.m. on 1/3/22)
Schedule an appointment at Minneapolis Convention Center **Rapid Testing Open to Ages 2+ Enter the testing site at Door E on 2nd Avenue. Free parking is available the Plaza Ramp at 117 South 12th St, Mpls, MN 55403 Parking is free with a voucher you will obtain from the testing clinic.
Minneapolis Convention Center - Expanded Holiday Hours January 3: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. January 4-7: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Return to regular hours week of January 10
MSP Airport (Appointments Only - no walk-ins)* Terminal 1, 4300 Glumack Dr. (follow signs to the testing site on Level 2 of the Blue Ramp) Saint Paul Saliva 7 days a week 7 am - 7 pm every day Schedule an appointment at MSP Airport Terminal 1 (required) Parking will be available for all seeking a COVID-19 test:
Drive to Terminal 1 and into the entry plaza for the parking ramps. Signs will guide you from the inbound roadway to the clinic location itself.
Follow signage to Level 2 in the Blue Ramp.
Walk to the centrally located elevator lobby and follow signs to the clinic.
Moorhead* Former Thomas Edison Elementary School 1110 S 14th Street Saliva and Rapid - learn about the two types of tests (PDF)** Monday - Thursday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Schedule an appointment at Moorhead **Rapid Testing Open to Ages 2+
Morris - National Guard Armory* Morris Armory 722 Iowa Ave Morris, MN Saliva Monday - Friday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Schedule an appointment at Morris
St. Cloud - National Guard Armory* St. Cloud Armory, 1710 Veterans Drive St. Cloud, MN 56303 Saliva Monday - Friday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Schedule and appointment at St. Cloud
Stillwater* *This site will be closed on Saturday, Jan. 8. This site will be open on Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 17. Stillwater Armory 350 Maryknoll Drive North Stillwater, MN 55082 Rapid** Wednesday - Friday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Schedule an appointment at Stillwater **Rapid Testing Open to Ages 0+
St. Paul - Roy Wilkins Auditorium* Roy Wilkins Auditorium 175 West Kellogg Fourth Ave South Saliva and Rapid - learn about the two types of tests (PDF)** Holiday hours Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Schedule your appointment at St. Paul - Roy Wilkins Auditorium **Rapid Testing Open to Ages 2+ St. Paul - Roy Wilkins Auditorium - Expanded Holiday Hours January 3-6: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Return to regular hours week of January 10
St. Paul - WellShare Community Health Works* La Puerta Abierta 690 Livingston Avenue St. Paul, MN 55107 Saliva Monday: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. Information flyer with phone hotline numbers (Spanish, Somali, and Oromo available) Schedule your appointment at WellShare Community Health Works
Wadena Armory 517 Jefferson Street North Wadena, MN 56482 Rapid** Monday - Tuesday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Schedule an appointment at Wadena **Rapid Testing Open to Ages 0+
Winona Mall* Winona Mall, 1213 Gilmore Ave Saliva Monday - Thursday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Schedule an appointment at Winona Mall Testing is located in the back of the Winona Mall near the DMV (southwest corner), facing Highway 61. The entrance is on the outside of the mall.
Minnesotans may also order a test through the state’s at-home COVID-19 testing program
Additionally, Minnesotans may find a testing option nearby through the state’s Find Testing Locations map