ST. PAUL — The state of Minnesota announced Friday afternoon that it will offer free COVID-19 tests at six locations statewide from Saturday, May 23, to Monday, May 25.
The sites, including the National Guard armory at 1002 15th Ave. N. in Moorhead, will be able to collect approximately 2,000 samples per day for a total capacity of 6,000 across the weekend.
The testing effort is hosted by the Minnesota National Guard, Minnesota Department of Health and State Emergency Operations Center.
“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,” Governor Tim Walz stated via news release.
The testing teams consist of a coalition of National Guard members and state or local public health employees. Social distancing and mask-wearing will be enforced. Anyone who is experiencing symptoms should self-quarantine before testing and until they receive their results.
The testing sites will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, or until supplies are exhausted. Any Minnesotan can be tested at no cost. Appointments are not necessary and residents will not be required to show insurance cards or ID.
Additional testing will take place in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Duluth, Faribault and St. James.