September 3, 2021
Semi-permanent websites will provide free saliva testing to all
At the moment, the Minnesota Division of Well being (MDH) introduced two semi-permanent COVID-19 group testing websites in Lino Lakes and Minneapolis.
“As increasingly Minnesotans get vaccinated, testing stays a essential part of our technique to guard our communities from COVID-19,” stated Minnesota Commissioner of Well being Jan Malcolm. “By way of a strong, collaborative testing program, we have eliminated many obstacles to testing for households throughout the state. Mixed with social distancing, masking, and staying residence when sick, testing may also help us sluggish the unfold of the Delta variant as we proceed our work to spice up vaccinations throughout Minnesota.”
Because of the unfold of the Delta variant, demand for COVID-19 testing has elevated all through Minnesota. After getting vaccinated, testing will stay essential to slowing the unfold of COVID-19 in the approaching months as college students and educators return to high school and extra actions transfer inside because the climate turns colder. Along with Lino Lakes and Minneapolis, and the Bloomington and Saint Paul websites added final week, MDH continues to evaluate present and projected testing wants and can hold working to fulfill demand.
The Lino Lakes web site can be on the former YMCA, positioned at 7690 Village Dr. Testing on the Lino Lakes web site will happen Monday-Thursday, from 11 a.m. to six p.m., starting September 13.
The Minneapolis web site can be on the Minneapolis Conference Heart, positioned at 1301 Second Ave. S. Testing on the Minneapolis web site will happen Monday-Friday, from 11 a.m. to six p.m., starting September 8.
Testing is free at all the state’s group testing websites. Individuals that do have medical insurance can be requested for their insurance coverage info so the state can invoice their insurance coverage firm on their behalf. If an individual is uninsured or if insurance coverage doesn’t cowl some or all the value, the state will cowl the distinction, so testing stays open to all for gratis.
Testing is open to anybody who believes they want a COVID-19 check, with or with out insurance coverage. State steerage on who ought to get examined might be discovered on the COVID-19 Testing webpage.
Those that arrive for a check ought to keep away from consuming, ingesting, chewing, or smoking something for no less than half-hour earlier than offering a pattern. As soon as they arrive at a testing location, they are going to self-administer the check by salivating right into a funnel hooked up to a small tube. Website workers can be obtainable on-site to watch the gathering course of.
Whereas walk-ins are welcome, individuals searching for testing at state websites can schedule a check at Vault Well being. Exams can be processed in Minnesota on the saliva lab in Oakdale. Outcomes can be supplied through e-mail in roughly 48-72 hours.
Lino Lakes Testing Website
7690 Village Dr
Monday-Thursday (starting Sept. 13)
11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Minneapolis Testing Website
Minneapolis Conference Heart
1301 Second Ave S
Monday-Friday (starting Sept. 8)
11 a.m.-6 p.m.
How Minnesotans can get a COVID-19 check:
How Minnesotans can get their free shot:
- Stroll in or make an appointment by way of the Vaccine Connector: VaccineConnector.mn.gov.
Minnesota Division of Well being COVID-19 Public Hotline
Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-7 p.m., and Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
- Use the state’s Vaccine Locator Map to discover a vaccine supplier close to you: Discover Vaccine Areas.
- Verify for vaccine appointments utilizing the Vaccine Finder on Discover a COVID-19 vaccine close to you. You’ll be able to seek for appointments by vaccine kind (e.g., Pfizer).
- Contact your main well being care supplier or a neighborhood pharmacy.
- Employers might also attain out with details about vaccination alternatives.
For questions associated to the COVID-19 pandemic, name 651-297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504.
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