Today (Sat) through Memorial Day, Minnesotans who want or need to be tested for COVID-19 can do so for free at National Guard Armory locations in Duluth, Moorhead, Faribault, Saint James, Minneapolis and on Saint Paul’s East Side. Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm says Guard members have the capacity to collect roughly two thousand samples per day across the six sites, “So we’re hoping that Minnesotans will take advantage of the ability to go to one of these Guard Armory locations for free testing.”
Testing sites are open today, tomorrow and Monday from 10 a-m to 5 p-m, or until supplies are exhausted.
MN Department of Health news release with locations below:
[St. Paul, MN] – Minnesotans who need or want to be tested for COVID-19 will be able to access free testing at six National Guard Armory locations across Minnesota throughout the Memorial Day holiday weekend: Saturday, May 23, through Monday, May 25.
Minnesota National Guard members will have the capacity to collect roughly 2,000 samples per day across six sites, for a total capacity of roughly 6,000 tests over the three-day weekend. The sites are hosted by the Minnesota National Guard, the Minnesota Department of Health, and the State Emergency Operations Center, which is the central coordinating cell for the majority of COVID-19 operations.
“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,” said Governor Tim Walz. “I am grateful the Minnesota National Guard is helping with this important effort.”
“These six testing sites across the state eliminate some of the barriers to testing so that we can focus on what matters most – the health of all Minnesotans,” said Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan. “Just as this virus disproportionately impacts Indigenous communities, people of color, immigrants and refugees, people experiencing homelessness, low-income Minnesotans, older adults, and individuals with pre-existing conditions and disabilities, these same communities often face the most barriers to access testing.”
The testing teams at each site are comprised of a coalition of National Guard members and state or local public health employees. Social distancing and the practice of wearing a mask will be enforced at the testing locations. Anyone experiencing symptoms should self-quarantine before and after their test until they receive their results.
“The Minnesota National Guard is proud to do our part for the state testing process,” said Major General Jon Jensen, Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General. “Whether during floods or snowstorms, wild-fires or pandemics, we stand ready to serve the people of Minnesota wherever and whenever we are needed.”
Starting Saturday, May 23, through Monday, May 25, the following National Guard facilities will be open to conduct testing through the weekend from 10 A.M. – 5 P.M. daily (or until supplies are exhausted):
COVID-19 Testing Locations:
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