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5 Minnesota Hy-Vee stores offering rapid antigen testing for COVID-19

All five stores will offer the drive-up testing beginning this week.
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Five Hy-Vee stores in Minnesota are among the 47 that the grocery store chain is launching drive-up rapid antigen testing for COVID-19. 

The tests are not free (pricing varies by location) and the only people eligible for the rapid test are those experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or those who are asymptomatic but have had a known or reported exposure in the last 14 days. 

The five Minnesota Hy-Vee locations that will be offering the rapid antigen tests starting Thursday or Friday this week are: 

  • Lakeville Hy-Vee, 16150 Pilot Knob Road: Testing begins Thursday, Dec. 10
  • Mankato Hy-Vee, 2010 Adams St., Mankato, MN: Testing begins Thursday, Dec. 10
  • New Hope Hy-Vee, 8200 42nd Ave. N.: Testing begins Friday, Dec. 11
  • Oakdale Hy-Vee, 7180 10th St. N.: Testing begins Thursday, Dec. 10
  • Rochester Hy-Vee, 4221 W. Circle Drive NW: Testing begins Friday, Dec. 11

Rapid antigen tests are done via a nasal swab and it only takes about two minutes to drive up and have a trained pharmacy employee conduct the swab. A person will be emailed results within 1-2 hours. 

According to the CDC, antigen tests are not the "gold standard" for detecting the virus. That label goes to reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and other nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs). Due to lower sensitivity, rapid antigen tests may result in a negative result while a more sensitive test (RT-PCR or NAAT) may very well return a positive result. 

Because of the lower sensitivity, those who test positive via a rapid antigen test are classified by the Minnesota Department of Health as "probable" COVID-19 cases. 

Here are the steps you need to take to schedule an appointment (it'll require you registering with Hy-Vee before getting started): 

  1. Take the COVID-19 assessment here.
  2. If you are eligible for a test, select a test location, date, and time for your appointment.
  3. DOWNLOAD and PRINT your test voucher and take it with you to the test site.
  4. Testing is only valid for the date printed on the voucher.
  5. Arrive outside of the Hy-Vee Pharmacy and follow directional signage with your test voucher, photo ID, phone, a credit/debit card and a mask to wear during the testing process. Testing will take place in a designated area in the store parking lot.
  6. Do NOT enter the store or pharmacy. Please remain in your vehicle with the window rolled up until staff arrives.
  7. Call the designated pharmacy number listed on signage to notify pharmacy members that you have arrived.
  8. A Hy-Vee pharmacy member will verify your information and take payment over the phone.
  9. A trained Hy-Vee pharmacy member will administer the test at your vehicle. Patients must wear a mask in their vehicle for the testing process. Collecting the specimen should take less than 2 minutes to perform.
  10. You will be notified by email when your results are available. Results may be available in as little as 1-2 hours.

Anyone who pays for the test is advised to save their receipt and submit it to their health insurance to see if the cost will be covered. 

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