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Here are the 4 free COVID-19 testing sites in MN for the week of Nov. 8

People don't need to have symptoms or insurance to get tested for free.

The Minnesota Department of Health is hosting the eighth week of free, no-barrier COVID-19 testing.

There will be four locations the week of Nov. 8 where people can get a test for free – no insurance is required and you don't need to have symptoms. These locations will be in Burnsville, Morris, Owatonna and Stillwater (more details on where to go and how to sign up below).

The state began offering free, no-barriers testing following increased levels of community spread statewide.

“Minnesota’s COVID-19 pandemic is entering an alarming new stage with rapidly increasing cases,” said Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Commissioner of Health Jan Malcolm. “We are seeing record numbers of new cases every few days, and some of the hottest spots are in greater Minnesota. 

"We desperately need all Minnesotans to help slow the spread by following guidelines for social distancing, wearing masks, avoiding large gatherings, and seeking out testing," she added. "Testing is a critical tool for understanding who is sick, and then isolating and quarantining as necessary to slow the spread of this disease.”

On Wednesday, Nov. 4, more than 900 patients were hospitalized with COVID-19 as the state said a new daily record for the number of new COVID-19 cases. There were 3,844 new cases reported Wednesday and 31 more deaths.

MDH is partnering with local public health officials to offer free testing, which will be done using a nasal swab and processed by the Mayo Clinic Laboratories or the University of Minnesota.

State health officials use testing data to identify communities that are experiencing workplace clusters, are close to bordering states or have not yet had larger-scale testing offered. The hope is that more testing will increase the geographic balance of testing across the state and lead to a better response where the risk is greatest.

Testing locations

Below are the no-barrier testing locations for the week of Nov. 8. People are encouraged to pre-register for a timeslot. 

Burnsville

  • Sunday, Nov. 8, Monday, Nov. 9 and Tuesday, Nov. 10
  • Noon to 6 p.m.
  • Church of the Risen Savior, 1501 County Road 42 East
  • Schedule an appointment here

Morris

Owatonna

Stillwater

If you have trouble signing up online or need interpretation, call 1-855-612-0677. MDH's COVID-19 Community Testing website is here.

Other testing options

The community testing sites above are among several efforts from the state to get more people tested for free.

The state recently opened seven saliva testing sites in Brooklyn Park, Duluth, Moorhead, Mankato, St. Cloud, St. Paul, and Winona. These tests are free but you will be asked for insurance information – if your insurance doesn't cover it or you don't have insurance, the state will pay for it.

MDH has also launched an at-home saliva testing option for people living in certain areas who haven't had as much access to testing. As with the saliva testing centers, the state will pay for the cost of the test if you don't have insurance or if your insurance won't cover the test.

MDH's COVID-19 testing website, which has more information on these tests and other testing locations in the state, is here.

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