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

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

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

There will be four testing locations the week of Oct. 19 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 Montevideo, Monticello, Cambridge and Crookston (more details where to go and how to sign up below). 

MDH started teaming up with local health officials to offer no-barrier testing following increased levels of community spread of the virus across the state. In the first four weeks, 25,000 tests were conducted in 21 counties.

As of Thursday, Oct. 15, 117,106 people have tested positive for the virus in Minnesota and almost 2,200 people have died.

“The acceleration in cases and community spread is a reminder that it only takes one contagious person to lead to an outbreak,” said Minnesota Commissioner of Health Jan Malcolm. “These trends are most troublesome in greater Minnesota right now, as we see smaller, everyday gatherings and activities leading to infections in long-term care facilities, schools, sports teams, businesses, and more. 

"We know everyone is looking for the right balance, of how to remain safe while taking care of their physical and mental health needs, and staying in touch with aging family members," Malcolm added. "Testing is one of the critical ways we can take action, to find out if we’re positive and isolate and quarantine when necessary, to fight the spread of this virus.”

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

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Minnesota health officials will use data from testing to identify communities that are experiencing workplace clusters, are close to bordering states or haven't 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.

Previously, MDH has offered no-barriers testing in Grand Rapids, Pine City, Waseca, Bloomington, Maplewood, Moorhead, Marshall, Thief River Falls, Bemidji, St. Joseph, Willmar, Fairmont, Inver Grove Heights, Ely, Cloquet, Anoka, Faribault, Luverne, Alexandria, Aitkin and St. Cloud.

Testing locations

Below are the no-barriers testing locations for the week of Oct. 19. People are encouraged to pre-register for a timeslot. 

Montevideo

Monticello

  • Tuesday, Oct. 20; Wednesday, Oct. 21; Thursday, Oct. 22
  • Noon to 6 p.m.
  • Great River Soccer Club (Indoor Facility) 101 Chelsea Road
  • Schedule an appointment here

Cambridge

  • Wednesday, Oct. 21; Thursday, Oct. 22
  • Noon to 6 p.m.
  • Armed Forces Reserve and Community Center, 505 Spirit River Drive S
  • Schedule an appointment here

Crookston

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

The testing sites listed above are in addition to the new semi-permanent saliva testing sites that are open to Minnesotans. Sites in Duluth and Winona are open now, while one in Moorhead opens Saturday and one in Brooklyn Park opens on Oct. 20. More details on those here.

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