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Here are the 6 free COVID-19 testing sites in MN for the week of Oct. 12

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

Minnesota public health officials are doing another week of free COVID-19 testing, with six sites where people can get tested.

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) says offering no-barrier access to COVID-19 testing is in response to increased community spread across the state.  

As of Wednesday, Oct. 7, more than 106,000 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and at least 2,101 people have died from the virus. 

For the week of Oct. 12, there will be free testing sites in the cities of Anoka, Faribault, Luverne, Alexandria, Aitkin and St. Cloud (more details where to go and how to sign up below). 

Anyone who wants to be tested, whether they have symptoms or not, can get a test and they do not need to have insurance. 

“As we continue to see spikes in the number of new cases and increased community spread, we urge people to seek out testing,” MDH Commissioner Jan Malcolm said in a statement. “While large events get a lot of attention, we know that smaller, everyday gatherings are a significant source of transmission in our state. It only takes one contagious person to lead to an outbreak.

"Giving people a chance to get tested lets them know if they’re positive and need to isolate and notify their close contacts to quarantine – it’s a key strategy we have to fight the spread of this virus," Malcolm added.

Related: MDH: If you attended Trump's Minnesota events, get tested. If you met with him, quarantine.

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. 

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 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 and Cloquet.

Testing locations 

Below are the no-barriers testing locations for the week of Oct. 12. People are encouraged to pre-register for a timeslot.

Anoka

Faribault

Luverne

Alexandria

Aitkin

  • Tuesday, Oct. 13; Wednesday, Oct. 14; Thursday, Oct. 15
  • Noon to 6 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday; noon to 3 p.m. on Thursday
  • The Journey North Community Church, 810 2nd St. NW
  • Schedule an appointment here

St. Cloud

  • Tuesday, Oct. 13; Wednesday, Oct. 14; Thursday, Oct. 15
  • Noon to 6 p.m.
  • St. Cloud Rivers Edge Convention Center, 10 4th Ave. S
  • Schedule an appointment here

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

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