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Mail order COVID-19 saliva testing now available statewide

MDH has also announced the opening of 11 more COVID-19 testing sites.
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People across Minnesota will now be able to order COVID-19 saliva tests that they will receive and return by mail.

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) started a pilot program making the at-home saliva tests available in 24 counties in late October, but announced Thursday that it's now available statewide.

MDH has also announced it's opening 11 longer-term "no barrier" COVID-19 testing facilities over the coming weeks, 10 of which will be situated at National Guard armories, and will be open until at least the end of the year. A full list of the sites can be found at the bottom of this page.

It will also open its 10th saliva testing site at the former Pier 1 store in Burnsville this Monday.

The latest steps come as Minnesota is facing a dire COVID-19 crisis, with the state reporting a further 7,200 cases (a record high) and 39 deaths on Thursday.

Neither the testing sites nor the mail-order saliva tests will require payment, and they are open to anyone who wants to be tested.

You can order your at-home saliva testing kit here. Completed tests are returned to a processing center in Oakdale, with results being received by email typically 24-48 hours later.

“Minnesota is entering the most difficult phase of the pandemic yet,” said Minnesota Commissioner of Health Jan Malcolm. "We have record levels of new cases, high hospitalization numbers, and increased community spread. At the same time, we know promising vaccines are entering new stages of development.”

"Right now, our job is to build a bridge to that day when safe and effective vaccines are widely available," she added. "We do that by working together to limit the impacts of COVID-19 on our families and communities through the simple steps we know make a difference. That includes social distancing, masking, avoiding crowds, staying home when sick, and getting tested when appropriate.

"This latest expansion of testing makes that last part easier by providing Minnesotans with an unprecedented level of access to COVID-19 tests, putting nearly every Minnesotan just three days from a test result."

Here is a list of where the 10 of the new testing sites will be located, with the 11th yet to be announced, but it will be in the west metro.

Albert Lea
National Guard Armory
410 Prospect Ave.
Opens Nov. 18

National Guard Armory
408 Main Street E
Opens Nov. 17

National Guard Armory
1801 University Ave.
Opens Nov. 16

National Guard Armory
700 N Fairlakes Ave.
Opens Nov. 18

National Guard Armory
2310 Brooklyn Dr.
Opens Nov. 18

National Guard Armory
1200 Adams St. SE
Opens Nov. 30

Inver Grove Heights
National Guard Armory
8076 Babcock Trail
Opens Nov. 17

National Guard Armory
722 Iowa Ave.
Opens Nov. 18

National Guard Armory
350 Maryknoll Dr. N.
Opens Nov. 16

National Guard Armory
517 Jefferson St. N.
Opens Nov. 18

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