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MDH announces 6 latest locations for free COVID-19 testing

The testing sites will be operational next week.
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The Minnesota Department of Health has announced the locations of six free COVID-19 testing sites across the state over the coming week.

The department is entering the second week of its month-long COVID-19 testing program that targets potential hotspots by offering free testing, even to those without symptoms of the virus.

Testing centers will be running in Bemidji, Bloomington, Maplewood, Marshall, Moorhead, and Thief River Falls.

The "no barrier" testing does not require ID or insurance, with the cost covered by the state in the event you're uninsured. Those who do have insurance will have their provider billed, and any co-pays covered by the state.

It comes at a time of rising cases in Minnesota, as well as an increase in unknown community transmission of the virus, which is when the specific source of an individual's infection can't be traced.

The state's unknown community transmission rate is currently at 36% of new cases, compared to the state's target of keeping it below 30%.

“The recent spike in cases – particularly among people who don’t know how they contracted the virus – is deeply concerning,” Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said. “But Minnesota communities are taking it seriously and are proactively seeking support for increased access to testing."

The state says 2,600 received a test this week – the first week of the testing blitz – at three test sites in Grand Rapids, Pine City and Waseca.

Here are the locations of the testing events for this coming week:

Bemidji

Tues-Thurs, Sept. 29-Oct 1, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Bemidji Armory, 1430 23rd Street NW.

Schedule appointment here.

Bloomington

Tues-Thurs, Sept. 29-Oct 1, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Normandale Community College - parking ramp, 9700 France Ave S.

Schedule appointment here.

Maplewood

Tues-Thurs, Sept. 29-Oct 1, from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat., Sept. 26 and Sat., Oct. 3 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Aldrich Arena, 1850 White Bear Ave

Schedule appointment here.

Marshall

Tues-Thurs, Sept. 29-Oct 1, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Red Baron Arena and Expo Center, 1651 Victory Dr.

Schedule appointment here.

Moorhead

Tues-Thurs, Sept. 29-Oct 1, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Moorhead Armory, 1002 15th Avenue N.

Schedule appointment here.

Thief River Falls

Tues-Thurs, Sept. 29-Oct 1, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Huck Olson Civic Center, 501 Brooks Ave.

Schedule appointment here.

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