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Minnesota offering free COVID-19 tests at 6 places this weekend

The testing sites have the capacity to test 6,000 people this weekend.

The state of Minnesota will offer free COVID-19 tests at six sites across the state this weekend, a news release says. 

Minnesota National Guard members and state and local public health employees will have the capacity to collect roughly 2,000 samples per day across all six sites, for a total capacity of 6,000 tests over the three-day weekend (Saturday-Monday).

“Testing, tracing, and isolating are the best tools we have to understand the impact of the pandemic on our communities and to contain it, so we can continue safely navigating this pandemic,” Gov. Tim Walz said in the release. “I am grateful the Minnesota National Guard is helping with this important effort.”

No appointments are necessary and Minnesotans who are sick or who have been directly exposed to COVID-19 are encouraged to get a test. 

The following testing sites at National Guard Armory locations will be open to conduct tests from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday: 

  • East St Paul: 1530 Maryland Ave. E in St Paul
  • Minneapolis Armory: 1025 Broadway St. NE in Minneapolis
  • Moorhead Armory: 1002 15th Ave. N in Moorhead
  • Duluth Armory: 4015 Airpark Blvd. in Duluth
  • Faribault Armory: 3000 W Airport Road in Faribault
  • St. James Armory: 521 Armstrong Blvd. N in St James

National Guard members will swab the inside of your nose and ask you to complete paperwork with your name and contact information so you can be contacted with results. There is no charge and you won't be asked for your insurance card or ID. 

Results are expected within an average of 48 hours. 

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