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Free COVID-19 testing in Duluth ends today

Free COVID-19 testing in Duluth ends today

Updated: May 25, 2020 01:10 PM

The State of Minnesota is offering free COVID-19 testing in six cities over the Memorial Day weekend, including Duluth.

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The testing will be conducted at the National Guard Armory, 4015 Airpark Boulevard, Duluth, on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., or until supplies run out.  Sites in other parts of the state are listed at the bottom of this article.

The testing will be open to all Minnesotans, even if they are not showing coronavirus symptoms. However, the state said they "especially encourage those who are ill, and those who have been directly exposed to a known COVID-19 positive contact," to get the test.

Guard members will have the capacity to collect roughly 2,000 samples per day across six sites, for a total capacity of roughly 6,000 tests over the three-day weekend.

"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 a news release. "I am grateful the Minnesota National Guard is helping with this important effort."


COVID-19 Testing Locations:

East St Paul
1530 Maryland Ave E, St Paul, MN 55106

Minneapolis Armory
1025 Broadway St. NE, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55413.

Moorhead Armory
1002 15th Ave N, Moorhead, MN 56560

Duluth Armory 
4015 Airpark Blvd, Duluth, MN 55811

Faribault Armory
3000 W Airport Rd, Faribault, MN 55021

St. James Armory
521 Armstrong Blvd N, St James, MN 56081

Who can be tested?
Any Minnesotan. We especially encourage those who are ill, and those who have been directly exposed to a known COVID-19 positive contact.

How will the testing take place?
No appointment is necessary. 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. Results will be provided by phone and expected with an average of 48 hours.

Is there a charge for the test?
There is no charge for the testing and Minnesotans will not be asked for insurance cards or ID. 

When can I be tested?
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Sunday and Monday (Memorial Day)

Will there be future opportunities like this?
Future testing events depend on several factors, including demand demonstrated this weekend. Minnesotans can find other testing facilities as well as a symptom screening tool at https://mn.gov/covid19/for-minnesotans/if-sick/.

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