Long lines at MN National Guard COVID-19 testing sites across the state

Long lines at MN National Guard COVID-19 testing sites across the state Photo: MN National Guard Facebook.

Updated: May 24, 2020 10:53 PM
Created: May 24, 2020 09:57 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- This weekend the Minnesota National Guard conducted thousands of free COVID-19 testing throughout the state in six different locations. 

COVID-19 locations will be open from Saturday, May 23 to Monday, May 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at locations below:

  • 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

National 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.

The testing teams at each site are comprised of a coalition of National Guard members and state or local public health employees. Social distancing and the practice of wearing a mask will be enforced at the testing locations for everyone’s protection. Anyone experiencing symptoms should self-quarantine before and after their test until they receive their results.

Who can be tested?

Any Minnesotan. We especially encourage those who are ill, or who has 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)

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