Free COVID-19 Saliva Testing Site to Open in St. Cloud Wednesday

Free COVID-19 Saliva Testing Site to Open in St. Cloud Wednesday Click to Enlarge Photo: Unsplash

(KNSI) - The Minnesota Department of Health is opening a COVID-19 saliva testing site in St. Cloud Wednesday.

The site is the sixth in the state and fifth in greater Minnesota to offer free saliva tests to anyone who believes they need to be tested.

The testing site will be at the River's Edge Convention Center. It will be open Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 7 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends. Appointments can be made by clicking here.

The state opened the first saliva testing site in Duluth on September 23rd. Since then, saliva testing locations have opened in Winona, Moorhead, Brooklyn Park, and Mankato.

"St. Cloud is a hub for Central Minnesota, offering access to thousands of people who live and work in the area, as well as thousands of college students who live here," said Dan Huff, MDH assistant commissioner for health protection. "In recent weeks, we've seen a spike in cases in and around St. Cloud, so we hope this increased access to testing will help people learn if they are positive for COVID and to isolate when necessary."

"Testing is a key component of our strategy to protect Minnesotans from COVID-19," said Minnesota Commissioner of Health Jan Malcolm. "The continued increase in cases across Greater Minnesota, tied to small, everyday gatherings, is very concerning. Minnesota has made great progress in removing obstacles to testing for all Minnesotans through a robust, collaborative statewide testing program. When combined with social distancing, masking, avoiding crowds and staying home when sick, testing helps us slow the spread of COVID-19 and bridge to the better days we know are coming."

The same saliva test was also recently made available to 23 counties and the Red Lake Nation through the COVID-19 Test at Home Program. The service will be available soon to all Minnesotans statewide.