National Guard Testing Minnesotans For COVID-19 Over Memorial Weekend

National Guard Testing Minnesotans For COVID-19 Over Memorial Weekend Click to Enlarge Photo: Minnesota National Guard

(KNSI) - The Minnesota National Guard is setting up mobile testing stations over the Memorial Day Weekend.

State Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm announced the testing sites during Friday's COVID-19 update.

"Minnesotans who want or need to be tested for COVID-19 will be able to access free testing with no barriers at six National Guard Armory locations across the state over the holiday weekend."

She says this is a chance for people to get tested fast.

"We'll have the capacity to collect roughly two thousand samples a day across the six sites. So we're hoping Minnesotans take advantage of the ability to go to one of these Armory locations."

People will need to get out of their vehicles to be tested.

Social distancing and the practice of wearing a mask will be enforced at the testing locations.

Anyone experiencing symptoms should self-quarantine before and after their test until they receive their results.

Testing will take place Saturday, May 23, through Monday, May 25, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily. (or until supplies are exhausted)

The sites are hosted by the Minnesota National Guard, the Minnesota Department of Health, and the State Emergency Operations Center.

The testing teams at each site are comprised of a coalition of National Guard members and state or local public health employees.

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.