Minnesota plans to offer swab-less, at-home and walk-up COVID-19 testing by October


August 26, 2020

ROCHESTER, Minn. - State officials Tuesday, Aug. 25, announced a plan to offer at-home and walk-up saliva testing for COVID-19 beginning in October.

As part of the deal, which is not yet finalized, the state plans to spend $14.66 million in CARES Act funding to build a testing lab and 10 walk-up sites across the state. The lab is to be operated by RUCDR Infinite Biologics, of Rutgers University, and administered by a mail-order system through the New York-based men's telehealth services company Vault Health.

Infinite Biologics holds the first FDA Emergency Use Authorization for a PCR saliva test to detect COVID-19. Vault Health operates the logistics and telehealth arm of the planned initiative, a Zoom-based test administration, sample retrieval and results delivery service.



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