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No excuse not to get tested in Minnesota

Omicron's spread underscores the need for vigilance and care before holiday gatherings


December 22, 2021

Aaron Lavinsky, Star Tribune

Elizabeth Santoro, left, and Kristin Anderson, medics with the Minnesota Air National Guard 133rd Medical Group, sanitized and prepared for their next COVID-19 test patients in May 2020 in Minneapolis.

Long lines at COVID-19 testing locations in New York and elsewhere recently illustrated two smart moves Minnesota made early in the pandemic: setting up no-cost "community testing sites" and launching a program that delivers free tests to homes.

There are now 24 community testing sites statewide. The high-population metro is home to a cluster of them, but the program spans the state with locations including Crookston, Duluth, Moorhead, Marshall, Hutchinson, Albert Lea and Winona.

Walk-ins are welcome, though appointments can be made. No proof of insurance is needed. Thirteen locations offer rapid COVID tests, with results potentially available in 20 minutes. Results from the standard test can be available in 24-48 hours.


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