COVID-19 testing facilities are located across the state of Minnesota. To find the nearest testing location in your community, click on the MN COVID-19 Testing Locations webpage. PLEASE NOTE: This site changes on a daily and sometimes hourly basis based on testing demand and supply availability across the United States. This website is updated regularly, but may not immediately reflect changes at a particular clinic throughout the day.
Testing depends on location. Sometimes you may stay in your car. Other sites will screen you before you come indoors. Many sites will require an appointment before you arrive in order to ensure they’ve collected your contact and insurance information. Review the specific information associated with your site below the map on the Find Testing Locations page.
Due to a national shortage of testing supplies and the high demand for testing, many clinics are running out of tests daily. Until the clinic can obtain more COVID-19 testing supplies, they are referring people to other clinics in the area that have supplies. This changes on a day-to-day basis. Please reference the testing site map for another nearby location and contact that provider.
With the high demand for testing supplies across the United States, some clinics are not able to provide COVID-19 tests on a daily basis. If a clinic cannot fulfill the testing requests in the community, it will be temporarily taken down from the website until additional testing supplies are delivered. Staffing availability may also contribute to a clinic’s need to be temporarily removed. Please contact a different nearby clinic for testing availability.
Antibody or “serology” tests do not diagnose an illness, but scan for antibodies that form in response to a virus. COVID 19 is a new disease, we are still learning about immune response to the disease. It is unknown if the presence of antibodies to the virus indicate immunity. The current focus of Minnesota’s testing initiative is on PCR/molecular testing to diagnose current infection with the disease.
People who have symptoms of COVID-19 should get tested. In general, people who do not have symptoms should not be tested for COVID-19. It may be recommend that people who do not have symptoms get tested in certain situations, and this will be recommended by public health workers.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working to determine if you can get sick with COVID-19 more than once. At this time, it’s unknown if you can become reinfected with COVID-19 after you have recovered, or how long immunity might last.
The speed of test results varies based on volume and system capacity. Many health care systems can conduct the test “in-house,” but some need to be sent to an outside lab, which could delay the results of the test by a few days. You will receive the results from the provider that collected your sample.
Yes. Health insurance plans will cover testing and treatment for medically necessary services related to COVID-19. Most health insurance companies have waived copays, coinsurance, and deductibles associated with this care. Check with your insurance company for further details.
Federal law requires health insurance plans to cover diagnostic and serological or antibody testing at no cost to patients. There may be charges associated with the visit to obtain the testing, but most health insurance companies in Minnesota and public health care programs like Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare have waived copays, coinsurance, and deductibles associated with these charges. Check with your insurance company for further details.
Some Minnesotans are experiencing financial barriers to get tested for COVID-19. Some are getting charged for the test, while others are not getting tested because they don’t have insurance.
Health insurance plans that have waived copays, coinsurance, and deductibles also apply to HDHPs and HSAs, according to guidance from the IRS.
Most health insurance plans and Minnesota's public health care programs, Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare are covering testing without coinsurance, copays, or deductibles when you see an in-network primary care provider or are treated at an in-network facility. If you have questions about your coverage, contact your health plan.
Yes. All individual and small group health insurers are covering telemedicine services. This includes audio or visual communications. If you have specific questions about your coverage, contact your health plan.
The testing and diagnosis of COVID-19 is free for many uninsured Minnesotans. When you go in for your test, ask your health care provider for the application for free COVID-19 testing. The provider will submit the application to the state and will bill the state for payment if you meet eligiblity requirements.
The saliva test is a test for COVID-19 that can be done at home using video supervision from a health professional. This kind of test is comfortable and easy, as people can collect their own samples by spitting into a tube and mailing it to a lab for processing. The test was developed by the company Vault Health, working with RUCDR Infinite Biologics. For more information about saliva testing, read the Minnesota Department of Health's factsheet.