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COVID-19 Community Testing Sites

Appointments and walk-ins are available at other community testing sites listed below.
Or use the Find Testing Locations map to find providers near you.

Tests are free
All costs for this test are covered by your insurance company or the federal or state government. Do not pay your insurance company or the testing provider for your COVID-19 test. There is no cost to you for this test. Insurance companies may send you an Explanation of Benefits or “EOB” showing the difference between the billed cost of this COVID test and what they have paid. It may even say that a portion is “patient responsibility.” This is simply for your information. It is not a bill, and you should NOT pay anything.

Proof of insurance not required
Testing is available to anyone who believes they need a COVID-19 test, with or without insurance. Participants will be asked for their health insurance information so the state can bill their insurance company on their behalf. If a person is uninsured or for any reason insurance does not cover some or all of the cost, the state will cover the difference so testing remains available at no cost to everyone.

Two Types of Tests

If your child needs a PCR test and is unable to carry out a saliva test, contact your health care provider or check the Find Testing Locations for other testing options, including rapid, near you.


  • Saliva results from testing at state sites are available within approximately 24-72 hours from processing.
  • PCR tests are the most accurate tests for detecting the virus that causes COVID-19.
  • A positive PCR test result is considered a confirmed case of COVID-19.


  • Rapid test results at state sites will be available within approximately 15 to 30 minutes of processing.
  • The test is conducted with a nasal swab. A positive antigen test result is considered a probable case of COVID-19, but they are still considered cases.

Minnesotans can visit any COVID-19 community testing site. However, PCR tests are the recommended testing option for people who do not have any symptoms of COVID-19. 

Is it safe to get a test in-person?

Minnesota understands the importance of safe testing facilities. Each community testing site is in a large space that allows for maximizing space, ventilation, and distancing. You are encouraged to make an appointment to prevent crowding and long lines.

What if I am disabled or need assistance?

To request an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodation or other accessibility needs for testing or vaccination sites, call the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Public Hotline 1-833-431-2053between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. Closed Saturday and Sunday. Please make requests 2-3 business days before the testing event to ensure time to coordinate accommodations.

Learn more about what to expect at a Community Testing Site.


Minneapolis - African Immigrants Community Services (AICS)

1433 East Franklin Avenue, Unit 13B, Minneapolis, MN 55404

Saliva - please do NOT eat, drink, or smoke 60 minutes prior to your test.
Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
CLOSED Monday, May 29 for Memorial Day

The Pre-Registration Section:

1. Go to 
2. Click “Sign Up for Account”
3. Input Agency Code: MDHCT
4. Input all information, check “I Agree” to give consent, then click “Submit"
5. Input registration code that was sent via text and email.

Walk-ins for testing are accepted
For assistance or question, please call 612-443-8806 or 612-443-8941

Minneapolis - Phyllis Wheatley Community Center

1301 North 10th Avenue
Saliva - Do not eat, drink, smoke 60 minutes before taking the test.
Monday: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. 
Tuesday: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. 
Wednesday: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. 
Thursday: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
CLOSED Monday, May 29 for Memorial Day

To preregister:
Go to  

1. Click “Sign Up for Account”
2. Input Agency Code: MDHCT
3. Input all information, check “I Agree” to give consent, then click “Submit"
4. Input registration code that was sent via text and email.
5. Proceed to check-in area once you arrive at PWCC 

Rapid tests are also available.

Walk-ins for testing are accepted

For more information about testing, contact the  Minnesota Black Community COVID-19 Hotline at  612-254-1145. Visit the Phyllis Wheatley Community Center for information about community vaccinations .

St. Cloud - Center for African Immigrants and Refugees Organization (CAIRO)*

Center for African Immigrants and Refugees Organization (CAIRO)
3333 West Division Street, Suite 122A
St. Cloud, MN 56301
Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
*Appointments and Walk-in appointments available
Phone number: 320-281-3232

St. Paul - WellShare Community Health Works

La Puerta Abierta
690 Livingston Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55107
Monday: 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Information flyer with phone hotline numbers (Spanish, Somali, and Oromo available)

Schedule your appointment at WellShare Community Health Works

Additionally, Minnesotans may find a testing option nearby through the state’s Find Testing Locations map

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