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Who should get tested?


Minnesotans 6 months of age and older are eligible for the vaccine. But testing remains an important tool for keeping COVID-19 from spreading.

It is especially important to get tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or had close contact with someone who has COVID-19. There are some other times when you might need to get tested, such as before or after travel. Learn more about who should get tested and when on Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Testing.

How and where to get tested

There are several COVID-19 testing options available, including community (rapid and saliva) testing sites, local clinics and pharmacies, and at-home testing. 

Visit Find Testing Locations to locate a testing location near you. 

You can also use an at-home rapid antigen test. Get more information on COVID-19 Self-testing: Tests that Give Results at Home to see tips for using these tests. 

  • Order Your Free At-Home Rapid Tests
    Every home in Minnesota is eligible to order up to eight rapid at-home COVID-19 test for free (two separate orders of four tests per order), while supplies last.

When to seek medical attention

If your illness is getting worse or you notice any of these emergency warning signs, call your health care provider right away. Emergency warning signs can include:

  • Trouble breathing. 
  • Ongoing pain or pressure in the chest. 
  • New confusion or not being able to wake up. 
  • Bluish lips or face. 

Call your doctor or clinic before going in. Tell them about your symptoms and they will give you instructions to help protect you and other patients.

Learn More

Learn more about who should get tested an when on Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Testing.

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