Four COVID-19 testing locations closing, other options still available – Twin Cities

The Minnesota Department of Health is closing four of the state-run COVID-19 testing sites this week.

After nearly three years of service the St. Paul Midway testing site will close Friday; the Duluth site will close Saturday; and both the Brooklyn Park and Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport sites will close Sunday.

In a statement released by the Minnesota Department of Health, Commissioner of Health Dr. Brooke Cunningham states: “We are extremely grateful for all of the partners, staff and contractors who worked to make these state-run testing sites a cornerstone of Minnesota’s nation-leading response to COVID-19.”

Various other avenues of accessing a COVID-19 test will still be available for Minnesotans.

At-home testing can be ordered at mn.gov/covid19/get-tested/at-home. People can check with their insurance companies to see if they are eligible for free at-home tests at local pharmacies. Other testing sites at clinics and pharmacies can be found using the Find Testing Location link on the Minnesota Department of Health COVID page. Additionally, Minnesotans can still access a telehealth test-to-treat program via Cue Health. The telehealth option can help those who test positive find treatment.

Despite the testing sites closing, state health officials still encourage people to monitor their health, test for COVID-19 when necessary, follow quarantine and mask wearing guidelines and staying up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations.

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