State Launches At-Home COVID-19 Testing Program
While Minnesota has seen a substantial decrease in COVID-19 cases over the last month, people will soon have access to a free tool aimed at keeping those numbers down.
Governor Walz announced a new program on Monday where Minnesotans can take a COVID-19 rapid test from the comfort of their own home.
Beginning March 29, Minnesotans can access an online ordering system set up by the state to request a free COVID-19 rapid test.
The state has secured 500,000 rapid antigen test kits, with two tests in each kit.
Minnesotans can order two kits, for a total of four tests per household, and have them delivered directly to their home.
People can use these kits without having to leave the house and have the results available to them within minutes. A similar program offered by Vault Health, which is going to be phased out, required people to mail back their samples to a lab in order to get their results.
In a statement, Governor Walz said:
“Even as case numbers decline, it’s important that Minnesotans test for COVID-19 if they are feeling sick. That’s why we’re continuing to work to make tests easily accessible – now and in the future.”
The test kits will be available while supplies last. To order one of the kits, you can go to https://mn.gov/covid19/.
In the meantime, COVID-19 testing sites, such as the Starlite Center in Brooklyn Park, will remain open for the foreseeable future.