Minnesota is proud to offer at-home COVID-19 saliva testing for any person who wants to be tested, with or without symptoms, at no cost. This saliva test is just as accurate as the nasal swab test and is available at no cost for every Minnesotan, whether or not you have insurance. With the COVID-19 positivity rate climbing higher than ever before, expanding access to COVID-19 testing to all communities across the state is critical to keeping Minnesotans informed and safe. More information about this partnership with Vault Medical Services is available Minnesota Department of Health’s website, including information on how to order test.
Based on feedback we have received from educators, schools, child care and staff and in order to provide a seamless transition to this new program at-home testing for all Minnesotans, we are urging all educators who have not yet used their saliva test code issued at the start of the school year to use them by November 30, 2020. If you have already used your saliva test code or you’d like to take an at-home COVID-19 saliva test after November 30, you may order one at Vault: No-Cost COVID Testing For All Minnesotans.
We understand there was a message sent to school leaders yesterday encouraging schools to have their staff and students to be tested weekly before Thanksgiving. We want to clarify that we are strongly encouraging people between the ages of 18-35 to get tested now, especially if you are in school and heading home for winter break. We encourage anyone planning to see family over the holiday to get tested.