February 17, 2022
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is expanding its successful program to provide Minnesota residents with free COVID-19 rapid home testing through community-based organizations around the state.
This week, MDH delivers 347,000 rapid antigen test kits to local public health authorities, tribal health, food shelves and MDH COVID-19 Community Coordinators (CCCs) to provide for free to the communities they serve throughout February and March. Each set contains two tests.
Offering free rapid home tests through local public health and community groups will help reduce barriers and expand test access for Minnesota residents disproportionately affected by COVID-19. This week’s payout comes after an initial handout of 150,000 test kits to community groups in January. Groups receiving tests will communicate to their communities about how they will be picked up.
“Rapid testing is a key tool that Minnesota citizens can use to lower the risk of spreading COVID-19 to their families and communities. Even when transmission speeds fall, it is important that Minnesota residents use resources as rapid tests if they feel sick, “said Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm.” Working with community groups and local health agencies makes it easier for vulnerable Minnesota residents to get the resources they need to stay safe and prevent the spread of COVID. -19.
Expanding access to rapid testing has been a key component of the Walz-Flanagan Administration’s COVID-19 response strategy.
In addition to this community partnership, Minnesota has secured 3.6 million rapid tests that schools can provide to students, staff, and teachers to monitor symptoms at home and remain safe in the classroom. The state has also secured 550,000 rapid tests to be distributed through child care facilities.
Minnesota also offers free quick tests on many of the state’s two dozen Test sites for the COVID-19 community.
More information about the test distribution partnership in the home is available at Quick test distribution program with home.
Here’s how Minnesota residents can get a COVID-19 test:
How Minnesotans Can Get Their Free Shots:
- Use the state Vaccine location map to find vaccine providers near you.
- Check for vaccine appointments at Vaccines.govwhere you can search for vaccine-type appointments (eg Pfizer).
- Contact your or your child’s primary care nurse or a local pharmacy.
- Go to or make an appointment with one of Minnesota’s COVID-19 Community Vaccination Sites.
- Keep an eye out for vaccination clinics offered at schools or other locations around Minnesota.
Question About COVID-19:
- Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Public Hotline: 1-833-431-2053, Mon-Fri, 9 am-7pm and Saturday, 10 am-6pm
COVID-19 Public Hotline:
For questions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, call 1-833-431-2053, Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Mental Health Crisis Line – Ring: ** CRISIS (** 274747)