COVID-19 testing for staff and students
Given the current surge in positive cases in our community, we are encouraging school staff and families to increase their testing for COVID-19. Regular testing of staff and students will increase safety for everyone. Testing is one way to identify and isolate the virus to prevent the spread within the school community. Minnesota offers multiple ways to get tested that are accessible for most families and free of charge.
At-home COVID-19 saliva testing
Minnesota offers free, at-home COVID-19 saliva testing for people who believe they need to be tested, with or without symptoms. Right now, families can order multiple test kits per household. Each test needs a unique email address and Vault account. If you use your email to order a test for yourself, you will need to create another account with a separate email to order a test for another family member. Families will be asked if they have insurance, but the state will cover the costs for any uninsured or underinsured families. You should not receive a bill using this testing option. At-home saliva testing will require a copy of both sides of your insurance card.
COVID-19 community testing sites
All COVID-19 testing is free of charge at Minnesota Department of Health community testing events. MDH continues to plan more community testing events across the state, working together with communities to make sure everyone can get tested.
Tests are free for everyone. No identification or insurance is required.