October 22nd, the Minnesota Department of Health rolled out the pilot program for its COVID-19 Test at Home Saliva Program. Because it’s in the pilot phase, it is currently only available in two dozen counties and tribal nations.
Three criteria were used to select locations. They represent geographically diverse areas of the state. They do not currently have a saliva testing location. Or they have limited community testing events.
If you live in one of those locations, you can now go online to order a kit. It will be shipped to your home. To perform the test, you spit in a tube while supervised by a health care professional via a telehealth video session. So you’ll need access to the internet while you’re doing this.
After, you mail the kit in the prepaid package to the Minnesota test lab. You’ll receive results in one to two days.
Testing is free to all Minnesotans. Find out more at the MDH website.