On Thursday, the Minnesota Department of Health will close its COVID testing sites at Roy Wilkins Auditorium in downtown St. Paul and the Stillwater Armory. On Monday, a new location in the St. Paul Midway will open on University Avenue.
According to the Department of Health, testing resources are being adjusted to match demand and necessity. The new facility will be at the strip mall at 1400 University Ave. West, right off Hamline and University avenues, in the old Herberger’s department store. It will offer quick antigen testing on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Officials from the state expect the new venue to provide more stability because it will not be susceptible to the same closures as the auditorium and armory. The new location, which is close to the Green Line and other public transportation choices, will be able to perform up to 5,000 tests every day. Appointments are recommended but not necessary.
Minnesotans may also get testing through their doctors and pharmacists, as well as through the federal government’s CovidTests.gov and health insurers’ free fast at-home tests.
Free testing may be provided from food banks, public health agencies, and community organizations. Before purchasing at-home testing, residents should check with their health plan to be sure they’re following the right processes to get their costs reimbursed.