Testing is an important way to keep COVID-19 from spreading. If you have symptoms, test immediately. If you were exposed to COVID-19 and do not have symptoms, wait at least 5 full days after your exposure before testing.
Free at-home COVID-19 tests
State of Minnesota
March 13, 2023 - Four additional free at-home rapid tests are available to all Minnesota households through the state’s online ordering program, while supplies last. This is the last chance for people in Minnesota to get free tests before the program ends.
Need help placing an order for your at-home tests? Call the MDH COVID-19 Public hotline 1-833-431-2053 available Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Language assistance is available.
LAST CHANCE: Order free at-home test kits
Nov. 16, 2022 - Four additional tests per household are available in advance of the winter holidays. Every home in Minnesota is eligible to order up to 16 rapid at-home COVID-19 tests for free, while supplies last. The tests are completely free. Order your tests now so you have them when you need them.
Dec. 16, 2022 - Every home in the U.S. can order 4 free at-home COVID-19 tests. The tests are completely free. Order your tests now so you have them when you need them. If you have ordered in the past, you can now order 4 more tests.
Need help placing an order for your at-home tests? Call 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7498).
COVID-19 test expiration date extended
The FDA has extended many COVID-19 Rapid Test expiration dates.
COVID-19 treatment at no-cost
If you are a Minnesota resident who has tested positive for COVID-19 and your symptoms have started within the last 5 days, you may be eligible to receive at-home treatment at no-cost, provided by the Minnesota Department of Health and Cue Health.
Patients wanting COVID-19 treatment can visit Cue Health to get started or call 1-833-283-8378.
Test to Treat
Test to Treat is a nationwide program where you can take a COVID-19 test and, if positive, be assessed by a provider on-site. If you are eligible for treatment, you can receive and fill a prescription for pills at the same time. Please bring a current list of medications to your appointment. Patients seeking treatment should plan to spend one hour at the site. Some of these sites require appointments.
Find a provider using the Test to Treat locator.
COVID-19 Treatment through Telehealth Program
People in Minnesota who have tested positive for COVID-19 can receive free COVID-19 medication through a telehealth program provided by the Minnesota Department of Health and Cue Health.
To be eligible:
- You tested positive for COVID-19 within the last five days.
- Your symptoms started within the last five days.
This program can be used no matter where you got tested, including if you used an at-home test. The service is available at no cost. Get COVID-19 treatment through telehealth.
Types of tests
Community testing locations
St. Paul-Midway, Brooklyn Park and MSP Airport testing sites closed during the final week of January 2023.
Minneapolis - Phyllis Wheatley Community Center
Saint Paul - WellShare Community Health Works
La Puerta Abierta
Additional testing locations
COVID-19 testing is also offered at some clinics, hospitals and pharmacies (like CVS, Hy-Vee and Walgreens).