COVID-19 Community Saliva Testing - Minnesota Dept. of Health

COVID-19 Community Saliva Testing

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The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is offering Minnesotans more and different options for COVID-19 testing by offering saliva testing, in addition to traditional COVID-19 community testing, in a growing number of locations across the state. The test is more comfortable than a nasal swab, and available at no cost to anyone who believes they need a COVID-19 test.

  • Saliva testing is free and available to all Minnesotans who believe they need to be tested, with or without symptoms.
  • Identification is not required. You do need to have an email address and phone number to receive your results.
  • Insurance is not required. If you do have insurance, you will need to show your card. The test is completely free whether or not you have insurance, and you will not receive a bill.
  • Saliva testing may not be right for those with low saliva production, such as children under age 4 or someone who has suffered a stroke.

Where to get a test

The state is opening up several saliva testing sites across Minnesota. As new locations open, they will be included here. The state will also be launching the COVID-19 Testing at Home Program soon. Information will be included here when available.


Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC)
350 Harbor Dr (Paulucci Hall 2, 3, 4, 5)
Duluth, MN 55802

  • Parking is free for the first 30 minutes in the small lot on the back side of the DECC. Use entrance F.

Wednesday - Friday: 12 - 7 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Schedule Appointment with Vault Health


Winona Mall
1213 Gilmore Ave.
Winona, MN 55987

  • Testing is located in the back of the Winona Mall near the DMV (southwest corner), facing Highway 61. The entrance is on the outside of the mall.

Wednesday - Friday: 12 - 7 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Schedule Appointment with Vault Health

Moorhead - opening October 17

Former Thomas Edison Elementary School
1110 S. 14th Street
Moorhead, MN 56560

Monday, Tuesday, Friday: 12 - 7 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Schedule Appointment with Vault Health

Brooklyn Park - opening October 20

Starlite Center, former Office Max building
8085 Brooklyn Blvd
Brooklyn Park, MN 55428

Monday - Friday: 12 - 7 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Schedule Appointment with Vault Health

What to expect at the testing site

  • Wear a mask or face covering if you can.
  • If you made an appointment ahead of time, you can show either your confirmation email/text or tell staff your name, birthdate, and address. Plan to arrive close to the time of your scheduled visit.
  • If you did not make an appointment ahead of time, you can register at the event.
  • Bring your insurance card if you have health insurance. The test will be 100% free whether or not you have insurance. If you do, we may ask your insurance company to help pay for your test.

How the saliva test works

  1. You must not eat, drink, chew or smoke anything for at least 30 minutes before taking a saliva test.
  2. A health care professional will tell you how to take the test, but you will do it yourself.
  3. You will spit into a funnel attached to a tube. Producing the required amount of saliva usually takes 10-12 minutes.
  4. You will get your results in about 48-72 hours.

After you’re tested

  • Refer to What to Do While You Wait for a COVID-19 Test Result (PDF)
  • Results are typically available 48 hours after your sample arrives at the lab, but there can sometimes be delays. If you have questions regarding saliva testing, please email or call 800-800-5698. Please do not contact MDH for results.
  • Your test is private and not shared with anyone outside of your public health department. We will not share your information with any government agency, employer, or health care provider.
  • You will receive your test result via email.

If your test is positive

If your test result is positive for COVID-19 the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 response team will call you with important health information for you and the people who live with you. It is important to answer the call.

On the call, you will talk about:

  • Your test results and what they mean.
  • A household plan to help keep others from getting sick, and to make sure you have what you need. This includes information on how to separate yourself from others (isolate) and what other people in your household should do, including staying home (quarantine). We will provide additional support for your household, resources permitting, for food, masks, hand sanitizer, and other items that might be of help for this estimated two-week period you will need to stay home.
  • Any people you spent time close to (sometimes called "close contacts") starting two days before you were tested or when you started feeling sick. These people could have been exposed to the virus. The health department will call these people with instructions. Your name will not be mentioned. Learn more about Tracing COVID-19.


Updated Friday, 16-Oct-2020 14:29:48 CDT