[ENGLISH] COVID-19 Free Saliva Testing Sites in the Twin Cities

[ENGLISH] COVID-19 Free Saliva Testing Sites in the Twin Cities

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.
  • Appointments are encouraged but walk-ins are welcome. You can sign up for an appointment time below to reduce wait time. You may also come to a testing site without an appointment.
  • 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. See COVID-19 Test at Home for information on free at-home saliva testing for people in select areas.

Brooklyn Park
Starlite Center
Former Office Max building next to the Panda Garden Buffet, just east of Jolly Lane
Brooklyn Park, MN 55428
Monday – Friday: 12 – 7 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Minneapolis Convention Center

Minneapolis, MN 55403

Free parking will be available and marked in nearby surface lots and parking ramps.

Enter on the west side of the building off 1st Avenue, then continue to exhibit room E.

Monday – Friday: 12 – 7 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Minneapolis-Saint Paul Airport – opening November 12
MSP Airport

St. Paul, MN 55111

Terminal 1, Level 2 of the Blue Ramp, in the former rental care service-counter area

Free parking will be available for all seeking a COVID-19 test:

  • Drive to Terminal 1 and into the entry plaza for the parking ramps. Signs will guide you from the inbound roadway to the clinic location itself.
  • Take a ticket or insert your credit card. Follow signage to Level 4 in the Blue Ramp.
  • Walk to the centrally located elevator lobby and go to Level 2.
  • Staff at the clinic will provide a parking validation ticket, good for up to two hours. Use that ticket when you exit. No charge would appear on your credit card if you used that option to enter the ramps.
  • Airport employees who don’t have parking available to them at Terminal 1 can use the free parking, but only for a COVID-19 test; not their normal work shift.
Daily: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
St. Paul
Roy Wilkins Auditorium, next to Saint Paul RiverCentre
St. Paul, MN 55102
  • COVID-19 Testing Parking & Entrance Map (PDF)
  • Free parking is available on the roof of the RiverCentre ramp. If that is full, metered parking is available in Rice Park.Entrances:
  • Skyway from the RiverCentre Parking Ramp, follow signs. Testing location is about a 5-minute walk.
  • Doors by the main RiverCentre sign at 175 W Kellogg Blvd, follow signs. Testing location is about a 3-minute walk.
  • Rice Park entrance on Washington Street near Herb Brooks statue, follow signs. Testing location is about a 2-minute walk.
  • The testing location is ADA accessible. There are ramps and changes to the floor grade. People with mobility challenges may find the Minneapolis and Brooklyn Park locations easier to navigate.
Monday – Friday: 12 – 7 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
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.
  • Please do not contact the place where you did your test or 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.If you have questions regarding saliva testing, please email mn@vaulthealth.com or call 800-800-5698.Stay Safe MN logo