Because of the spread of the Delta variant, demand for COVID-19 testing has increased. Testing will remain critical to slowing the spread of COVID-19 in the coming months as students and educators return to school, and more activities move inside as the weather turns colder.
The St. Cloud community testing site located at River’s Edge Convention Center moved to the Minnesota National Guard Armory, located at 1710 Veterans Drive in St. Cloud. The last day of testing at River’s Edge Convention Center was Tuesday, Aug. 31. Testing at the St. Cloud Armory began Thursday, Sept. 2.
“As we continue to make progress on vaccinations, testing remains a key component of our strategy to protect Minnesotans from COVID-19,” said Minnesota Commissioner of Health Jan -Malcolm. “Through a robust, collaborative testing program, we have removed many obstacles to testing for communities across the state. Combined with social distancing, masking, and staying home when sick, testing can help us slow the spread of the Delta variant as we continue to get as many folks vaccinated as possible.”
Testing is free at all of the state’s community testing sites. Participants will be asked for their health insurance information so the state can bill their insurance company on their behalf. If a person is uninsured, or if insurance does not cover some or all of the cost, the state will cover the difference, so testing remains open to all at no cost.
Testing is open to anyone who believes they need a COVID-19 test, with or without insurance. State guidance on who should get tested can be found on the COVID-19 testing webpage at http://health.state.mn.us.
Those who arrive for a test should avoid eating, drinking, chewing, or smoking anything for at least 30 minutes before providing a sample. Once they arrive at a testing location, they will self-administer the test by salivating into a funnel attached to a small tube. Site staff will be available on-site to monitor the collection process.
While walk-ins are welcome, people seeking testing at state sites can schedule a test at Vault Health mncovidtestingappt.as.me. Results arrive by email in approximately 48-72 hours.
St. Cloud Testing Site
St. Cloud Armory
1710 Veterans Dr.
St. Cloud, MN 56303
Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
In addition to the St. Cloud Armory, residents needing a COVID-19 test can call their doctor’s office, pharmacy, or order a test through the state’s free at-home COVID-19 testing program at health.state.mn.us.