Two Southeast Minnesota counties, Steele and Mower -- along with Twenty-Three other Counties -- have been chosen as a pilot of the test at home saliva COVID-19 test.

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The Minnesota Department of Health has announced a pilot of the COVID-19 Test at Home saliva program. Starting today (October 22nd), Minnesotans two dozen counties or tribal nations are now able to order a saliva test online to take a COVID-19 test in the comfort of their own home. These test are available free of charge to any Minnesotan who wishes to be tested and will soon be available state wide.

The pilot Test at Home program is now available to residents of the following counties:

  • Rock County
  • Kittson County
  • Le Sueur County
  • Beltrami County
  • Red Lake Nation
  • Wilkin County
  • Carver County
  • Nobles County
  • Wright County
  • Dakota County
  • Mower County
  • Becker County
  • Kandiyohi County
  • Crow Wing County
  • Cook County
  • Aitkin County
  • Steele County
  • Itasca County
  • Douglas County
  • Lyon County
  • Pine County
  • Otter Tail County
  • Swift County
  • Pennington County

These counties, according to the MDH, were selected for the initial pilot because they represent geographically diverse areas of the state, prioritizing locations that do not currently have a saliva testing location or where community testing events have been limited. Currently, there had only been four other saliva testing sites open in the State; Brooklyn Park, Duluth, Mankato, Moorhead and Winona.

Through the mail order program, Minnesotan's can have the test mailed directly to their homes. They then perform the test by spitting into a small tube, under the supervision of a health care professional through a video telehealth visit. Once completed, the test is shipped to the state’s new saliva lab in Oakdale, Minnesota, where results are then emailed to the person in 24-48 hours.

For more information about the COVID-19 Test at Home program, and to order a test, you can visit www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/testsites/athome

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