The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is opening a new COVID-19 community testing location in the Midway neighborhood of Saint Paul and closing two existing testing sites as part of the state’s ongoing work to adjust testing resources to meet demand and need.
May 12 will be the last day of testing at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium in downtown Saint Paul, and May 13 will be the last day of testing at the Stillwater Armory.
The state’s new testing site, located in the former Herberger’s at 1400 University Avenue West in Saint Paul, will open on Monday, May 16 and offer rapid antigen testing Sundays 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and Mondays through Fridays 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
This new site will bring even greater consistency to Minnesotans who want to access testing as it will not be subject to the occasional closures that took place to accommodate events at the auditorium and armory.
Visit mn.gov/covid19 for a list of operating hours and addresses for the state’s entire community testing network, and to make an appointment.
“Testing remains an important tool for protecting ourselves and others from COVID-19,” Minnesota Commissioner of Health Jan Malcolm said. “As this latest announcement shows, we are continuing to work with community partners to adapt the testing resources to fit the needs and preferences of Minnesotans.”
The new Midway testing location will be able to conduct up to 5,000 tests per day. The site is located near multiple transit options and has ample parking for visitors. Translation services and accessibility accommodations will be available on-site. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are encouraged.
In addition to the Midway site, Minnesotans have access to a multitude of low-barrier COVID-19 testing options at health care providers, pharmacies, and other locations, as well as free at-home rapid testing offered by the federal and state governments and health insurers.