More COVID tests now available

ST. PAUL — Minnesotans can now order additional free at-home rapid tests online.

Minnesotans who have previously ordered the full limit of eight tests from this program are now able to receive four additional tests per household at mn.gov/covid19/get-tested/at-home.

Those who have not yet placed an order can receive up to 12 tests at once while supplies last. The federal government’s free at-home test program was suspended earlier this month.

“With the suspension of the federal mail order tests, Minnesota will continue to ensure access to free at-home rapid test kits for Minnesotans,” said Gov. Tim Walz. “The free tests are just one part of the state’s comprehensive testing and vaccination program to provide readily available COVID-19 protection services across the state.”

The at-home test website includes information about at-home rapid testing, video demonstration, frequently asked questions on how to use the iHealth COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test, and a link to place orders with the state’s fulfillment partner, Care Evolution. Minnesotans can also place orders through the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Public Hotline at 1-833-431-2053 Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Language assistance is available.

Minnesotans can access COVID-19 testing by ordering free at-home rapid tests or at food banks, local public health agencies, community groups and other community health organizations.

Anyone can walk in or schedule an appointment for a test at one of the state’s free COVID-19 Community Testing sites‚ or find a testing option near them through the state’s online Find Testing Locations map.

Costs for over-the-counter, at-home COVID-19 tests are now required to be covered by health plans offered by Medicare, insurance companies, employers and groups as a result of actions taken by the Biden administration.

In some circumstances, Minnesotans can receive free tests by showing their insurance card at a store. People should check with their health plan prior to purchasing at-home tests to ensure they are following the necessary steps to have costs covered.


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