Free COVID-19 testing is available throughout the week and weekends at many places around Dakota County.
Even if your test results are negative, it's important to quarantine for 14 days if you were around someone who tested positive. You can still get and spread the virus if your test results are negative.
- Free and open to everyone (no age or location requirements).
- No symptoms, insurance or ID required.
- Test results take 1–5 days to process depending on number of people tested. Ask the test team for an estimated time for results. Rapid tests are not available.
- Testing is administered by professional medical staff.
Free drive-up nasal testing
To make an appointment, sign up online or call 612-223-8838.
When you call, someone will help you find a day and time that works best for you. They will ask for your name and phone number to confirm your appointment. You can make an appointment for yourself, family members and friends.
Dakota Child and Family Clinic, 2530 Horizon Drive
- Tuesdays, 3–7 p.m.
- Thursdays, 8 a.m.–noon
West St. Paul:
Northern Service Center, 1 Mendota Road West
- Saturdays (starting July 10), 9 a.m.–noon
Schedule an appointment
Free walk-up saliva testing
When you click the appointment links below, you will be taken to a website with all the testing places in Minnesota. Click on the testing location that you would like to make an appointment at. You will be given a set of available times. Click on the time that works best for you. If none of these times work for you, or if you would like to be tested sooner,
you can walk up to these sites and get tested without an appointment.
Schedule an appointment
Free at-home saliva testing
All Minnesotans can receive free at-home COVID-19 saliva testing, with or without symptoms, at no cost.
Order an at-home test from Vault Medical Services
When you are ready to take the test, you will log in to access the Vault virtual waiting room and do a video visit with a Vault test supervisor. They can give you instructions and make sure you do the test the right way. You will then send the test to the lab in Oakdale, Minn., using the prepaid package. Once it arrives at the lab, you will get your test results by email in 24-48 hours.
This saliva test is just as accurate as the nasal swab test.
What to expect for saliva, nasal and at-home tests
Testing sites are designed to keep you and health care workers safe. On your testing day, you'll be guided through the testing site. All tests will be done by a professional medical team.
When you arrive, you'll be asked to confirm your appointment by providing your name. If you don't have an appointment, let the health care worker know. If you have an insurance card, you'll be asked for it. Insurance is not required for a test.
Why you should get tested
Testing is one of the best ways to control the spread of COVID-19. Anyone with
COVID-19 symptoms or anyone who has been around someone with symptoms should be tested.
What you should bring with you
If you have an insurance card, please bring it with you. Insurance cards and IDs are not required to get tested.
After the test
You should receive your test results 1–5 days after your test day. It's possible that the wait time may be longer depending on the number of tests conducted.
If you feel sick, please stay home and away from others. If you don't feel sick, please still wear a mask in public and keep 6 feet of distance between you and other people.
If your test shows that you do not have COVID-19, you will receive an email, text or phone call. If your test shows that you have COVID-19, a team member will call you to discuss what next steps.