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State of Minnesota opens COVID-19 saliva test site in Marshall

A site for COVID-19 saliva testing is opening this week in Marshall. The state is also opening a new rapid testing site in Albert Lea and expanding testing options at two sites in Minneapolis and Lino Lakes.

Health care worker in protective gear administers a COVID-19 test.
At a public COVID-19 testing site in October 2020 at the Willmar National Guard Armory, swabber Nancy Anderson administers a COVID-19 test. Erica Dischino / West Central Tribune file photo
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MARSHALL — A new COVID-19 saliva testing site will open Nov. 11 in Marshall.

In addition, the state is offering rapid testing at several new sites. Testing is free at the state-run sites.

A new rapid testing site will open Nov. 11 in Albert Lea, staffed by Minnesota National Guard personnel.

The state is also offering rapid tests at an existing community saliva testing location in Lino Lakes. An existing saliva test site in Minneapolis will begin rapid testing on Nov. 12.

To get a test, walk in or schedule an appointment at one of the state’s sites. More information and a list of community testing sites is available on the Minnesota Department of Health testing webpage at .


Rapid testing at state sites is recommended for symptomatic Minnesotans and is open to anyone with or without insurance. Guidance on who should get tested can be found on the COVID-19 testing webpage.

The Marshall testing site will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday at Red Baron Arena, 1651 Victory Drive.

The new Albert Lea rapid testing site will open Nov. 11 at the former Shopko store at Northbridge Mall, 2610 Bridge Ave. The hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Both saliva and rapid testing at Lino Lakes will be available from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the former YMCA, 7690 Village Drive.

The Minneapolis Convention Center testing site will begin offering rapid tests in addition to saliva testing beginning Nov. 12. It is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Testing is free at all the state’s community testing sites. Participants who have health insurance will be asked for their 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, ensuring testing remains open to all at no cost.

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