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Minnesota Department of Health to Open Semi-Permanent Saliva Testing Site at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium

Thursday, October 29, 2020

SAINT PAUL – On Friday, October 30, the Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul will become the Minnesota Department of Health’s seventh semi-permanent COVID-19 PCR Saliva Testing site in the state. This site is open to all Minnesotans who believe they need a COVID test, including those who are asymptomatic.

Minnesotans can visit the new testing site from noon to 7 p.m. on weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends. The Department of Health and Vault will reevaluate the hours of operation for each testing site as more sites open and demand shifts across Minnesota. The testing site is open to walk-ins, but you are encouraged to make an appointment if you are able, to prevent crowding and long lines. Appointments can be made through the Vault Health registration site.

“This is the first testing site of this sort in our community and it will be a valuable resource in our ongoing fight against COVID-19,” said Rep. John Lesch (DFL – Saint Paul.) “As this terrible disease is spreading at record levels in neighboring states and here at home, it is critical that we continue to develop our testing capacity. If you are showing symptoms of COVID-19, or  are asymptomatic but have been exposed to someone who has tested positive, I encourage you to make use of this new resource.”

More information about saliva testing can be found here.