New COVID-19 Testing Approach
COVID-19 numbers in Minnesota have consistently been low in recent weeks, including test positivity and hospital admissions. Meanwhile, with fewer people feeling sick, demand for saliva testing has decreased significantly. As a result, Minnesota’s testing strategy will be shifting more to a focus on at-home rapid testing.
Minnesota households are now eligible to receive two test kits (for a total of four tests) per home through the mail at mn.gov/covid19. Minnesota has secured 500,000 test kits (for a total of 1 million at-home tests) and the program will be available until all the test kits are ordered.
Through the federal government, Minnesotans can order free rapid at-home tests at CovidTests.gov. Food banks, local public health agencies, community groups, and other community health organizations may also have free tests available. Due to actions taken by the Biden Administration, costs for over-the-counter at-home COVID-19 tests are now required to be covered by health insurance plans.
With the lessons we’ve learned over the last two years, Minnesota is well-positioned to respond effectively if case counts tick upward again. While we all hope to avoid another wave, testing continues to be important for preventing the spread of the virus. Getting a test is still recommended if you:
- have symptoms of the virus.
- have had close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
- are returning from international or domestic travel.
- attended a high-risk event.
- work in a setting that has regular, close contact with many people.
The Minnesota House is now open to the public, with the State Office Building accepting visitors on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. If you’d like to stop by for a meeting on a legislative issue, please feel free to reach out to my office.
We’re over halfway through the legislative session, and I look forward to hearing from you as we finalize our work in the coming weeks. If you have any questions about our work, you can contact me through email (email@example.com) or phone (651-296-3751). I appreciate hearing from you!
Rep. Michael V. Nelson