FREE COVID-19 TESTING OPTIONS
Free Testing Options: Take-Home
Contact your school’s main office to request the following take-home tests:
1. BinaxNOW: A convenient, at home testing option if experiencing symptoms and need to quickly determine if you have COVID-19. Test results are not lab-confirmed.
2. BD Veritor: An at home testing option if experiencing symptoms and need to quickly determine if you have COVID-19. Test results are not lab-confirmed. (This test requires the use of a camera on a device and the user must download an app in order to test.)
3. Vault: A PCR test, the most accurate test for detecting the virus that causes COVID-19. The test is taken at home and mailed to the lab in a prepaid envelope. Results are received in 48 hours-72 hours via email from Vault. Test results are lab-confirmed.
Free Testing Option: Mail Order
Order free test kits online through the Minnesota Department of Health. Click here for information.
Click here to order four free tests from the U.S. Government.
Free Testing Option: Community Testing Site
Click here for community testing locations in the metro. Note: The Lino Lakes community testing site (former YMCA) is closed.
TEST RESULT INFORMATION
What do I do while waiting for results?
- Not feeling well? Stay home while you await results. Follow attendance reporting procedures.
- Not experiencing symptoms? Return to school while you await results.
POSITIVE RESULT: The school/district does not receive test results. Call the nurse at your child’s school to report a positive test. (Staff, report the result to your principal, director, supervisor.)
NEGATIVE RESULT: If you had symptoms and those symptoms are improving, you may attend school/work. You do not need to report negative results.
Questions? Please contact District Nurse Michelle Noha at firstname.lastname@example.org or 763.792.5011.
- Walk in or make an appointment through the Vaccine Connector: VaccineConnector.mn.gov.
- Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Public Hotline
- Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. & Sat., 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Use the state’s Vaccine Locator Map to find a vaccine provider near you: Find Vaccine Locations.
- Check for vaccine appointments using the Vaccine Finder on Find a COVID-19 vaccine near you. You can search for appointments by vaccine type (e.g., Pfizer).
- Contact your primary health care provider or a local pharmacy.
- Employers may also reach out with information about vaccination opportunities.