The Minnesota Department of Health has expanded the no-cost COVID-19 test-at-home saliva testing program to all state residents. They can now order online a COVID-19 saliva test that will be shipped to their homes by visiting www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/testsites/athome.html.

“The mail-in test option has been shown to give quick and accurate results. It offers a convenient method to test for COVID that will further reduce the risk of exposure,” Crow Wing County Public Health Supervisor Michelle Moritz stated in a news release.

The saliva test is just as accurate as the nasal swab test and is also used at in-person COVID-19 community saliva testing locations across the state, according to officials.

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“I encourage anyone that has symptoms or a known contact with a positive case to test and help slow the spread by isolating at home. Hopefully having people know their COVID status can help prevent additional exposures and bring down the rising positive case rate,” Moritz said.

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To take the test, the person will have to log onto a website and do a video visit with a health care provider who will give instructions. The test is sent to a lab using the prepaid package. Once it arrives at the lab, test results will be received by email as soon as 24 to 48 hours.