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Walz announces Minnesotans can order additional at-home rapid tests through state program

Minnesotans who have previously ordered the full limit of eight tests from this program are now able to receive four additional tests per household.

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While the federal government's free at-home test program was suspended in September, Minnesota is offering residents an opportunity to order additional at-home test kits or place an order for the first time and receive the test kits while supplies last.
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Gov. Tim Walz Wednesday, Sept. 14, announced Minnesotans can now place a third order for four additional free at-home rapid tests through the state’s online ordering program.

Minnesotans who have previously ordered the full limit of eight tests from this program are now able to receive four additional tests per household at mn.gov/covid19 .

Those who have not yet placed an order can receive up to 12 tests at once while supplies last. The federal government’s free at-home test program was suspended earlier this month.

“With the suspension of the federal mail order tests, Minnesota will continue to ensure access to free at-home rapid test kits for Minnesotans,” stated Gov. Tim Walz in a news release. “The free tests are just one part of the state’s comprehensive testing and vaccination program to provide readily available COVID-19 protection services across the state.”

The at-home test website includes information about at-home rapid testing, a video demonstration and frequently asked questions on how to use the iHealth COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test, and a link to place orders with the state’s fulfillment partner, Care Evolution. Minnesotans can also place orders through the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Public Hotline at 1-833-431-2053 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Language assistance is available.

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How to get tests

The state reported it worked to ensure Minnesotans can access COVID-19 testing in a variety of ways. Food banks, local public health agencies, community groups and other community health organizations may also have free tests available.

Anyone can walk in or schedule an appointment for a test at one of the state’s free  COVID-19 Community Testing sites  or find a testing option near them through the state’s  Find Testing Locations map .

Costs for over-the-counter, at-home COVID-19 tests are now required to be covered by health plans offered by Medicare, insurance companies, employers and groups as a result of actions taken by the Biden administration. In some circumstances, Minnesotans can receive free tests by showing their insurance card at a store. People should check with their health plan prior to purchasing at-home tests to ensure they are following the necessary steps to have costs covered.

Those at high risk and who may develop symptoms that could be COVID-19, should get tested right away, the state advises. Prescription medication is available to help prevent severe illness, hospitalization and death. Talk to a health care provider to learn about qualifications for COVID-19 treatment and where to get it. Learn more about COVID-19 medication at  COVID-19 Treatments .

Dozens of Minnesota pharmacies and federally qualified health centers are participating in the federal Test to Treat program. There, people can take a COVID-19 test and, if positive, be assessed by a provider on-site. Those eligible for treatment can receive and fill a prescription for pills at the same time. The federal government has a  Test to Treat locator  to help find participating sites. Some of these sites require appointments. Learn more at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services  Test to Treat  site.

Testing continues to be important for preventing the spread of the virus, the governor’s office reported. It is especially important to get tested if individuals have symptoms of COVID-19 or had close contact with someone who has COVID-19. For more details and additional information on when to get tested, see the MDH COVID-19 Testing page.

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