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COVID testing site at Duluth Entertainment Convention Center to close Saturday

The Minnesota Department of Health is closing its state-run testing sites.

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Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, from left, chats with Kraig Rudstrom, Peter Hannegraf and Ella Krafve (mostly hidden) at the COVID-19 testing site at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center in 2021.
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DULUTH — The COVID-19 testing site at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center will close Saturday, the Minnesota Department of Health announced Tuesday afternoon.

Four state-run testing sites in Duluth, St. Paul, Brooklyn Park and the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport will end their services this weekend. The DECC has offered free COVID tests at Paulucci Hall since 2020. The site has had rapid testing, saliva testing and test-to-treat options.

The news release from the Minnesota Department of Health stated options for COVID testing will still be available from the state for Minnesotans in the following capacities:

  • At-home tests are available to order at mn.gov/covid19/get-tested/at-home/index.jsp. Note this is the last round of orders.
  • Test-to-treat programming is available to all Minnesotans via telehealth through Cue Health.
  • Some insurance companies offer free at-home tests through local pharmacies. Check with your provider for more information.
  • Contact your health care provider or local pharmacy for COVID testing options.
  • View the "MDH Testing Locations" map at mn.gov/covid19/get-tested.

COVID vaccines and boosters are widely available for free to everyone 6 months and older. For more information, contact your health care provider or local pharmacy or use the state's vaccine locator at mn.gov/covid19/vaccine.

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