The Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) is doubling its daily COVID-19 testing capacity and adding additional days of operation, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced Friday.
Beginning Monday, the DECC testing site will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Beginning Oct. 11, the testing site will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and will continue those hours of operation indefinitely. Currently, the testing site is open Monday through Thursday.
The DECC will increase testing capacity to approximately 1,000 tests per day from the current 500, and will expand the square footage used for testing to 10,000 square feet. The DECC uses saliva PCR tests, which yield results via email in about 24 hours.
The state's community testing sites, which include the DECC, are free to all Minnesotans regardless of insurance. Appointments can be made at mncovidtestingappt.as.me/schedule.php, but walk-ins are also accepted.
According to the news release from Walz, the demand for community COVID-19 testing was up 13% last week compared to the week before. In the Northland, positive COVID-19 cases have increased for 12 straight weeks.
The DECC testing site is located at Paulucci Hall, 350 Harbor Dr., Duluth. Parking is free to people accessing the testing site. People seeking testing should use the East Parking Gate.
This story was updated at 11:22 a.m. Oct. 4 to add information about parking. It was originally posted 4:16 p.m. Oct 1.