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Best Place for COVID Tests: Test Sites or At Home, Not Hospitals or ER

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The Minnesota Hospital Association says the high volume of patients seeking COVID tests has driven up wait times for medical emergencies at several hospitals. Instead go to local pop up testing sites when available, or pharmacies.

MDH Director for Infectious Diseases Kris Ehresmann shared in a statement on Friday, January 7th 2022, “Even though the early data suggests that this variant is thankfully milder, the high, high number of cases that we’re seeing means that even if we’re seen a lower proportion of people need hospitalization, because so many people are sick, that it’s still going to impact our health care settings.”

Minnesotans can get tested at one of the many state testing sites or through an at-home testing kit.

Find Testing Locations in Minnesota _ COVID-19 Updates and Information – State of Minnesota map covid test

  • Walgreens
    Alexandria

    910 BROADWAY ST
    Alexandria, MN 56308
    Distance: 0.50 miles

    Hours of Operation

    • Contact for hours of operation
    • Please see website for hours

    Testing Types

    • Nasal Swab (PCR)

    Accommodations

    • Drive-thru

    Scheduling

    • Appointments Only
  • Sanford Health
    Alexandria

    1527 Broadway St
    Alexandria, MN 56308
    Distance: 0.83 miles

    Hours of Operation

    • Weekdays: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    • Saturdays: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    • Sundays: Closed

    Requirements

    • Call ahead

    Accepting

    • Symptomatic adults
    • Symptomatic pediatrics (ages 0-2)
    • Symptomatic pediatrics (ages 2-18)
    • Pre-procedural, Asymptomatic Healthcare Workers, Asymptomatic Nursing Home Staff and Residents , Asymptomatic First Responders

    Scheduling

    • Appointments
    • Walk-Ins
  • Alomere Health
    Alexandria

    610 30th Ave W
    Alexandria, MN 56308
    Distance: 1.81 miles

    Hours of Operation

    • Weekdays: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    • Weekends: Closed

    Requirements

    • Physician Referral

    Accepting

    • Symptomatic adults
    • Symptomatic pediatrics (ages 0-2)
    • Symptomatic pediatrics (ages 2-18)
    • Asymptomatic adults
    • Asymptomatic pediatrics (ages 0-2)
    • Asymptomatic pediatrics (ages 2-18)
    • Other asymptomatic patients
    • Pre-procedural, suspected exposure

    Accommodations

    • Drive-thru

    Scheduling

    • Appointments Only
  • Glacial Ridge Health System
    Glenwood

    417 S Franklin St
    Glenwood, MN 56334
    Distance: 16.57 miles

    Hours of Operation

    • Weekdays: 9:00am – 5:00pm
    • Weekends: 9:00am – 12:00pm
    • not open on holidays

    Testing Types

    • Nasal Swab (PCR)

    Accepting

    • Symptomatic adults
    • Symptomatic pediatrics (ages 0-2)
    • Symptomatic pediatrics (ages 2-18)

    Scheduling

    • Appointments Only
  • Sanford Health
    Parkers Prairie Clinic

    115 E Soo St
    Parkers Prairie, MN 56361
    Distance: 18.58 miles

    Hours of Operation

    • Weekdays: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    • Weekends: Closed

    Requirements

    • Call ahead

    Accepting

    • Symptomatic adults
    • Symptomatic pediatrics (ages 0-2)
    • Symptomatic pediatrics (ages 2-18)
    • Pre-procedural, Asymptomatic Healthcare Workers, Asymptomatic Nursing Home Staff and Residents , Asymptomatic First Responders

    Scheduling

    • Appointments
    • Walk-Ins
  • Coborn’s Pharmacy
    Sauk Centre

    214 12th Street
    Sauk Centre, MN 56378
    Distance: 23.16 miles

    Hours of Operation

    • Mondays: 11:00am – 2:00pm
    • Tuesdays: Closed
    • Wednesdays: 11:00am – 2:00pm
    • Thursdays: Closed
    • Fridays: 11:00am – 2:00pm
    • Weekends: Closed
    • Closed on holidays.

    Testing Types

    • Nasal Swab (PCR)

    Accommodations

    • Drive-thru

    Scheduling

    • Appointments Only
  • Coborn’s Pharmacy
    Long Prairie

    645 Lake Street South
    Long Prairie, MN 56347
    Distance: 24.75 miles

    Hours of Operation

    • Mondays: 11:00am – 2:00pm
    • Tuesdays: Closed
    • Wednesdays: 11:00am – 2:00pm
    • Thursdays: Closed
    • Fridays: 11:00am – 2:00pm
    • Weekends: Closed

    Testing Types

    • Nasal Swab (PCR)

    Accommodations

    • Drive-thru

    Scheduling

    • Appointments Only
  • CentraCare
    CentraCare – Long Prairie

    50 CentraCare Dr
    Long Prairie, MN 56347
    Distance: 26.02 miles

    Hours of Operation

    • Weekdays: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    • Weekends: Closed

    Requirements

    • Call ahead

    Accepting

    • Symptomatic adults
    • Symptomatic pediatrics (ages 0-2)
    • Symptomatic pediatrics (ages 2-18)
    • Call

    Scheduling

    • Appointments Only
  • Prairie Ridge Hospital and Health Services
    PRHHS Elbow Lake Clinic

    1411 Hwy 79 E
    Elbow Lake, MN 56531
    Distance: 29.18 miles

    Hours of Operation

    • Weekdays: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    • Saturdays: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    • Sundays: Closed

    Accepting

    • Symptomatic adults
    • Symptomatic pediatrics (ages 0-2)
    • Symptomatic pediatrics (ages 2-18)

    Scheduling

    • Appointments
    • Walk-Ins
  • CentraCare
    CentraCare – Melrose

    525 Main St W
    Melrose, MN 56352
    Distance: 30.12 miles

    Hours of Operation

    • Mondays: 8:00am – 4:30am
    • Tuesdays: 8:00am – 4:30pm
    • Wednesdays: 8:00am – 4:30am
    • Thursdays: 8:00am – 4:30pm
    • Fridays: 8:00am – 4:30pm
    • Saturdays: 8:00am – Closed
    • Sundays: Closed
    • No other changes to hours of operation at this time

    Accepting

    • Symptomatic adults
    • Symptomatic pediatrics (ages 0-2)
    • Symptomatic pediatrics (ages 2-18)
    • Asymptomatic adults
    • Asymptomatic pediatrics (ages 0-2)
    • Asymptomatic pediatrics (ages 2-18)
    • Other asymptomatic patients

    Accommodations

    • Drive-thru

    Scheduling

    • Appointments Only
  • Tri-County Health Care
    Tri-County Health Care – Bertha Clinic

    214 1st St NW
    Bertha, MN 56437
    Distance: 30.16 miles

    Hours of Operation

    • Weekdays: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    • Weekends: Closed

    Accepting

    • Symptomatic adults
    • Symptomatic pediatrics (ages 0-2)
    • Symptomatic pediatrics (ages 2-18)
    • Asymptomatic adults
    • Asymptomatic pediatrics (ages 0-2)
    • Asymptomatic pediatrics (ages 2-18)

    Scheduling

    • Appointments Only
  • Tri-County Health Care
    Henning

    401 Douglas Ave
    Henning, MN 56551
    Distance: 30.38 miles

    Hours of Operation

    • Weekdays: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    • Weekends: Closed

    Accepting

    • Symptomatic adults
    • Symptomatic pediatrics (ages 0-2)
    • Symptomatic pediatrics (ages 2-18)
    • Asymptomatic adults
    • Asymptomatic pediatrics (ages 0-2)
    • Asymptomatic pediatrics (ages 2-18)

    Scheduling

    • Appointments Only
  • Community Sites
    Morris – National Guard Armory

    722 Iowa Avenue
    Morris, MN 56267
    Distance: 32.50 miles

    Hours of Operation

    • Weekdays: 11:00am – 6:00pm
    • Weekends: Closed
    • Saliva results available within approximately 24-72 hours from processing. The Morris National Guard Armory testing site will be closed on December 31 and January 1. This site will be open on Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 17.

    Testing Types

    • Saliva (PCR)

    Out-of-Pocket Cost

    • No out-of-pocket cost

    Accommodations

    • Indoor

    Scheduling

    • Appointments
    • Walk-Ins
  • Stevens Community Medical Center
    Morris

    400 E First St
    Morris, MN 56267
    Distance: 33.13 miles

    Hours of Operation

    • Weekdays: 9:00am – 4:00pm
    • Weekends: 9:00am – 12:30pm

    Testing Types

    • Nasal Swab (PCR)

    Accepting

    • Symptomatic adults
    • Symptomatic pediatrics (ages 0-2)
    • Symptomatic pediatrics (ages 2-18)
    • Asymptomatic adults
    • Asymptomatic pediatrics (ages 0-2)
    • Asymptomatic pediatrics (ages 2-18)

    Accommodations

    • Indoor
    • Drive-thru

    Scheduling

    • Appointments Only
  • Prairie Ridge Hospital and Health Services
    PRHHS Morris Clinic

    24 E 7th St
    Morris, MN 56267
    Distance: 33.37 miles

    Hours of Operation

    • Mondays: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    • Tuesdays: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    • Wednesdays: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    • Thursdays: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    • Fridays: 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    • Weekends: Closed

    Accepting

    • Symptomatic adults
    • Symptomatic pediatrics (ages 0-2)
    • Symptomatic pediatrics (ages 2-18)

    Scheduling

    • Appointments
    • Walk-Ins
  • Otter Tail County Public Health
    Ottertail Operations Center

    469 Main St.
    Ottertail, MN 56571
    Distance: 38.54 miles

    Hours of Operation

    • Mondays: Closed
    • Tuesdays: Closed
    • Wednesdays: Closed
    • Thursdays: Closed
    • Fridays: 12:30pm – 4:30pm
    • Weekends: Closed
    • Testing on the 1st and 3rd Friday of the month. Appointments required for rapid testing. Calendar to schedule your test will post Tuesday of that week.

    Testing Types

    • Nasal Swab (molecular, rapid result)
    • Saliva (PCR)

    Accepting

    • Symptomatic adults
    • Symptomatic pediatrics (ages 2-18)
    • Asymptomatic adults
    • Asymptomatic pediatrics (ages 2-18)
    • Other asymptomatic patients

    Accommodations

    • Indoor
  • Tri-County Health Care
    Tri-County Health Care – Ottertail Clinic

    232 Minnesota Hwy 78 N
    Ottertail, MN 56571
    Distance: 39.02 miles

    Hours of Operation

    • Mondays: 8:00 a.m – 4:30 p.m.
    • Tuesdays: 8:00 a.m – 4:30 p.m.
    • Wednesdays: Closed
    • Thursdays: 8:00 a.m – 4:30 p.m.
    • Fridays: 8:00 a.m – 4:30 p.m.
    • Weekends: Closed

    Accepting

    • Symptomatic adults
    • Symptomatic pediatrics (ages 0-2)
    • Symptomatic pediatrics (ages 2-18)
    • Asymptomatic adults
    • Asymptomatic pediatrics (ages 0-2)
    • Asymptomatic pediatrics (ages 2-18)

    Scheduling

    • Appointments Only
  • Tri-County Health Care
    Wadena

    415 Jefferson St N
    Wadena, MN 56482
    Distance: 40.31 miles

    Hours of Operation

    • Weekdays: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    • Weekends: Closed

    Requirements

    • With mask, Call Ahead

    Accepting

    • Symptomatic adults
    • Symptomatic pediatrics (ages 0-2)
    • Symptomatic pediatrics (ages 2-18)
    • Asymptomatic adults
    • Asymptomatic pediatrics (ages 0-2)
    • Asymptomatic pediatrics (ages 2-18)

    Scheduling

    • Appointments Only
  • Community Sites
    Wadena Armory

    517 Jefferson Street North
    Wadena, MN 56482
    Distance: 40.41 miles

    Hours of Operation

    • Mondays: 11:00am – 6:00pm
    • Tuesdays: 11:00am – 6:00pm
    • Wednesdays: Closed
    • Thursdays: Closed
    • Fridays: Closed
    • Weekends: Closed
    • Rapid testing open to ages 0+. Rapid results available within approximately 15 minutes-3 hours from processing. The Wadena Armory site will be open 1/17 on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

    Testing Types

    • Nasal Swab (antigen, rapid result)

    Out-of-Pocket Cost

    • No out-of-pocket cost

    Accommodations

    • Indoor

    Scheduling

    • Appointments
    • Walk-Ins
  • Swift County – Benson Health Services
    Swift County

    1815 Wisconsin Ave
    Benson, MN 56215
    Distance: 41.13 miles

    Hours of Operation

    • Mondays: 8:30am – 4:30pm
    • Tuesdays: 8:30am – 4:30pm
    • Wednesdays: 8:30am – 4:30pm
    • Thursdays: 8:30am – 4:30pm
    • Fridays: 8:30am – 4:15pm
    • Weekends: Closed

    Testing Types

    • Nasal Swab (PCR)
    • Oral Swab (PCR)

    Requirements

    • Pre-registration

    Accepting

    • Symptomatic adults
    • Symptomatic pediatrics (ages 0-2)
    • Symptomatic pediatrics (ages 2-18)
    • Other asymptomatic patients
    • Pre-procedure and suspected exposure

    Accommodations

    • Indoor
    • Drive-thru

    Scheduling

    • Appointments Only
  • Lake Region Healthcare
    Fergus Falls

    712 S Cascade St
    Fergus Falls, MN 56537
    Distance: 43.20 miles

    Hours of Operation

    • Weekdays: 8:00am – 4:30pm
    • Weekends: Closed

    Testing Types

    • Nasal Swab (molecular, rapid result)
    • Oral Swab (PCR)

    Requirements

    • Visit with a clinician

    Accepting

    • Symptomatic adults
    • Symptomatic pediatrics (ages 0-2)
    • Symptomatic pediatrics (ages 2-18)
    • Asymptomatic adults
    • Asymptomatic pediatrics (ages 0-2)
    • Asymptomatic pediatrics (ages 2-18)

    Accommodations

    • Indoor

    Scheduling

    • Appointments Only
  • Lakewood Health System
    Lakewood Health System

    49725 Co 83
    Staples, MN 56479
    Distance: 43.69 miles

    Hours of Operation

    • Weekdays: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    • Weekends: Closed
    • through clinic

    Requirements

    • free Covid-19 assessment through Click-Care on the Lakewood Health System website

    Accepting

    • Symptomatic adults
    • Symptomatic pediatrics (ages 0-2)
    • Symptomatic pediatrics (ages 2-18)

    Scheduling

    • Appointments Only
  • Walgreens
    Fergus Falls

    326 W LINCOLN AVE
    Fergus Falls, MN 56537
    Distance: 43.71 miles

    Hours of Operation

    • Contact for hours of operation
    • Please see website for hours

    Testing Types

    • Nasal Swab (molecular, rapid result)

    Accommodations

    • Drive-thru

    Scheduling

    • Appointments Only
  • Otter Tail County Public Health
    Fergus Falls – Bigwood Event Center

    925 Western Ave.
    Fergus Falls, MN 56537
    Distance: 45.64 miles

    Hours of Operation

    • Mondays: 1:00pm – 5:00pm
    • Tuesdays: Closed
    • Wednesdays: Closed
    • Thursdays: Closed
    • Fridays: Closed
    • Weekends: Closed
    • Appointments required for rapid testing. Calendar to schedule your test will post the Friday prior to the testing event.

    Testing Types

    • Saliva (PCR)

    Accepting

    • Symptomatic adults
    • Symptomatic pediatrics (ages 2-18)
    • Asymptomatic adults
    • Asymptomatic pediatrics (ages 2-18)
    • Other asymptomatic patients

    Accommodations

    • Indoor
  • CentraCare
    CentraCare – Paynesville

    200 1st St W
    Paynesville, MN 56362
    Distance: 47.43 miles

    Hours of Operation

    • Mondays: 8:00am – 4:30pm
    • Tuesdays: 8:00am – 4:30pm
    • Wednesdays: 8:00am – 12:00pm
    • Thursdays: 8:00am – 12:00pm
    • Fridays: 8:00am – 12:00pm
    • Weekends: Closed
    • Please also remove the following statement: Revising our testing hours in Paynesville. Our hours are different on. are different on Mon-Wed than Thru & Fri. Also we are no longer offering testing on Saturday. let me know if you have any questions. Thank you

    Accepting

    • Symptomatic adults
    • Symptomatic pediatrics (ages 0-2)
    • Symptomatic pediatrics (ages 2-18)
    • Asymptomatic adults
    • Asymptomatic pediatrics (ages 0-2)
    • Asymptomatic pediatrics (ages 2-18)
    • Other asymptomatic patients

    Accommodations

    • Drive-thru

    Scheduling

    • Appointments Only
  • CHI CommonSpirit
    CHI St. Gabriel’s Health

    1100 4th St NE
    Little Falls, MN 56345
    Distance: 49.26 miles

    Hours of Operation

    • Weekdays: 12:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
    • Weekends: 12:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.

    Requirements

    • Other
    • please call clinic at 320-631-7001

    Accepting

    • Symptomatic adults
    • Symptomatic pediatrics (ages 0-2)
    • Symptomatic pediatrics (ages 2-18)

    Scheduling

    • Appointments Only
  • Walgreens
    Little Falls

    1023 1ST AVE NE
    Little Falls, MN 56345
    Distance: 49.60 miles

    Hours of Operation

    • Contact for hours of operation
    • Please see website for hours

    Testing Types

    • Nasal Swab (molecular, rapid result)

    Accommodations

    • Drive-thru

    Scheduling

    • Appointments Only