ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX47) — The Minnesota Department of Health announced a new temporary COVID-19 saliva testing site will soon open in Olmsted County.
Testing will be available from Friday, Jan. 22 through Saturday, Jan. 23 at the 318 Commons in Rochester, MDH said in a news release on Thursday. The site will be open from noon to 6 p.m.
The news release said appointments are not required, but they are strongly encouraged. The state said testing will be open to all with no cost, as with all of the state’s community testing sites. Testing will be open to anyone who believes they need a test, including those who are not insured.
“Testing is a key component of our strategy to protect Minnesotans from COVID-19,” said Minnesota Commissioner of Health Jan Malcolm. “Through a robust, collaborative statewide testing program, we have made great progress in removing obstacles to testing. When combined with social distancing, masking, avoiding crowds and staying home when sick, testing can help us slow the spread of COVID-19 and bridge to the better days we know are coming.”
People who are being tested should avoid drinking, chewing, eating or smoking for at least 30 minutes prior, MDH said.