In advance of the holidays, Gov. Walz on Tuesday announced a new round of free COVID-19 at-home tests for Minnesotans as state officials urges everyone to get tested before large holiday gatherings.
“Each of us can do our part to protect the health of our loved ones this Thanksgiving – taking a COVID test is one of the best ways to do that,” Walz said in a statement. “Thanks to this program, all Minnesota households have the option to test before gathering with friends and family for the holiday.”
“We’re doing our part to remove any barriers for Minnesotans to test for COVID before gathering this Thanksgiving,” said Lt. Gov. Flanagan in the same statement. “These additional tests are free, easy to order, and will be delivered to your doorstep. Testing for COVID is one simple way to stay healthy around the holidays.”
Minnesotans who have previously ordered tests are again able to receive four additional tests per household at order your free at-home rapid tests on mn.gov/covid19, the statement said.
Although new cases of COVID-19 have been flat in recent months, officials fear a winter surge as the cold months begin and people are indoors more and large gatherings happen for the holidays.
A federal program offering free at-home tests ended in the summer but Minnesota continued offering them. The state said back then it will continue with the program until funds run out.
How to get a test:
Order your free at-home rapid tests. Food banks, local public health agencies, community groups, and other community health organizations may also have free tests available.
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.