Free at-home COVID tests available to Minnesotans ahead of Thanksgiving

At-home COVID test kit delivered by mail
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Published: Nov. 15, 2022 at 1:38 PM CST
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ST. PAUL (Valley News Live) - Four additional free at-home rapid tests are available to all Minnesota households in advance of the Thanksgiving holiday through the state’s online ordering program.

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

“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,” said Governor Tim Walz. “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 Lieutenant Governor Flanagan. “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 can also place orders through the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Public Hotline at 1-833-431-2053 Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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.

Anyone can walk in or schedule an appointment for a test at one of the state’s free COVID-19 Community Testing sites or find a testing option near them through the state’s Find Testing Locations map.

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.