Governor Tim Walz announces new online program to provide rapid at-home COVID-19 testing

Governor Tim Walz today announced a new program that will allow Minnesotans to order free rapid COVID-19 tests online for delivery directly to their homes.

Starting March 29, Minnesotans will be able to order two test kits (for a total of four tests) per household through an online ordering system. Minnesota has secured 500,000 test kits (for a total of 1 million home tests) and the program will be available until all test kits are ordered. Minnesota will use this program as a model for providing greater access to rapid COVID-19 tests in the months ahead. In addition to this program, the State of Minnesota has secured nearly 5 million at-home rapid test kits for community partners, schools, and daycares since September 2021.

Although the number of COVID cases is at some of its lowest points since the push for the Omicron variant, this program will be used as a pilot to see if rapid home tests could be used successfully in the future to help to cope with any future outbreak of the virus.

Residents of Minnesota will be able to visit request two test kits, or four tests in total, per household.

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Karen O. Fielding