COVID-19 Testing and Flu Shots


The City of Minneapolis is offering free COVID-19 tests and flu shots. All are welcome. You do not need insurance for the test. The flu shot is free if you do not have insurance. If you have insurance, bring your insurance card for the flu shot.

Who should get tested?

  • Everyone is welcome to get tested for COVID-19. 

What to expect when you get tested

  • Watch a short video by the Minnesota Department of Health on what to expect when you get tested.
  • Also available in Spanish, Somali or Hmong

Where to get free COVID-19 tests and flu shots?

  • You can get a COVID-19 test even if you do not have health insurance.
  • Your flu shot is free if you do not have insurance. If you have insurance, bring your insurance card for a flu shot. 

Minneapolis Health Department free COVID-19 saliva testing events

Everyone is welcome. You do not need to register ahead of time.

About the saliva test

The saliva test is just as accurate as the nasal swab test. It checks whether you have COVID-19 right now and can spread it to others. It is not an antibody test that looks for whether you have had COVID-19 in the past.

  • Do not eat, chew, or drink anything (even water) for at least 30 minutes before you take your test. 
  • Both adults and children can use these tests. The tests might not work well for children under age 4 who may not have enough saliva. An adult 18 or older must request a test for a child.
  • Saliva testing may not be right for those with low saliva production, such as young children or someone who has suffered a stroke. 

February 2021 COVID-19 testing events flyer (PDF)

March 2021 COVID-19 testing events flyer (PDF)

  • Columbia Manor (Columbia Golf Course), 3300 Central Ave NE
    4 to 7 p.m.
    Thursday, Feb. 25, and March 4, 11, 18 and 25
  • Minneapolis Public Schools Davis Center, 1250 West Broadway Ave
    11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Saturday, March 13 and 20
  • Phyllis Wheatley Community Center, 1301 N 10th Ave
    10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Saturday, Feb. 27

At-home saliva testing kits

The Minneapolis Health Department is offering free at-home COVID-19 saliva testing kits for Minneapolis residents. 

Once you place an order for a testing kit, one of our staff members will contact you for additional information. They will help you decide which test kit is the best fit for you and review the instructions for how to take the test. 

Order a saliva testing kit from the Minneapolis Health Department. 

Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 testing

  • Saliva testing
    Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Avenue South, Exhibit Room E, enter on west side of building off 1st Avenue
    10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday
    Appointments are encouraged but walk-ins are welcome
    Make an appointment here
    Find information and instructions from the State
    Free curbside parking on 1st Avenue South

COVID-19 testing by community clinics

  • Native American Community Clinic, 1213 East Franklin Avenue
    COVID-19 testing
    2 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays
    Appointments are required
    To make an appointment call 612-872-8086
  • Southside Community Health Services, 324 East 35th Street
    COVID-19 testing
    2 to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday 
    Expect results in two to three days
    Same day testing can be done for health care workers, first responders and essential workers
    Call 612-827-7181 to schedule an appointment

 Other Minnesota testing sites

If you cannot attend one of these testing events, you can use this this directory to find other testing locations

What to do while you wait for your results

  • Stay home and away from others. 
  • Make a plan on what you will do if you test positive. 
  • List people you have been in close contact with recently. 
  • If you were tested for an upcoming medical procedure and do not have symptoms, you do not have to stay home while waiting for your test results. 
  • StaySafe MN has more information on what to do while you wait for your test result

Getting your test results

  • The clinic that did your testing will get the results to you.
  • It can take several days for test results to come back.
  • Do not call the Minnesota Department of Health to get your test results. 

What if I test positive?

You may be told to isolate or quarantine if:

  • You had a positive COVID-19 test
  • Someone you have been in close contact with tested positive

If you isolate or quarantine, you don't get other people sick.

See the Minnesota Department of Health website for more guidance

How do I isolate or quarantine?

Find out how to isolate or quarantine with these videos and handouts from the Minneapolis Health Department.


Last updated Feb 23, 2021



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