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Free saliva testing in Duluth now available to Wisconsin residents

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Two people enter the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center on Sept. 23, the first day of free COVID-19 testing at the site. (2020 file / News Tribune)

Wisconsin residents can now get tested at the free COVID-19 saliva testing site in the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center.

The states of Minnesota and Wisconsin entered into an agreement allowing this, said St. Louis County Public Health Division Director Amy Westbrook. As of Thursday, Oct. 29, Wisconsin residents can get tested at the site that was formerly for Minnesota residents only.

Those unfamiliar with the saliva test should know that they cannot eat, drink, smoke or chew gum for at least 30 minutes prior to the test. Those getting tested will need to spit into a small vial, so hydrating ahead of the 30 minutes can help.

They should also bring a smartphone if they have one and insurance information so the state can bill the insurance company for the cost of the test. Those who don't have insurance can still get tested free of charge. The state covers those costs.

An appointment is encouraged but not needed. Those looking to schedule an appointment can do so at mncovidtestingappt.as.me/schedule.php .


Currently there are seven active saliva testing points around the state. Wisconsin residents can get tested at any one of them. The other locations are in Winona, St. Paul, Brooklyn Park, Mankato, Moorhead and St. Cloud.

Testing at the DECC is open from 12-7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The testing room is in the DECC's Paulucci Hall, right inside Entrance F off Harbor Drive.

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