MDH COVID-19 Testing Site
MDH COVID-19 Testing Site
- Mar 3 / Thursday 11:00 AM
- Mar 6 / Sunday 11:00 AM
- Mar 7 / Monday 11:00 AM
- Mar 8 / Tuesday 11:00 AM
- Mar 13 / Sunday 11:00 AM
- Mar 14 / Monday 11:00 AM
- Mar 15 / Tuesday 11:00 AM
- Mar 16 / Wednesday 11:00 AM
- Mar 17 / Thursday 11:00 AM
The State of Minnesota COVID-19 testing site at Saint Paul RiverCentre offers free tests to any Minnesotan who believes they need to be tested. Both rapid and saliva tests are available at this site. Walk-ins are allowed, however, wait times could be long.
When is the testing site open?
Sunday: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Monday - Thursday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday - Saturday: closed
Please do not arrive until 5 minutes before your appointment.
Where do I park?
Limited free parking is available at the RiverCentre Parking Ramp. Parkers must enter at the upper entrance to the parking ramp, located at 150 W. Kellogg Boulevard. Metered parking is also available by Rice Park.
Click here for a map to the RiverCentre Parking Ramp.
IMPORTANT PARKING INFORMATION:
- Free parking is limited and is not available before or after scheduled testing hours each day.
- The RiverCentre Parking Ramp is attached to Saint Paul RiverCentre but will require a 5-10 minute walk from the parking ramp to the testing site. For individuals with difficulty walking distances or varying elevations, it is recommended to consider ordering a COVID test by mail.
Which entrances do I use to access Saint Paul RiverCentre?
To access its entrance:
- Option 1: Take the skyway across Kellogg Boulevard that connects the RiverCentre Parking Ramp and follow the signs to the testing site.
- Option 2: Enter at Door H (near the exterior marquee sign) at the east end of RiverCentre (175 W. Kellogg Boulevard).
- Option 3: Enter at Door M (near the Herb Brooks statue) at the intersection of Washington St. and 4th St.
Can I do an at home test instead?
Yes. Minnesota is proud to offer at home COVID-19 saliva testing for any person who wants to be tested, with or without symptoms, at no cost. Visit Vault: No-Cost COVID Testing For All Minnesotans to order a test.
When you are ready to take the test, you will log in to access the Vault virtual waiting room and do a video visit with a Vault test supervisor. They can give you instructions and make sure you do the test the right way. You will then send the test to the lab in Oakdale, Minnesota, using the prepaid package. Once it arrives at the lab, you will get your test results by email in 24-48 hours.
Can I get an antibody test at this location?
No. The rapid and saliva tests check whether you have COVID-19 right now and can spread it to others. They are not an antibody test that looks for whether you have had COVID-19 in the past.
Who is eligible to get a test?
Both adults and children can use these tests. Saliva testing may not be right for those with low saliva production, such as children under age 4 or someone who has suffered a stroke.
Do I need insurance to get a test at this site?
No. This test is available regardless if you have insurance coverage or not.
If you do have insurance:
If you do have insurance, you will need to provide your insurance information so your insurance company can pay for your test. Please bring your insurance card to the test site.
If you do not have insurance:
If your insurance does not pay for COVID-19 tests or does not pay enough, the state will cover the cost. If you do not have insurance, the state will pay for your test. You will not receive a bill. For additional insurance questions, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions about Testing Costs section of the State of Minnesota's Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Testing.
Below are some helpful tips you may consider in regards to the COVID-19 testing site at Saint Paul RiverCentre:
- Do NOT eat, drink, smoke or chew gum 30 minutes before your test.
- Restrooms are only available in an area that is accessible after you have finished your test. No public restrooms are available in the waiting line area.
- If you are not able to sign up online or need an interpreter, call 855-612-0677 for assistance.
- To request an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodation or other accessibility needs for testing, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 855-612-0677 for assistance. Please make requests 2-3 business days before the testing event to ensure time to coordinate accommodations.
Visit the State of Minnesota's Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Testing page for more helpful tips.
City of Saint Paul Proof of Vaccination Mandate
Please note that attendees visiting the facility for the purpose of receiving a COVID-19 test are EXEMPT from this mandate and do not have to provide proof of vaccination.