COVID-19 At Home Saliva Test pilot program coming to Brainerd Lakes Area
By Paul Vold firstname.lastname@example.org (10/23/20)
(Minnesota) — The Minnesota Department of Health announced Thursday a pilot program of the COVID-19 At Home Saliva Tests. Aitkin County, Crow Wing County, and two dozen counties or tribal nations have been selected to be able to order a saliva test online and perform in the comfort of their own home.
The At Home Saliva Tests are available free of charge to any Minnesotan who believes they need to be tested. Through the mail order program, Minnesotans can order a saliva test online to be shipped to their home. They then perform the test by spitting into a small tube, under the supervision of a health care professional through a video telehealth visit. Once completed, the test is shipped to the state’s new saliva lab in Oakdale, where results are then emailed to the person in 24-48 hours.
The places selected for the initial pilot represent geographically diverse areas of the state, prioritized locations that do not currently have a saliva testing location or where testing events have been eliminated. Currently four saliva testing sites are open in Duluth, Winona, Moorhead, and Brooklyn Park. Mankato is scheduled to open Friday and up to five more to follow in coming weeks.
Participants willing to take the At Home Saliva Test will be asked for their health insurance so the state can bill their insurance company on their behalf. If a person is uninsured for any reason insurance does not cover some or all of the cost, the state will cover the difference so testing remains completely free to everyone.
A link for more information on the pilot program availability, the COVID-19 At Home Saliva Test program, and to order a test, visit rjbroadcasting.com.