Free COVID-19 rapid testing now offered in Wadena

Participants that have health insurance will be asked for their insurance information so the state can bill their insurance company on their behalf.

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Free COVID-19 rapid testing is now available at the Wadena Armory.

Rapid testing will be available on Mondays and Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. through the month of December. The sites are being supported by the Minnesota National Guard.

Testing is free. Participants that have health insurance will be asked for their insurance information so the state can bill their insurance company on their behalf. If a person is uninsured or if insurance does not cover some or all of the cost, the state will cover the difference, ensuring testing remains open to all at no cost

Testing is recommended for symptomatic Minnesotans and is open to Minnesotans with or without insurance. Rapid test results will be available within approximately one to three hours of processing.

To schedule an appointment: Walk-ins are welcome.


“Minnesotans continue to navigate daycare, school, and work all alongside the ongoing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Free and fast testing options help families keep their lives on track,” said Governor Tim Walz. “That’s why we continue to expand testing opportunities in the metro and Greater Minnesota to meet Minnesotans where they are. We are taking action to make sure all Minnesotans have access to testing options at our free community testing network.”

“Testing for COVID-19 helps keep our kids safe in the classroom and workers protected on the job,” said Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan. “Free rapid and PCR testing is just what Minnesota families need right now, and that’s why we are standing up new sites across Minnesota to get more tests to Minnesota families.”

"The Minnesota National Guard's motto is 'Always Ready, Always There' and demonstrates our commitment to support Minnesota citizens," said Army Major General Shawn Manke, Minnesota National Guard's Adjutant General. "We have supported public health activities since March 2020 with varying levels of personnel and activities and are prepared to do so, again."

Last week, the state launched new COVID-19 community rapid testing sites in Stillwater, Crookston, and Hutchinson. In just the first week, 635 participants were tested in Stillwater, 157 participants were tested in Hutchinson, and 49 participants were tested in Crookston. These sites are also supported by the Minnesota National Guard. More details on an additional rapid testing site in Albert Lea will be provided in the near future.

The state also began offering rapid tests at existing community testing locations in Moorhead, Saint Paul, Brooklyn Park, and Duluth last week.

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