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Public Health

Posted on: May 22, 2020




Rice County Public Health has received notification from the Minnesota Department of Health that the Governor’s Office has directed Statewide COVID-19 testing events be held at various Minnesota sites including Faribault, by the National Guard this weekend.

Starting Saturday, May 23 through Monday, May 25, the following National Guard facilities will be open to conduct testing through the weekend from 10 A.M. – 5 P.M. daily.

COVID-19 Testing Locations:

East St Paul

1530 Maryland Ave E, St Paul, MN 55106

Minneapolis Armory

1025 Broadway St. NE, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55413.

Moorhead Armory

1002 15th Ave N, Moorhead, MN 56560

Duluth Armory 

4015 Airpark Blvd, Duluth, MN 55811

Faribault Armory

3000 W Airport Rd, Faribault, MN 55021

St. James Armory

521 Armstrong Blvd N, St James, MN 56081

Who can be tested?

Any Minnesotan. We especially encourage those who are ill, and those who have been directly exposed to a known COVID-19 positive contact.

How will the testing take place?

No appointment is necessary. National Guard members will swab the inside of your nose and ask you to complete paperwork with your name and contact information so you can be contacted with results. Results will be provided by phone and expected with an average of 48 hours.

Is there a charge for the test?

There is no charge for the testing and Minnesotans will not be asked for insurance cards or ID.

When can I be tested?

10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Sunday and Monday (Memorial Day)

Rice County Public Health staff will be assisting at the event.

As of today, Rice County has had 326 lab confirmed cases of COVID-19. Rice County COVID-19 data is updated regularly on the Rice County COVID-19 web page: .


Rice County Public Health is encouraging individuals to get tested, especially if they feel sick or are having symptoms.  COVID-19 symptoms most typically include fever, cough, shortness of breath, and fatigue.

Community transmission is occurring throughout Minnesota. Anyone can contract this disease and pass it on to others. For  individuals who have been told that they have COVID-19, or for those who have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19, it is critical that they remain in isolation or quarantine as advised, which may be up to 14 days, or sometimes longer.    

As a reminder, local provider testing continues to be available in Faribault at Allina Health or HealthFinders Collaborative, in Northfield at Northfield Hospital & Clinics, and in Owatonna at Mayo Clinic Health System. Call your healthcare provider or find specific testing site locations and hours here:


Deb Purfeerst, Rice County Public Health Director (507) 332-5914

Tracy Ackman-Shaw, Rice County Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator (507)332-5921

Sara Folsted, Rice County Administrator (507) 332-6100

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