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Free at-home COVID-19 saliva testing for people in select areas.
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COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing
Free drive-thru COVID-19 testing is available Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays at Dakota Child and Family Clinic and the Northern Service Center.
If you don't have a vehicle or would prefer to walk-thru, we can still test you.
- Free and open to everyone (no age or location requirements)
- No symptoms, insurance or ID required
- Test results take 3–7 days to process, rapid tests are not available
- Testing is administered by professional medical staff
- Nose swab viral test (antibody blood tests are not available)
Hours and Location
Drive-thru testing is free at:
Dakota Child and Family Clinic, 2530 Horizon Drive, Burnsville
Wednesdays, 3–7 p.m.
Sundays, noon –4 p.m.
Northern Service Center, 1 Mendota Road West, West St. Paul
Saturdays, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Make an Appointment
To make an appointment, call 612-223-8838.
When you call, someone will help you find a day and time that works best for you. They will ask for your name and phone number to confirm your appointment. You can make an appointment for yourself, family members and friends.
The virus that causes COVID-19 spreads mainly by respiratory droplets. People let these droplets into the air when they talk, cough, or sneeze. Many people with COVID-19 have no symptoms. People with no symptoms can still give the virus to others, especially if they spend a long period of time close to other people. People can also give the disease to others before they show symptoms of COVID-19.
Face coverings, often called masks, can help stop a person’s germs from spreading to others. Research has shown that wearing masks lowers the risk of infection, especially when people also are careful to wash their hands often and stay at least 6 feet away from others.
To help keep schools open, it is very important that students and staff do what they can to stop the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.
Everyone Must Wear a Mask
Everyone who can wear a mask, should, including all students, staff, and other people present in school buildings and district offices, or riding in school buses, vans, or cars. Masks can include those made of paper that can be thrown away and those made of cloth, or a scarf, a bandana, or a religious face covering that covers both the mouth and nose.
Tips for Parents
Before school starts, show and tell your child the right way to put on and take off a mask. Here are
some ways to do this:
- Put a mask on a favorite stuffed animal.
- Consider giving your child face coverings that have pictures of things they like, such as cartoons or animals.
- Show pictures of other children and students wearing masks.
- Use books and videos to help talk about the importance of wearing masks around teachers and friends.
Send your child to school with a clean mask every day.
Masks and People with Special Health Needs
Some people cannot wear masks. This may include:
- Students with medical or other health conditions or disabilities, or mental health, developmental, or behavioral needs that make it hard to wear a face covering.
- Any person who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, or sleeping, or who is unable to remove the face covering without help.
Face shields may work for some people who cannot wear masks for medical or other reasons. A face shield is made of clear plastic that covers from the forehead down to below the chin and wraps around the sides of the face. A face shield protects the person wearing it, and it makes it possible for others to see their face and lips. This can make it easier for others to understand them when they talk. People who are deaf or hard of hearing may ask others to take off their masks while talking to each other, as long as everyone can stay at least 6 feet away from each other.
Developing an emergency plan can help you and your family be prepared for whatever comes your way. It is never too early to develop a plan for your family. It is also a good idea to revisit and update existing plans. This is especially true during the COVID-19 pandemic, which is requiring us to plan in different ways than other emergencies. One important plan to have in place is what to do if a parent or guardian becomes sick or hospitalized due to the virus. We encourage you to develop a plan for how you, your family, and caregivers will respond to a potential illness or hospitalization. Having a plan can help reduce stress in the event of an emergency and help everyone transition. Start by having a conversation with everyone involved and use this as a guide.
- Stay home as much as possible.
- Stay at least 6 feet from other people if you are in public places.
- Telework if you can.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- If you are 65 and older or have certain underlying medical conditions, stay at home and avoid situations where you could be exposed, including travel.
Hands and Face
- Wash your hands often, with soap and water. Wash for at least 20 seconds.
- Always wash your hands after being in a public place.
- Always wash your hands after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol.
- Use hand sanitizers on the hands only. Never use them on larger body surfaces, and never swallow or breathe them in.
- Do not make hand sanitizers into something you can spray into the air. This is dangerous to your health and can catch fire.
- Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue. Throw used tissues in the trash.
Masks and Face Coverings
Face coverings, often called masks, can help stop your germs from infecting others. Research has shown that wearing masks reduces the risk of infection, especially when combined with other prevention efforts such as washing your hands often and staying 6 feet away from others.
As of July 25, 2020, per the Governor's Executive Order, people in Minnesota will be required to wear a face covering in all indoor businesses and public indoor spaces, unless you are alone.
How Masks Work
The virus which causes COVID-19 is thought to be mostly spread by respiratory droplets released when people talk, cough or sneeze. Wearing a mask stops these droplets from spreading to others. This is extra important because around 40-50% of people with COVID-19 do not have symptoms but can still spread the virus.
Wearing a mask does not mean people who are sick should be in public. Stay home if you are sick unless you need to seek medical care.
Who should wear a mask
- Everyone who can wear a mask should.
- Even if you've had COVID-19, you should still wear a mask because we do not know if people can get sick with COVID-19 again.
- Do not put masks or face covers on children under age 2.
- Do not put masks or face covers on anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, or unable to remove the mask without help.
- People with disabilities or special health needs may not be able to wear a mask.
How to wear a mask
- Wash your hands before putting on your mask and after taking it off.
- Cover your nose and mouth and try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face.
- Keep the mask on your face the whole time you are out. Don't put the mask around your neck or on your forehead.
- Wash your mask after each time you wear it.
Types of masks
- Types of face coverings can include a paper or disposable mask, a cloth mask, a scarf, a bandanna, or a religious face covering.
- Do not buy or wear surgical or N95 masks. Health care workers need them so that they are protected when helping sick patients.
- Do not wear a mask with a valve because it allows droplets to be released from the mask.