Testing Resources

Health Service

COVID-19 Testing 

Testing is available at the following locations:

Most test sites require or request that patients call or go online to schedule a COVID test (unless you are experiencing a medical emergency). If you are experiencing a medical emergency please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department.

For the most up to date testing information in Minnesota please visit:

Minnesota COVID-19 Testing Sites

Gustavus Health Service 

The Gustavus Health Service offers a rapid molecular COVID-19 test called Abbott ID NOW. Results are available within 20 minutes. This nasal swab is a Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT test) that detects genetic material just like a PCR test. It is more accurate than rapid antigen tests and thus remains the gold standard for COVID-19 testing. Rapid antigen tests are not available in the Health Service. 

Vault Health Saliva Testing

Minnesota has a number of other locations throughout the state as well as a mail order option (see link in box above). PCR test result times vary. Go HERE to find a location and a time that works best for you. Insurance information will be collected, but any cost that is not covered by insurance will be covered through a government funded program. 

Mayo Clinic Health System

Mayo offers PCR testing daily in Mankato for anyone who wants to get tested. Test result times vary based on demand. Insurance will be billed for tests collected. Call 507-594-5700 or 507-594-6500 to schedule a test. Visit the Mayo Clinic website for more information.

Hy-Vee Pharmacy (eTrueNorth)

Hy-Vee offers PCR testing via nasal swabs at stores across the country (including the Hy-Vee in St. Peter) for anyone who wants to get tested. Days and time of testing varies by location. Test result times vary based on demand. Go HERE to register and find a time that works best for you. No insurance information will be collected, testing is free at this time through a government funded program. 

River’s Edge Hospital and Urgent Care, St. Peter

River’s Edge is only testing individuals who are symptomatic. Patients will need to be evaluated by a provider to determine if testing is warranted. Call 507-931-2200 before going to hospital to determine whether they are able to test you (unless emergency). 

Mankato Clinic

The Mankato Clinic offers testing to individuals with symptoms, close contacts who meet the MDH definition for needing to quarantine, and select others who may need a test for a specific reason (ie. healthcare worker or travel). Testing is currently offered by appointment only. Call 507-389-8680 or visit their online COVID-19 Information page.

Minnesota Department of Health

You could also call the MDH COVID-19 public hotline or your local county public health department: MDH COVID-19 public hotline: 1-833-431-2053