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Minnesota National Guard offers free testing at 6 armories

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota National Guard is offering free coronavirus testing at six armories across the state this holiday weekend.

Guard members will have the capacity to collect roughly 2,000 samples per day across the six sites, for a total of roughly 6,000 tests over the three-day weekend.

The six armories are in east St. Paul, northeast Minneapolis, Moorhead, Duluth, Faribault and St. James. They’ll be open to conduct testing from Saturday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, or until supplies are exhausted.

Any Minnesotan can get tested, though officials especially encourage those who are ill or who have been directly exposed to someone known to have tested positive for the coronavirus. No appointment is necessary. There is no charge and Minnesotans will not be asked for insurance cards or ID. Results will be provided by phone within about 48 hours.

Social distancing and masking will be enforced at the testing locations. Anyone experiencing symptoms should self-quarantine before and after their test until they receive their results.