(Alexandria, MN)  Alexandria has been added to the cities across the state that will offer a free COVID-19 testing site.  The Minnesota Department of Health has set aside three days next week for the testing, October 13th, 14th and 15th.  The tests will be conducted at the former Kmart Building in Alexandria at 2310 Highway 29 South between the hours of 12:00 (noon) and 6:00pm.

The testing is open to everyone, symptoms or no symptoms.  It is also free (no insurance required) and does not require an appointment.

Jessica Peterson of Horizon Public Health says the health screenings make the tests available to any and everyone.

The first day of testing saw about 600 people come through the Alexandria location.

Testing will be done with a nasal swab.  It takes only a couple of seconds and is then processed either by Mayo Clinic Laboratories or the University of Minnesota, through the lab capacity created by the testing partnership.

Although not required, you can sign up online for an appointment time ahead of time to keep the wait times shorter and give people plenty of space.  

If you are not able to sign up online, or need a translator, call 1-855-612-0677 for assistance.

“As we continue to see spikes in the number of new cases and increased community spread, we urge people to seek out testing,” said Jan Malcolm, MDH Commissioner. “While large events get a lot of attention, we know that smaller, everyday gatherings are a significant source of transmission in our state. It only takes one contagious person to lead to an outbreak. Giving people a chance to get tested lets them know if they’re positive and need to isolate and notify their close contacts to quarantine - it’s a key strategy we have to fight the spread of this virus.”