Beltrami County, Red Lake Nation part of in-home COVID testing pilot

MDH announced Thursday that in-home saliva testing kits will be piloted in two dozen counties and tribal nations across the state, and Beltrami County, the Red Lake Nation, and Itasca County are among the pilot areas.

According to a release, residents in these areas will be able to order a testing kit online, where it will be sent with a prepaid package to return it, and the service will soon be available to all Minnesotans.

These pilot areas were selected to represent diverse areas of the state, without a saliva testing location.

Participants will be asked for their health insurance information so the state can bill their insurance company on their behalf.

If a person is uninsured or for any reason insurance does not cover some or all of the cost, the state will cover the difference so testing remains completely free to everyone. 

For more information, or to order a kit, visit the MDH website here.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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