Back to school! MDH recommends frequent COVID testing

One way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to get tested if you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for the virus.  The Minnesota Department of Health is recommending school aged kids get tested regularly for COVID-19.

According to a recent news release from MDH, “The recommendation is for all youth returning to school, youth sports, or extracurricular activities to get tested every two weeks through the end of the school year. While it is not a requirement, health officials say regular testing complements other safety measures already in place, such as masking and social distancing.”

There are several local testing locations that provide testing for asymptomatic individuals.  The locations listed below do require an appointment and/or pre-registration.

In St. Peter:

Hy-Vee Pharmacy

1002 Old Minnesota Avenue

Testing hours:
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.

to make an appointment


In Mankato:

Hy-Vee Pharmacy

2010 Adams (Hilltop Location)

Tuesday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 9 a.m.; Saturday 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.

to make an appointment

*This Hy-Vee location also provides rapid antigen testing, available Monday- Friday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Make an appointment at the website above.


MDH Testing Site

Mankato – Former Gander Mountain Location (Near Hy-Vee Hilltop)

Monday, Tuesday, Friday – 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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