New COVID-19 Free Community Testing Sites
Governor Tim Walz on May 13, 2021 announced the end of Minnesota’s statewide mask requirement, aligning Minnesota with new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance on face coverings. Minnesotans who are not fully vaccinated are strongly recommended to wear face coverings indoors.
Private businesses and local municipalities may still put in place face covering requirements. And Minnesota’s Safe Learning Plan, along with the existing face covering guidance for schools and child care settings, remain in effect.
City Facility Status
All City facilities are now open to the public.
Find Local COVID-19 Testing Locations
If you have questions about your health insurance coverage call your insurance company prior to getting tested.
What should I know before I go?
Testing sites are designed to keep you and health care workers safe. Sometimes you may stay in your car. Other sites will screen you before you come indoors. Many sites will require an appointment before you arrive in order to ensure they’ve collected your contact and insurance information. Please review directions specific to each site before you go.
COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program through MN Housing: The COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program provides housing assistance payments to help prevent eviction, prevent homelessness, and maintain housing stability for eligible renters and homeowners. Local administrators will review applications from individuals and families requesting assistance, verify eligibility, and process payments for eligible expenses on behalf of households. The 211 helpline has dedicated multilingual staff to help answer questions, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday.
- COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program - English (PDF)
- COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program - Spanish (PDF)
COVID-19 Eviction Prevention Resources: Dakota County residents who are experiencing a short-term financial hardship with an eviction or utility shut-off can take action via several resources to apply for financial assistance. Services and programs are changing rapidly, please contact agencies directly to determine the availability of individual programs.
Dakota County Resources
- Grants available for veterans impacted by COVID-19 - for lost wages and to cover expenses (PDF): Veterans in Dakota County who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for grant programs offered by the Minnesota Department of Veteran Affairs.
- Dakota County extends protective equipment donation drive (PDF): Dakota County residents and businesses can continue helping first responders and medical workers during the COVID-19 pandemic by donating personal protection equipment such as masks, gloves and other items at sites across the county.
Dakota County is expanding its COVID-19 hotline to connect residents to a range of local resources during the pandemic.
Beginning Monday, April 20, public health nurses answering the hotline will assist callers seeking help in Dakota County for housing, financial support, physical and mental health and other issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The county’s COVID-19 hotline number is 952-891-7834. It is open Monday–Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Language interpreters are available.
Community resource information is also available on the county’s website. Visit dakotacounty.us.
The Minnesota Department of Health also has COVID-19 hotlines available daily.
- School and child care questions: 651-297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504
- Health questions: 651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-390