COVID Community Saliva & Rapid Testing

Updated June 2022

In addition to saliva testing, rapid testing is also available at this site.

COVID Testing Schedule:
Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday-Monday, CLOSED

COVID testing is available at no cost at all Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) community testing sites.

Saliva tests may not be a good option for those with low saliva production, such as very young children or people who have suffered a stroke. Results are emailed to you 24-48 hours after taking the test.  Results may take longer during periods of high volume.

If you have questions about saliva testing, please email or call 800-800-5698.

Schedule a Testing Appointment

Paulucci Hall
Entrance D & F
350 Harbor Drive
Duluth, MN, 55802

The test site is located in Paulucci Hall via Entrance D & F. To access parking, please enter the East Parking Gate across from the William A Irvin Ore Carrier. Parking is FREE in the DECC lot or ramp to people accessing the test site.  When you arrive at the parking gate, let the attendant know that you are at the DECC for COVID testing.  There is no parking in the back of the DECC along Harbor Drive.

Best Time to Test
If you can, avoid the start of the day, lunchtime, and after work.  These are the busiest at the test site.
The best walk-in hours are during the after-lunch lull from 1:30 – 3:30.

What is the difference between the RAPID and SALIVA tests ?
The saliva method is a molecular test, also called a PCR test. It is the most sensitive test for COVID. While you might get a result within 24 hours, it can take two or more days to get the test results.
The rapid or antigen test at the DECC requires a self-administered nasal swab. Results are typically texted to you within approximately 1-3 hours of processing.

What to expect at the testing site

  • Wear a mask or face covering if you can.
  • Walk-ins are welcome, but it’s best to pre-register for an appointment and arrive on time (not earlier).
  • You can show either your confirmation email/text or tell staff your name, birthdate, and address.
  • Bring your insurance card if you have health insurance. The test will be 100% at no cost to you whether or not you have insurance. If you do, we may ask your insurance company to help pay for your test.
  • Each person getting tested will need to have their own email address and a phone number to receive your results

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