COVID-19 Testing and Test Kits

Free COVID-19 tests for at-home use are available at all First District locations.  In Minot, tests will be available at our main office, 801 11th Ave SW from 8:30 – 4:00, Monday through Friday.  Enter through Door B.  In all other office locations, call ahead for availability.  For testing kits and testing locations across the state, visit


COVID testing is no longer done at the Minot office.  Observed rapid antigen testing is still available by appointment at other First District offices. People with COVID-19 symptoms should see their medical provider or use an at-home test to determine their status.  At-home test kits are also recommended for close contacts to positive cases.


There are several options available in Minot and the surrounding area for people who need testing for travel.  Some of those options are listed here for your convenience.  Information is subject to change without notice.


Velva Drug – 701-338-2977

  • Monday thru Friday 9:00 – 6:00, preferably by appointment (occasionally on weekends)
  • Rapid antigen testing for travelers only – not people with symptoms
  • $50.00


Minot Health Clinic 

  • Monday thru Friday – must schedule online here
  • Rapid Antigen $50, Rapid PCR $150.00


Trinity Hospital- 857-7817 – press 0

  • Monday thru Friday 1:00 -2:45 by appointment only
  • Rapid Antigen testing for travelers only – not symptomatic or close contacts
  • $75

Testing for Travel – Special Considerations

1. You MUST visit the NDDOH Travel page to request a detailed copy of your results. This should be done as soon as possible after testing. The initial text or email notification indicates whether the test is positive or negative, but does not contain enough information for travel.


2. The test administered is the PCR molecular test, and meets the travel requirements for most destinations.


3. If you are required to be tested within 72 hours of airline travel, keep in mind the clock starts ticking when the sample is collected. Be sure you understand the details of the requirements of the country you are traveling to. Test results are slower over the weekend, and it’s not possible to guarantee results from a Friday test will be received in time for a Monday flight, so you may want to try to book your ticket for later in the week.


4. The NDDOH Travel page, Are you about to travel?, has other important information about testing for travel.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the cost of the test?
The testing is completely free for anyone, regardless of residency or citizenship.


2. Can children be tested at this location?
Yes, cooperative children can be tested.


3. Who can be tested?
Anyone can be tested, as long as they are preregistered. We do symptomatic, asymptomatic, travel-related, work-required, and other testing, regardless of residency or citizenship.


4. Can I get a rapid test?
First District Health Unit only offers the PCR test, which must be sent to the State Lab in Bismarck for processing and takes 48 – 72 hours. For rapid antigen testing, contact Trinity Health at (701) 857-7817.


5. Where can I get more information on my test results?
The State of North Dakota offers more information on COVID-19 test results.