ST. PAUL (LEARFIELD) – Beginning next week the Minnesota Department of Health will launch a four-week effort to provide increased access to “no barrier” testing.

The coronavirus tests will be free and available to anyone who wants one, whether they’re showing symptoms or not.

“This is in response to increased levels of community spread that we are seeing statewide,” said MDH Assistant Deputy Commissioner Dan Huff. “We are deeply concerned about the spike of cases in communities all over Minnesota.”

The first week of targeted testing will occur in Grand Rapids, Pine City, and Waseca.

Health officials will use testing data to identify cities and towns that are experiencing workplace clusters, are close to bordering states, or haven’t yet had larger-scale testing offered.