The South Dakota Department of Health, in partnership with the South Dakota National Guard and Office of Emergency Management, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will provide drive-thru COVID-19 testing in ten South Dakota communities over the next two weeks.
These events are open to the public and testing will come at no charge to the individual receiving the test. Testing will be offered in Aberdeen, Chamberlain, Custer, Madison, Martin, Mobridge, Pierre, Spearfish, Watertown and Yankton.
The list of dates and times when testing will be available in each community is posted on the State COVID-19 website. Pre-registration is required to secure a testing time. Register by going to the website www.DoINeedaCOVID19test.com.
Testing locations will use a self-administered nasal swab for specimen collection that allows individuals to swab their own nose, supervised by trained medical staff. Results are delivered within 3-5 business days. Individuals being tested will receive an email notification when results are available and can log on to the website to view and print laboratory results. While awaiting results, individuals who have been tested should follow CDC guidelines and take steps to help prevent the virus from spreading to people in their home and community.