Free COVID-19 testing planned for Aberdeen, Watertown, Mobridge

PIERRE, S.D. (By American News staff reports) – The South Dakota Department of Health, in partnership with the South Dakota National Guard, Office of Emergency Management and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will provide free drive-thru COVID-19 testing in 10 South Dakota communities in the next two weeks.

The sites include Aberdeen, Watertown and Mobirdge.

The events are open to the public, according to a news release. Testing is available in:

Aberdeen: Nov. 12 and 13 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Nov. 14 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Brown County Fairgrounds, 400 24th Ave. N.W.

Watertown: From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 15 and 16 at the National Guard Armory, 1951 N. State Highway 20.

Mobirdge: Nov. 11 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the National Guard Armory, 1213 Lake Front Drive.

Pre-registration is required to secure a testing time. Register online at After registering, individuals will receive an appointment and a test voucher that must be printed and taken to the testing site. People without appointments will only be tested if time slots are not full.

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 will be delivered within three to five 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 lab results.

While awaiting results, individuals who are tested should follow CDC guidelines.

Testing will also be offered in Chamberlain, Custer, Madison, Martin, Pierre, Spearfish and Yankton.