Published on June 18, 2021

Essentia Health moving COVID-19 testing to clinic setting

Starting Monday, June 21, Essentia Health will be conducting COVID-19 testing at our clinic locations instead of mobile testing sites.

This means Essentia Health’s Duluth testing site at the Miller Hill Mall will be closing at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 20. Patients who have a pre-procedure COVID-19 test already scheduled for after June 20 at the Miller Hill Mall will be notified that their test location has changed; they will be directed to a clinic. Patients do not need to reschedule themselves.

The testing site at our Virginia location will follow a similar course in moving to a clinic setting. Effective June 21, we will no longer conduct tests in the lower-level parking lot located at 1101 9th St N. Tests will still be conducted at this location, but inside the clinic instead. Patients with a pre-procedure test already scheduled will be notified that their test location has changed.

This streamlines Essentia’s ability to bring testing and vaccines together in one location, allowing for comprehensive and private COVID-19 care from your primary care provider. Moving testing directly into the neighborhoods where our patients live ensures increased access. 

Scheduling a pre-procedure COVID-19 test is required.

Symptomatic patients should contact their primary care provider for a test or go to urgent care. If you are symptomatic, we strongly encourage you to make an appointment when possible. As a reminder, per guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for health care facilities, masks are required in all of our buildings, even for those who have received a COVID-19 vaccine. Those who have been exposed to COVID-19 or need a test before traveling can schedule a test using the MyChart patient portal.

Our clinics are open Monday through Friday. Weekend testing will still be offered at our urgent care clinics in downtown Duluth, West Duluth, Superior and Virginia