Published on April 30, 2020

Essentia Health-Fosston offers drive-thru COVID-19 testing

Essentia Health-Fosston has opened a COVID-19 drive-thru test collection site in the clinic parking lot under the main entrance awning at 900 Hilligoss Boulevard, Fosston.

If you have a known exposure to or are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 including fever, cough or shortness of breath, you are asked to start an E-visit at or call our hotline at (833) 494-0836. An Essentia Health provider will evaluate your symptoms and, if necessary, refer you for a test. If a test is ordered, you will receive a ticket number and be directed to the drive-thru location for specimen collection. You cannot drive to this testing location without a ticket number ordering a test.

Once at the drive-thru location, patients will remain in their vehicles and simply roll down their window for the nurse collecting the test specimen.

Essentia Health is waiving the fee for E-visits related to COVID-19 screening and this visit is available for everyone, you don’t have to be an established Essentia Health patient. Also, patients won’t be billed for COVID-19 testing costs. This includes balances after insurance is billed, such as co-pays or deductibles. It also includes uninsured patients.

“We are extremely pleased to be offering this level of COVID-19 testing in the Fosston community and for patients around the area. We understand that when you are not feeling well, it’s even more important to be able to get necessary care and testing close to home. Thank you for continuing to trust Essentia Health with your healthcare needs,” says Kevin Gish, Essentia Health-Fosston administrator.

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