COVID-19 Testing

How can I get a COVID-19 Test?

If you're worried you have COVID-19 or have been around someone who has it - we can help you get tested.

Whether you're a new or current patient at Essentia Health, follow these steps to schedule your COVID-19 test. 

Symptoms of COVID-19 More Information may appear 2-14 days after exposure.

Do you have MyChart/MyHealth?

Yes, I use MyChart/MyHealth

MyChart/MyHealth is the easiest way to schedule a COVID-19 test.

It's also the fastest way to get your results, as we automatically publish results first to your MyChart/MyHealth account.

Here's what you'll need to do:

  1. Login to MyChart/MyHealth
  2. Once logged in:
    • Desktop or Laptop:
      Select "Schedule a COVID Test" from the "COVID-19 Alert" banner
    • MyChart Mobile App:
      Select "Symptom Checker"
  3. Complete the "Symptom Checker"

No, I do not use MyChart/MyHealth

If you don't have a MyChart/MyHealth account, you can still get tested. You will need to have a provider schedule your test for you by completing an E-visit.

Getting your results may take a little longer, as we automatically publish results first to MyChart/MyHealth. If you'd like to get your COVID test and results quicker, sign-up for a MyChart/MyHealth account now.

If you're not using MyChart/MyHealth, here's what you'll need to do:

  1. Start an E-Visit
  2. Select "Start Screening Now" button from the "Here for COVID-19 concerns?" banner
  3. After completing the E-Visit a provider will schedule your test
  4. For quick access to test results, set up a MyChart/MyHealth account

Testing

After completing your MyChart/MyHealth questionnaire you will be able to schedule a test at one of our testing sites.

If you're not using MyChart/MyHealth you will select the test site you'd like to go to after completing your E-visit.

When you arrive at the test site, call the registration number posted on signage to complete your check-in. Testing for COVID-19 could incur a charge. Check with your insurance for coverage.

Test Results and Care Instructions

At the time of your test, you will receive self-quarantine and care instructions. Test results are posted in your MyChart/MyHealth account within 5 days. Please do not call your provider’s office as they will not be able to get you your results.

Don’t have a MyChart/MyHealth account? Request an account to ensure you’ll be able to access your results.

Learn more about MyChart/MyHealth

Severe COVID-19 Symptoms

Seek care immediately or call 911 for anyone experiencing:

  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face
  • Worsening shortness of breath
  • Severe weakness

Wear a mask if possible and let the emergency team know your care may be COVID-19 related.