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Home > COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates > COVID-19 Testing
If you're worried you have COVID-19 or have been around someone who has it - we can help you get tested.
Patients who schedule a COVID-19 test at one of our clinics will likely receive a kit to perform their own test, which may be unsupervised. This is for patients who want a test only and are not scheduling a routine visit with their health care provider. Patients concerned about symptoms should still seek an in-person appointment with a primary care provider, or at an urgent care or walk-in care location. Patients can also consult with a provider virtually through an E-Visit or Video Visit On Demand.
Whether you're a new or current patient at Essentia Health, follow these steps to schedule your COVID-19 test.
Note: Essentia employees needing a test for workability reasons must use MyChart to schedule a test.
Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
MyChart 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 account.
Here's what you'll need to do:
If you don't have a MyChart account, you can still get tested by completing an E-Visit.
Getting your results may take a little longer, as we automatically publish results first to MyChart. If you'd like to get your COVID test and results quicker, sign-up for a MyChart account now.
If you're not using MyChart, here's what you'll need to do:
If you cannot use MyChart or an E-Visit, call your local clinic. Due to high call volumes, wait times may be longer than normal.
In MyChart you will be able to schedule a test at one of our clinic sites.
If you're not using MyChart you will select the test site you'd like to go to after completing your E-visit.
When you arrive at the clinic site you will be screened and told where to go for registration. Masks are required at all our clinic locations. Testing for COVID-19 could incur a charge. Check with your insurance for coverage.
At the time of your test, you will receive self-quarantine and care instructions. Test results are posted in your MyChart account typically within 5 days. Times will vary based on demand. This is the fastest way to get your results, as opposed to calling your provider’s office.
Don’t have a MyChart account? Request an account to ensure you’ll be able to access your results.
Learn more about MyChart
Demand for COVID-19 testing is high. If you don’t need a test for medical care reasons, you may wish to seek state or county COVID-19 testing options. View these state department of health websites to learn more: Minnesota, North Dakota or Wisconsin.
Essentia Health offers a treatment for people at high risk for severe complications from COVID-19 who are diagnosed with mild-to-moderate COVID-19 and meeting high-risk criteria. It is also now authorized as a preventive treatment following a close-contact COVID-19 exposure for people meeting high-risk criteria who are unvaccinated, those who may be fully vaccinated but immunocompromised or immunosuppressed, or for those at high risk of exposure in an institutional setting.
Learn more about monoclonal antibody treatment and eligibility to receive this treatment.
Seek care immediately or call 911 for anyone experiencing:
Wear a mask if possible and let the emergency team know your care may be COVID-19 related.