Help Us Fight Covid-19, Thank You For Caring – Video Transcript

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I need your help fighting COVID-19.

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SPEAKER 2: You might have COVID and not have symptoms. SPEAKER 3: Please wear a mask.

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SPEAKER 4: Love others by protecting them. Stay home. SPEAKER 5: We know you miss your friends and family. We do, too.

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SPEAKER 6: We can make a difference if we change our behavior. SPEAKER 7: The time is now to mask up, wash your hands, and stay home. SPEAKER 8: Avoid gatherings as much as possible. Be safe this holiday season.

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Text, Thank you for caring. The Essentia Health logo appears, consisting of three leaves in a circle. Text, Essentia Health.

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.

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 More Information may appear 2-14 days after exposure.

Do you have MyChart?

Yes, I use MyChart

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:

  1. Login to MyChart
  2. Once logged in select "Menu" from the tool bar
  3. Select "Symptom Checker (COVID Testing, Vaccine)"
  4. Complete the "Symptom Checker"

No, I do not use MyChart

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:

  1. Start a Respiratory Infection E-Visit
  2. After completing the E-Visit you will receive instructions by email. The email will have a ZipTicket that will need activation. Part of the activation process allows you to choose the location for your COVID test.
  3. For quick access to test results, set up a MyChart account. If you do not have a MyChart account, you will receive a phone call with your test results only if they are positive.

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.

Testing

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.

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 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.

Monoclonal Antibody Treatment for Positive Test Results

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.

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.

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