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COVID-19 Testing

Who can be tested?

  • Those with symptoms consistent with COVID-19
  • People with known exposure to someone who tested positive
  • Individuals who need testing before a procedure or in coordination with health care

Retesting following a COVID positive test

Testing for COVID is not generally recommended for patients without symptoms who have previously tested positive within the past 90 days. There may be a few exceptions. Discuss with your health care provider.

How do I schedule a COVID-19 test?

Online scheduling is available for testing locations in Waite Park, Becker, Long Prairie, Melrose, Monticello and Paynesville.

For appointments in Albany and Sauk Centre, please call 320-200-3200.

Where can I talk to someone about my symptoms or find care options?

Visit CentraCare eClinic or call 320-200-3200 to speak with a nurse.

How long does it take to get results?

Although results are typically available within 72 hours, it may take up to 7 days to get results from your COVID-19 test. Patients who sign up and use MyChart, which provides online access to your medical records, will receive their results sooner.

If you have a MyChart account you will receive results there first. If your test result is positive, you will receive a phone call from a health care provider or public health representative. In addition to MyChart, negative results will be sent to you by mail.

How much does it cost to have a COVID-19 diagnostic test?

The charge for a COVID-19 diagnostic test at CentraCare is $115.50, however most patients will not pay out of pocket for testing. Under the CARES Act, health plans cannot assess a cost share for their members, and CentraCare is not collecting copays for these tests. Uninsured patients will not be responsible for the cost of the COVID diagnostic testing either.