With an uptick in COVID-19 cases, community members have many questions related to whether and when they should get tested. Here are answers to frequently asked questions. This information is also available at www.winonahealth.org.
FAQs about COVID-19 testing Can I get tested for COVID-19?
Yes. At this time, anyone may come in to get tested at Winona Health during COVID-19 testing hours (see below).
Where should I go to get tested?
Come to the Winona Clinic entrance on the Winona Health campus, 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona. You must wear a mask when entering the building and you will be screened (touchless temperature reading and simple question about symptoms). Testing locations are on the clinic first floor:
• Those who have symptoms will be tested in the Urgent Care clinic.
• Those who do NOT have symptoms will be tested in the Outpatient Laboratory.
When can I get tested?
COVID-19 testing is available in the clinic at Winona Health on Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
When should I get tested?
Testing is encouraged:
If you have COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, or loss of taste/smell).
Testing can be considered seven or more days after a known COVID-19 exposure or if you develop symptoms.
How will I get my test results?
The fastest way to get your results is to check your My Winona Health account. If you don’t already have a My Winona Health account, you may self-enroll to create your free, secure, personal account. More information is available at www.winonahealth.org/mywh.
Everyone will receive a call with their results. Generally, results are ready within two to four days; however, the turn-around time on receiving results from Mayo varies depending on factors such as volume of tests in progress. Call-backs for positive tests are given priority.
What is the charge for testing (i.e. how much does it cost)?
The charge for COVID testing (the swab test) is $184.
For those who have insurance:
• Insurance is billed for this testing. To find out how much your insurance will cover for this testing, please call you insurance carrier and they can tell you that information.
For those with NO insurance:
• There are grant dollars available that cover the testing charges. Winona Health automatically applies those grant dollars to COVID-19 testing for uninsured patients, so no billing occurs in this situation.
What should I consider when deciding whether to get tested?
COVID-19 can develop any time within 14 days of the date of an exposure. It is best to wait seven days or more after a COVID-19 exposure to be tested, unless you have symptoms of COVID-19.
If you get tested and your test comes back negative and you are still worried you might have been exposed, you may consider getting tested again at least 14 days after your initial COVID-19 exposure, even if you do not feel sick.
What should I do if I have questions about COVID-19 testing that aren’t answered above?
If you have questions that aren’t covered above, contact the COVID nurse line at 507-457-7619. This nurse line is operational on Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m., and on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. If the nurse line is busy, you may leave a message and receive a call back during nurse line hours.
For updates related to COVID-19 including easy access state and national resources, visit www.winonahealth.org.