Knowing when to seek a COVID-19 test, and where to get tested in Central Minnesota will play a large part in combating the coronavirus.

According to the Minnesota Department of Health, the process begins with knowing the symptoms of COVID-19. According to the CDC, patients with confirmed COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of cough and shortness of breath. Additional symptoms of COVID-19 can include fever, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, or loss of taste or smell. Not everyone with COVID-19 has all of these symptoms, and some people may not have any symptoms.

The Minnesota Department of Health has created a Self-Screening Tool to help determine if you should be tested for COVID-19.

Where To Get Tested in Central Minnesota

CentraCare Clinic River Campus
1200 6th Ave N
Saint Cloud, MN 56303

Williams Integracare Clinic
100 2nd St S
Sartell, MN 56377

CentraCare Melrose
525 Main St W
Melrose, MN 56352

St. Gabriel's Health
815 2nd St SE
Little Falls, MN 56345

Mille Lacs Health System Onamia Campus
200 Elm St N
Onamia, MN 56359

Becker Clinic
12800 Rolling Ridge Rd
Becker, MN 55308

What To Do If You Are Sick

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should:

  • Stay home.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes.
  • Avoid sharing personal household items like dishes, towels, bedding, etc.
  • Clean surfaces that you touch often.

When To Seek Medical Attention

If your illness is getting worse or you notice any of these emergency warning signs, call your health care provider right away. Emergency warning signs can include:

  • Trouble breathing.
  • Ongoing pain or pressure in the chest.
  • New confusion or not being able to wake up.
  • Bluish lips or face.

Call your doctor or clinic before going in. Tell them about your symptoms and they will give you instructions to help protect you and other patients.

Learn More

Learn more about COVID-19 from the Minnesota Department of Health.

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