Screening and testing

Because COVID-19 has similar symptoms to flu, strep and other illnesses, the first step to testing is an evaluation at a virtual or in-person visit.

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Confirm you have one or more COVID symptoms or have had an exposure

If you don't have COVID-19 symptoms or aren't sure if you were exposed, but still want a test, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) partner with communities to offer COVID-19 testing.


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Talk to a provider about your situation

To qualify for a COVID-19 test, we recommend Everyday Online for most patients, because you can get evaluated quickly from your home. On the other hand, the benefit of choosing an in-person option is you can often get a COVID-19 test at the same visit, if you qualify.

View COVID-19 evaluation options.


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Get tested

If you qualify, your provider can help you schedule a time to get tested for COVID-19.


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Get your results

The fastest way to see your test results is through your Allina Health account. This free online account makes it easier than ever to review your results and communicate with your clinic, hospital and provider. Sign up for an account to learn about all of the benefits of an Allina Health account.

We take every effort to get results processed as soon as possible, but it may take up to a week to receive your test results.

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How can I get COVID-19 antibody testing?

A COVID-19 antibody test has recently been approved by the FDA and Allina Health Laboratory Services.

Allina Health now offers COVID-19 antibody (serology) testing for inpatients who meet certain guidelines. In addition, antibody testing in the clinic setting may also be considered for patients who:

  • have symptoms of COVID-19 that began more than 14 days ago and:
    • had a past negative COVID-19 test result
    • have never had a COVID-19 test 

If you think you meet the criteria above, your next step is to schedule a virtual visit with your provider, who will decide whether you are a good candidate for antibody testing and who can explain your test results after they come in.

Results from the COVID-19 antibody test can help determine whether your symptoms are due to COVID-19, but cannot tell if you are immune to COVID-19.

Learn more about antibody testing on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s antibody testing page.

COVID-19 testing and treatment costs

Allina Health is not collecting copays and deductibles for diagnostic COVID-19 tests. However, copays and deductibles may apply to the charge for your pre-test appointment.

Many employers and health insurers are required to pay for diagnostic COVID-19 testing. You are encouraged to contact your insurance company for specific out-of-pocket cost questions and additional charges that could be incurred at the time of service. Patients will not be charged a fee for a COVID-19 test if they are uninsured and unable to pay

To learn more about COVID-19 testing, related billing and more; visit our COVID-19 frequently asked questions page.