Yes, we are currently conducting diagnostic testing for adults and children at eight drive-up testing sites across the Twin Cities including at Vibrant Health in River Falls. In Minnesota, Wisconsin, and nationwide, tests and supplies are limited. We are working to expand our testing capacity. To be tested at this time, you must exhibit COVID-19 symptoms as follows:
Any of the following:
• Fever of 100+
• Difficulty breathing
• Significant, unexplained muscle ache
Or two or more of the following:
• Loss of taste or smell
• Chest pain
• Sore throat
• Sudden chills
• Known exposure to a confirmed COVD-19 patient
Any of the following:
• Fever of 100+
• Acute respiratory issues
• Unexplained gastrointestinal issues
• Excessive fatigue or muscle ache
Select groups may qualify for testing without showing COVID-19 symptoms. This includes M Health Fairview patients scheduled for surgical procedures. Patients scheduled for surgery should follow the guidelines for testing set by the location where the surgery will be performed.
How can I be evaluated for possible diagnostic testing?
If you are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, please call your clinic to schedule a virtual appointment. Our care team will evaluate your symptoms and provide a care plan.
If you or a member of your family is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and is having difficulty breathing, please contact a medical provider. Other emergency warning signs can include persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, and bluish lips or face. Learn more about COVID-19 symptoms and when to seek help.
How does the diagnostic testing process work?
Qualifying patients who have already been evaluated by our virtual care team will be scheduled for an appointment at our drive-up test collection center. Collection involves swabbing deep inside the nose. If this method is not possible, swabbing may be done in the mid-nose or throat. People who test negative will receive their results via phone call during routine clinic hours in three to seven days. People with positive results will receive a phone call from our care team as soon as we receive the result, which can take three to seven days.
Will my insurance cover COVID-19 diagnostic testing?
If you need COVID-19 testing, many health plans are covering out-of-pocket patient costs. Please check with your insurer to understand your potential out-of-pocket costs according to your plan benefits.
What happens if I test positive?
Most people with COVID-19 experience a mild illness and will recover at home, and our care team can guide you online or by phone. A smaller number of people with more severe illness may need additional medical support or hospital care.
If you test positive, follow the care instructions you receive from our team. Your information will also be submitted to the local health department for follow up. Plan to self-quarantine until all of the following have occurred:
• At least 10 days have passed since the onset of your symptoms
• Your fever has subsided for at least three days (72 hours) without the use of fever-reducing medications
• Other symptoms have improved or ended
Serologic (Antibody) Testing
Should I consider antibody testing? What do results indicate?
You should consider this testing if you need to know whether you have been exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. This may include people who had symptoms and were unable to undergo diagnostic testing at the time that they were sick. It may also include people who have not been sick since the COVID-19 outbreak began but are concerned that they have been exposed. Keep in mind that antibodies to viruses don’t develop for at least two weeks after the initial exposure or infection. In some people, antibodies don’t develop at all.
The results of a COVID-19 antibody test can help people understand whether they have been infected. It is not yet known whether those with antibodies to the virus causing COVID-19 are immune to future infection from it. Therefore, the results of antibody testing should not change behavior around social distancing and other strategies designed to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
When should I seek antibody testing instead of diagnostic testing?
Only the diagnostic test – not the antibody test – can identify an active COVID-19 infection, so anyone with current COVID-19 symptoms should seek diagnostic testing. (See above for details.) People can consider antibody testing to understand if they may have been exposed to or infected with COVID-19 in the past, as long as the exposure or infection happened more than 14 days ago.
We do not yet know whether the presence of antibodies is associated with a reduced risk of future COVID-19 infection. No matter your antibody testing results, you should still practice social distancing and other preventive measures to reduce COVID-19 spread.
Given the limits of antibody testing, why is M Health Fairview developing capacity for it?
Antibody testing can yield important public health information about COVID-19 transmission through a large group of people. This information can, in turn, help M Health Fairview and the Minnesota and Wisconsin Departments of Health develop better protections to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Who can receive an antibody test?
Any Vibrant Health can be considered for antibody testing by contacting their clinic and leaving a message with the message center. Key information includes when you suspect your were ill, and how long you have been without symptoms. Those with certain symptoms will be evaluated for diagnostic testing rather than antibody testing. Those approved for antibody testing who have had certain exposure will receive scheduling prioritization.
How does the testing process work?
After initial screening, our care team will call qualifying patients to schedule a blood draw at one or our Vibrant Health clinics. Results are communicated via patient portal in one to three days or via U.S. Mail in seven to 10 days.