How do I get tested?
Welia Health now offers curbside testing for COVID-19, allowing you to get tested without leaving your car.
- Call 320.679.1313 or 320.629.7505 to request a COVID-19 test.
- If you are not an established Welia Health patient, you will need to schedule a virtual visit (either by phone or video) with a primary care provider prior to being scheduled for a test.
- Tests are available for those with or without symptoms.
- Tests are offered during the following hours:
- Mora: Monday–Friday | 8am–4pm
- Pine City: Monday–Friday | 8am–3:15pm
- Following your test, you are urged to isolate until you receive your results.
Whether you test positive or negative, a nurse from Welia Health will call to inform you of your results. This is typically 2-7 days from the date of your test. Your results will also be posted in your MyChart account. Nurses will call during the following days and times:
- Monday–Friday | 8am–4pm
- Saturday–Sunday | 8am-11am
If a nurse is unable to reach you, we will try again the next business day to reach you. Please feel free to call the clinic at 320.679.1313 during regular business hours, 7:30am to 5pm | Mon-Fri and 7:30am-1pm |Sat.
Please, do not call after hours.
Other testing options
In addition to curbside testing at Welia Health, additional options for COVID-19 testing include:
Who should be tested?
To slow the rate of COVID-19 transmission and prevent the healthcare system from being overwhelmed, Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) officials have issued testing recommendations on who needs to be tested, when to be tested, and which option may be best.
Anyone with symptoms should seek out testing immediately.
- Symptoms of COVID-19 include:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Fever or chills
- Body aches/muscle pain
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- nausea or vomiting
- Remember, stay home when you are sick, whether you seek testing or not. If you leave your home to get a test, wear a mask and stay six feet away from others.
- Community testing sites are best for people with mild symptoms. If you have moderate to severe symptoms, call your doctor or healthcare provider, go to the nearest emergency department, or dial 9-1-1.
Anyone who was exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 should get tested.
- It is best to get tested at least a full five days after the last time you were close to the person with COVID-19.
- You will need to stay home for 14 days after your last contact with the person who has COVID-19, whether you have symptoms or not. Even with a negative result AND no symptoms, you must still quarantine for 14 days. Learn more about how to navigate exposure and quarantining guidelines.
- The COVID-19 Test at Home program may be your best option for getting tested, particularly if you learn about exposure early in the 14-day window.
- If you would prefer to visit a Community Testing Site, make an appointment. If the site nearest you has no available appointments on the day you are looking to get tested, either look at a later date or try finding a testing location a little farther away.
Having available testing is part of solution to slow the spread of COVID-19, because contacts can be traced, and self-isolation or quarantine can be started sooner.