Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare and Carris Health care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to helps us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

CentraCare & Carris Health Offering Curbside Collection for Patients With Appointments

Published in News

Author: Staff

Due to an increase in available testing, CentraCare and Carris Health facilities will once again be able to offer curbside collection for COVID-19 testing. Appointments are required and must be scheduled through the Carris Health Nurse Line, CentraCare Connect or through a CentraCare eClinic visit.

If you are experiencing fever, cough, shortness of breath, or had a potential exposure to a person with COVID-19, please call and you will be directed to the correct course of care.

  • Carris Health - Willmar Nurse Line: 320-441-5361, Monday – Friday, 7am-7pm , Saturday – Sunday, 9am-2pm
  • Carris Health – Redwood Nurse Line: 507-637-1730, Monday – Friday, 8am-5pm
  • CentraCare Connect: 24/7, speak with a nurse

When a patient arrives at the curbside collection site, a specimen will be collected via nasal or oral swab. After collection, the sample will be tested for coronavirus and the patient will be contacted with test results.

All patients must be screened to determine if they are a candidate for COVID-19 testing. High risk groups defined by MDH will remain a priority for testing. Testing is not available to those without symptoms of respiratory illness. Once it is determined if someone meets the criteria for testing, the patient will be directed to the most convenient curbside collection location.

Locations for curbside collection include:

  • CentraCare – Becker Clinic
  • CentraCare – Long Prairie
  • CentraCare – Melrose
  • CentraCare – Monticello
  • CentraCare – Paynesville
  • CentraCare – River Campus Clinic (St. Cloud)
  • CentraCare – Sauk Centre
  • Carris Health – Redwood Clinic
  • Carris Health – Willmar Main Clinic

Hours will vary at each location. Curbside collection allows community members with symptoms to be screened while remaining in their car and limiting exposure to other individuals.

Again, an appointment is required in order to be screened at a curbside location and anyone who arrives without an appointment will not be tested.

The Minnesota Department of Health has created a webpage to assist Minnesotans in finding a testing location. You can find it here: