CentraCare & Carris Health Offering Curbside Collection for Patients With Appointments

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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: https://mn.gov/covid19/for-minnesotans/if-sick/testing-locations/.