COVID-19 Testing

Some insurance carriers have agreed to waive cost-sharing for in network visits associated with the COVID-19 test – it is important to check with your health insurance to find out what will be covered and what is in network.

If you have questions about your health insurance coverage call your insurance company prior to getting tested.

In-Person Testing Sites

Essentia - All Locations

Contact Info: 218-829-2861
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Cuyuna Regional Medical Center

320 East Main Street
Crosby, MN 56441
Contact Info: 218-546-7000


340 West Washington Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
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At Home Testing Options

To order a test, visit:

Order your free at-home rapid test


COVID-19 Test at Home

When you are ready to take the test, you will log onto a website and do a video visit with a health care provider so they can give you instructions and make sure you do the test the right way. You then send the test to the lab in Oakdale, Minnesota, using the prepaid package. Once it arrives at the lab, you will get your test results by email as soon as 24-48 hours.

The saliva test is just as accurate as the nasal swab test and is also used at in-person COVID19 community saliva testing locations across the state.

  • The saliva tests checks whether you have COVID-19 right now and can spread it to others. It is not an antibody test that looks for whether you have had COVID-19 in the past.
  • Both adults and children can use these tests. An adult 18 or older must request a test for a child.
  • Saliva testing may not be right for those with low saliva production, such as children under age 4 or someone who has suffered a stroke.