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Winona Health changes COVID-19 walk-in testing site hours

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WINONA, MN. (WXOW) - Winona Health is updating its walk-in COVID-19 testing site hours.

The testing site will now be open from 11 AM until 3 PM.

There is no appointment needed and Winona Health says the process is simple, "There could be a little bit of a wait, but other than that it's really easy. We have done everything to just make it as simple as possible so our public can come in get tested and go out," said Chief Operating Officer for Specialty Services Sara Gabrick.

The Winona Health COVID-19 testing site is on the first floor of the Parkview Office Building located at 825 Mankato Avenue, which is on the north end of the Winona Health campus.

Winona Health recommends patients dress appropriately for the weather as lines can extend out of the building.

FAQs about COVID-19 Testing

Can I get tested for COVID-19 at Winona Health?
- Yes. At this time, anyone can get tested at Winona Health during COVID-19 testing hours in the Parkview Office Building, Monday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Where should I go to get tested?
- COVID-19 testing is on the first floor of the Parkview Office Building on the north end of the Winona Health Campus, 825 Mankato Avenue. Those who would like to be tested outside the hours noted above will be directed to see an Urgent Care provider on the first floor of the Winona Clinic.

When should I get tested?
- If you have COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, or loss of taste/smell)
At least 5 days after a known COVID-19 exposure.
Anytime you develop symptoms.

What is the charge for testing (i.e. how much does it cost)?
The charge for COVID testing (the swab test) is $184.

For those who have insurance:
Insurance is billed for this testing. To find out how much your insurance will cover for this testing, please call you insurance carrier and they can tell you that information.
For those with NO insurance:

There are grant dollars available that cover the testing charges. Winona Health automatically applies those grant dollars to COVID-19 testing for uninsured patients, so no billing occurs in this situation.

What should I consider when deciding whether to get tested?
- COVID-19 can develop any time 2 - 14 days of the date of an exposure. It is best to wait at least 5 days after a COVID-19 exposure to be tested, unless you have symptoms of COVID-19.
If you get tested and your test comes back negative and you are still worried you might have been exposed, you can consider getting tested again at least 14 days after your initial COVID-19 exposure, even if you do not feel sick.

What should I do if I have questions about COVID-19 testing that aren’t answered above?
- If you have questions that aren’t covered above, contact the COVID nurse line at 507-457-7619. This nurse line is operational Monday - Friday from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays 8 a.m. -5 p.m. If the nurse line is busy, you can leave a message and receive a call back during nurse line hours. For updates related to COVID-19 including easy access to state and national resources, visit www.winonahealth.org.

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