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Covid 19 Frequently Asked Questions

Tips for grocery shopping

Use sanitizing wipe on handle of shopping cart

Do not lick your finger to get produce bags open

Refrain from touching your mask, you may be inadvertently touching your face when you do this

Use hand sanitizer before and after shopping

Wipe things like cans down with cleaning wipe, wipe soda cans off with alcohol solution

Spread of COVID-19

COVID-19 is spread when an infected individual coughs, sneezes, spits, or otherwise produces respiratory droplets that are then inhaled or ingested by someone within about 6 of them. It is not airborne; meaning, COVID-19 does not hover in the air like an invisible fog (unless a medical procedure that specifically produces aerosols is being performed).

Masking

Wearing a mask will reduce the chance of transmission by containing all droplets that may otherwise have been produced into the environment, potentially close enough to infect someone else.

Testing

Testing is prioritized for symptomatic individuals in accordance with medical provider’s recommendations.

The Minnesota cases by county are a cumulative count. Those numbers do not fluctuate based on infected individual’s recovery from their illness.

“False positive” test results are not impossible; however, they are highly unlikely.

Test samples are not sitting at CDC waiting to be double-checked. There are no “presumptive” positives, all results reported are definitive.

Treatment

A positive test result does not mean the individual is automatically placed on a ventilator.

Having test results does not necessarily change the treatment. Results essentially provide us with how long an individual should quarantine.

COVID Testing Prices:

How much does a lab test for COVID-19 cost?
The diagnostic test costs $124. This is a test sent to our reference lab that utilizes reverse transcriptase-PCR and currently has a turn-around time of two business days.
The in-house test is the Abbott IDNOW COVID19 test and has a turn-around time of 30 minutes. This has a strict criteria for patients to qualify that is designed protect our most vulnerable populations. It utilizes isothermal amplification and costs $203.20.

An order is required by a practitioner.

This amount doesn’t reflect what your health insurance might be charged or your out-of-pocket costs. This information is subject to change and does not reflect additional charges that you could incur at the time of service.
Under the Cares Act, health insurers and employers must reimburse for all COVID-19 testing based on the price you see listed here unless they have already negotiated a rate or negotiate a new rate. Please contact your insurance company about your out-of-pocket expenses.
How much does an antibody test for COVID-19 cost?
The IgG antibody test costs $137.55 and utilizes the Abbott Architect SARS-CoV-2 IgG test performed with chemiluminescent microparticle immunoassay (CMIA). The antibody test is not used to diagnose a current infection with the COVID-19 virus but helps determine if you have had a previous infection.
An order is required by a practitioner.
This amount doesn’t reflect what your health insurance might be charged or your out-of-pocket expenses. This information is subject to change and does not reflect additional charges that you could incur at the time of service.
The antibody test is not used to diagnose a current infection with the COVID-19 virus but helps determine if you have had a previous infection.
Under the Cares Act, health insurers and employers must reimburse for all COVID-19 testing based on the price you see listed here unless they have already negotiated a rate or negotiate a new rate. Please contact your insurance company about your out-of-pocket expenses