Essentia Health has launched a new feature making it easier and more convenient to schedule a COVID-19 test.

Patient-initiated testing, which means a patient can determine for themselves that they want to be tested for COVID-19, can be accessed through the COVID Testing icon in MyChart/MyHealth on any smart device.

MyChart/MyHealth is a secure web-based or mobile application tool that provides convenient, 24/7 access to an individual’s personal health. It allows patients to communicate with their care team, access portions of their medical records and more.

Patients must have a MyChart/MyHealth account to access patient-initiated testing. If you do not have a MyChart/MyHealth account, you can sign up at EssentiaHealth.org by clicking the MyHealth button in the upper right corner, by downloading the mobile app, MyChart, from your app store or ask for assistance at your next appointment.

Not only does MyChart/MyHealth make it easier to initiate a test, it also shows a patient’s results as soon as the test is done in the lab.

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For those who choose not to utilize MyChart/MyHealth, an E-Visit is another option to easily access a COVID-19 test.

During Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s holidays, there may be reduced testing hours due to holiday schedules. Appointment dates and times will be clearly stated in your testing request or E-Visit.

Remember, the best way to protect yourself and your community is to wear a mask when in public, frequently wash your hands, maintain a social distance of at least six feet, stay home when you are sick and avoid gatherings with those outside of your home.

For more information, visit EssentiaHealth.org.