COVID-19 Resource Hub
Please note: COVID-19 vaccine appointments are available at this time. We expect these appointments to fill quickly.
Testing Information and Locations
There are two kinds of COVID-19 testing – diagnostic (also called PCR or viral) and antibody (serologic) testing. The diagnostic test uses a sample from your nose or throat and tells us if someone has the virus at the time of the test. The antibody test uses a blood test and tells us if someone’s immune system has fought the virus already. If so, it’s a sign that they had the virus in the past.
Frequently Asked Questions
COVID-19 is a viral respiratory illness caused by a newly identified coronavirus discovered in China in late 2019. This new virus is known as the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). It comes from the coronavirus family, a large group of viruses. While some coronaviruses cause illnesses in people, others only circulate among animals. The virus causing COVID-19 may have emerged from an animal source, and it is now able to spread from person to person. Learn more.
COVID-19 causes a respiratory illness that can range from mild to severe. The most common symptoms are fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Some people may experience muscle aches, headaches, a sore throat, or diarrhea. Symptoms appear two to 14 days after exposure to the virus. Generally, symptoms are less severe in children than adults. Learn more.
Most people with COVID-19 experience a mild illness and will recover at home, and our care team can guide you online or by phone. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please use MyChart to complete a COVID-19 assessment. Our care team will evaluate your symptoms and provide you with a care plan.
Due to the spread of COVID-19 in Minnesota, we have taken additional steps to ensure the health of our patients. This includes enhanced visitor restrictions, masking requirements, and COVID-19 screening at all M Health Fairview locations. Please review our visitor restrictions before visiting one of our facilities. Learn more.
Looking for opportunities to support our frontline workers and families during the pandemic? We’re all in this together, and with your generous assistance our doctors, nurses, and care teams have been able to focus on fighting the disease and saving lives. Learn how you can get involved.