Both Essentia Health and St. Luke's on Monday announced increased use of video visits, also known as telehealth, to provide more safety against COVID-19.

A St. Luke's news release noted that anyone who has a device with a camera and an internet connection can connect with a provider. It can be used for minor health concerns, illnesses, chronic care management and preventative care, but in some cases an in-person exam is still necessary. Telehealth appointments can be scheduled by contacting one's clinic.

Essentia has fast-tracked "virtual visit technology" that was scheduled to be introduced later this spring, according to a news release. Essentia patients can schedule a video visit through their regular clinic's appointment, through the MyHealth website or via the MyChart app.

Patients who don't yet have a MyHealth account can sign up at EssentiaHealth.org. They'll also need Zoom, which can be downloaded through your app store or the zoom.us website.

More information is available at essentiahealth.org/virtualvisit.

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