Testing

How to get tested

MU has the ability to test any student or employee who requires it and return results within 24-48 hours. If you’re experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, stay home and contact your health care provider. Symptomatic individuals will be referred for testing.

Referrals are required to make sure patients are getting tested at the best time to catch evidence of the virus.

Tests are covered by insurance or free of charge if you don’t have insurance. Under the direction of Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services, the university’s contact tracing team will guide isolation plans and will identify and assist close contacts of those who test positive.

 

There are a few ways to access testing at Mizzou:

MU Students:

  • MU students should call the Student Health Center at 573-882-7481
  • Once a student has a provider’s order to be tested, they can go to the Student Health Center
    to be tested. This testing site is for students only.
  • Hours:
    • 8 a.m.– 5 p.m. Monday–Friday
    • Closed: Saturday and Sundays

Employees and other community members:

  • If a patient of MU Health Care, call your primary care provider’s office.
  • If not a patient of MU Health Care, visit Mizzou Quick Care or Mizzou Urgent Care.
  • Anyone with questions about how to access COVID-19 testing may contact MU Health Care’s call center at

Test result notification:

When to get tested

If you have symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.

The CDC recommends that anyone with any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 get tested, regardless of vaccination status or prior infection.

  • Stay home and restrict your activities with others until you receive your test results.

Testing following exposure

  • Fully vaccinated individuals with no COVID-19 symptoms do not need to be tested following exposure to someone with COVID-19.
  • People who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 3 months and recovered do not need to get tested following an exposure as long as they do not develop new symptoms.
  • You are considered a close contact if you have been within 6 feet for a cumulative 15 minutes in a 24 hour period (with or without a face covering) of someone with COVID-19.
  • If you are asymptomatic but are unvaccinated and have been a close contact of someone diagnosed with COVID-19, follow the guidance of your health provider.

If you test positive:

Stay home and monitor your health. People who test positive, regardless of vaccination status, should stay home and at least 6 feet away from others, even those who share their residence, for at least 10 days. The case investigator will provide the release from isolation date.

  • If you are an employee, notify your supervisor. Your supervisor will then report the necessary information to Human Resources through the COVID-19 Tracking Form.
  • If you are a student, you are required to self-report your positive result within 4 hours.
  • Begin making a list of your close contacts, which helps case investigators notify your contacts quickly, so they reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. Individuals in your home as well as people who were within 6 feet of you for a cumulative 15 minutes in a 24 hour period (with or without a face covering) are considered to be close contacts.
  • During your isolation, you should restrict activities. This means staying home and remaining at least 6 feet away from others. Instead, arrange for food, prescriptions and other necessities to be delivered and left at your door.

If you test negative after exposure:

People who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 — excluding individuals who have had COVID-19 within the past 3 months or who are fully vaccinated — still need to finish quarantine, even after a negative test.

The full 14-day quarantine is the best way to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and is still the safest option. Options for reducing your quarantine period may be available in the event you test negative and experience no symptoms. Follow the quarantine guidance provided by a public health official or your health care provider.

  • It is important you continue to monitor for symptoms and wear a mask regularly, because symptoms can still occur in individuals up to 14 days after exposure to a positive person.

Mental health and wellness resources

While isolating and quarantining, you may be having a lot of reactions and feelings, all of which are valid and important. Remember, Mizzou is here to help with a variety of mental health and wellness resources.

For more information and guidance visit: