Testing information

At Mizzou, our first priority is the health and safety of our Tiger community.

Effective testing and tracing strategies

Comprehensive education, testing and tracing strategies help ensure the health of our students, faculty and staff.

Testing information

Referrals are required to make sure patients are getting tested at the best time to catch evidence of the virus. And it only takes a phone call to do so. We have the resources to make sure that anyone who needs a test can get one quickly.

University employees should contact their health provider by phone.

All those seeking testing should have their health insurance information available. If you don’t have insurance, there is no charge.

If  students encounter any problems getting a referral or getting a test, please send an email to covidquestions@missouri.edu, use “Covid Test” in the subject line and describe the issue. You will be contacted by a member of the Care Team.

  • Students and employees: Call MU Health Care’s free nurse assessment line at 573-884-0948.
  • Students: Call the Student Health Center at 573-882-7481
    • Hours:
      • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday
      • 10 am. to 2 p.m. Saturday
      • For after hours, please use Muhealthvideovisits.org

Students and employees: Do a video visit at one of the links below. (These visits may cost up to $59, depending on insurance coverage.)

  • Mizzou Quick Care
    • Hours:
      • 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday
      • 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Once you have a provider’s order to be tested, you can go to one of the following locations:

On-campus walk-up (students only):

  • Parking Garage 7 (This garage is just south of the Student Health Center on the corner Hospital Drive and Monk Drive. The testing facility is located on the west side of the parking structure.)
    • Hours:
      • 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday–Friday
      • 1–3:30 p.m. Saturday
      • Closed Sundays

Drive-thru location (students and employees):

  • Mizzou North drive-thru testing site, 115 Business Loop 70 W
    • Hours:
      • 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday-Friday
      • 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Saturday
      • Closed Sundays

More than a snapshot:

Why isn’t Mizzou mass testing every student?

Our testing and tracing strategies have been developed by university medical and infectious disease experts, some of whom serve on Missouri’s statewide medical advisory team. Mizzou is well-equipped to quickly test those who exhibit symptoms but will not test mass asymptomatic individuals. Doing so provides only a snapshot of a quickly evolving situation, and a high rate of inaccurate tests can lead to risky behavior among those who abandon precautions. Instead, a community that assumes everyone could be positive, along with quick testing for those with symptoms, aggressive contact tracing and isolation strategies, will be the key tenets of Mizzou’s plan, which is supported by CDC and public health guidance.

Our best defense against COVID-19 is to alter the social behavior that spreads it

While mass testing identifies most of the individuals infected at the moment of testing, it cannot predict who will be infected tomorrow or the next day. The result may give people a false sense of security that they don’t have COVID-19, but they may just not yet be at the stage that they would test positive, which can be several days after exposure.

Our behavior is a far more powerful tool to curb the spread of the virus. It is the responsibility of each member of our community to support each other and follow the COVID-19 health protocols and expectations set by the university.

Strong testing capacity with quick results

MU has an ability to test any student who requires it and return results within 24-48 hours.  Individuals showing symptoms will be referred for testing by the Student Health Center or their provider. Under the direction of the Boone County health department, the university’s contact tracing team will guide isolation plans and will identify and assist close contacts of those who test positive.

How is Mizzou keeping track of the virus?

By closely monitoring aggregated data of symptoms, our university community is using an efficient strategy for tracking potential spread on our campus. Everyone who comes to campus will be expected to self-monitor and track their symptoms on the #ClearCampus app, which is available to every student, employee and visitor to the MU campus.

With the help of the app, the user will receive guidance about whether they may need to contact a health care professional regarding testing or treatment.

Positive tests will prompt a case investigation, isolation of positive individuals and quarantining of those identified as close contacts.

Student self-reporting

We expect all students, faculty and staff to closely monitor daily symptoms and take personal responsibility in supporting fellow Tigers by following health guidelines set forth by the university.

 

Students must report a positive COVID-19 test to the MU Student Health Center within four hours of receiving their result. In addition, they will need to let instructors know they won’t be in class. Personal or personally identifying information is confidential under federal privacy laws and will only be used to determine steps such as deep cleaning and academic arrangements.