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.
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 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. Please note: This testing site is for students only.
- Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri. 8 a.m.– 5 p.m.
- Wed. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Please note: Closed: Saturday and Sundays
Employees and other community members:
If you have no symptoms, mild symptoms or need a test for travel, you can walk in to the MU Health Care COVID-19 test collection site:
- Location: 2003 W Broadway, Suite 100, in Columbia.
- Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Saturday & Sunday: 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- Please note: Last patients accepted 15 minutes prior to closing. If the site is experiencing high volume we may stop accepting new patients more than 15 minutes prior to closing time.
- Learn more: MU Health Care — How to get tested for COVID-19
Those with COVID-19 symptoms have several options to obtain care, including:
Weekend and after-hours testing options
- Local options for COVID-19 testing may be limited after hours and weekends in Columbia.
- If you have severe symptoms, including difficulty breathing, go to the Emergency Department or call 911.
- MU Quick Care or MU Urgent Care will provide evaluations and testing.
- If you are having mild symptoms or asymptomatic, you can delay testing until Student Health or other sites are open. You should stay home and monitor your health to protect your friends, family and others.
- Additional free testing sites around Missouri are available. You can find those sites here. (Scroll to bottom of page for Missouri sites.)
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.
Who should get tested
The following people should get tested for COVID-19:
- People who have symptoms of COVID-19.
- People who have had a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
- People who are fully vaccinated should get tested 3-5 days after exposure, and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result.
- People who are not fully vaccinated should quarantine and be tested immediately after being identified, and, if negative, tested again in 5–7 days after last exposure or immediately if symptoms develop during quarantine.
- People not fully vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccine who are prioritized for expanded community screening for COVID-19.
- People not fully vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccine who have been asked or referred to get testing by their school, workplace, healthcare provider, state, tribal, local or territorial health department.
Testing following exposure
Most individuals who have been in close contact with someone confirmed to have COVID-19 should seek testing. For more information see Contact and exposure.
Test result notification:
- If results are positive, patient will receive a phone call from the testing location.
- If result is negative, patient will be notified via a message in the HealthConnect portal.
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 a student, you are required to self-report your positive result within 4 hours.
- 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.
- 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: