COVID Testing

COVID Testing

By testing, you’re helping slow the spread of COVID-19.

Testing for COVID-19 continues to be a key way public health experts can identify and respond to COVID-19 cases in our community. Even though there is an effective vaccine, no vaccine is 100% effective. As a result, cases may still occur in isolated situations. Timely follow-up in those instances is important, just as it has been for many other infectious diseases on our campuses for decades. Here you’ll find information about MTest, which provides guidance to the University community on when and where to get tested, as well as what to do if you test positive for COVID-19.

In addition to getting vaccinated and wearing a mask, notifying close contacts following a positive test result for COVID-19 is another important step you can take to protect our community, and is the right thing to do. Learn more on the Inform website. 

When to get tested

If you have symptoms:

Regardless of your vaccination status, please seek testing if you have COVID-19 symptoms. 

For testing, please contact:

  • Students: UMD Health Services at 218-726-8155 or your healthcare provider. 
  • Faculty and Staff: Your healthcare provider.

If you have been exposed to someone who tested positive

Fully vaccinated

  • Continue to attend classes and fully participate in all activities, including employment.
  • Stay home if you have symptoms. Get tested as soon as possible. Avoid others for at least 10 days since symptoms appeared.
  • Without symptoms, get tested 5–7 days after the close contact or as soon as possible if you don’t know when you had close contact. Remember that testing is available in multiple locations, including at home if you request a free test kit from the state.
  • Wear a mask for 14 days in public, indoor settings following exposure or close contact or until your test result is negative.

Unvaccinated

  • Get tested as soon as possible.
    • If the test is negative, test again 5-7 days after the last time you were close to a person with COVID-19.
    • If test results are positive or you start to feel sick, follow Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recommendations. Remember that testing is available in multiple locations, including at home if you request a free test kit from the state.
  • Stay home regardless of symptoms. Avoid others for up to 14 days. You should follow the full quarantine guidelines outlined by the Minnesota Department of Health.
  • Protect others in your household by wearing a mask, staying away from others, and taking other prevention steps.

If you test positive

Students:

If you test positive for COVID-19, we strongly recommend you inform your individual close contacts that they may have been exposed and should seek testing. Please take the following steps:

  1. You may receive guidance from MDH with information and a request to complete an online survey. Completing the survey will help MDH better understand the current state of COVID-19 transmission in our state.
  2. Review and act on guidance about how to identify close contacts and advice for notifying them that you have tested positive for COVID-19.
  3. Inform your instructors of your need to isolate and make arrangements to stay on track with your courses. Instructors may also help you identify close contacts in your classrooms or labs where close contacts can be identified. 
  4. Reach out to your manager or supervisor if you work on campus to arrange for time off and request assistance with notifying those with whom you have had close contact if needed.

Follow all public health or medical guidance about isolating and taking additional steps to protect others, including staying home if you are ill. University Housing and Residence Life and Dining Services will support students living on campus who require isolation or quarantine.

Faculty and Staff:

If you test positive for COVID-19, we strongly recommend you inform your individual close contacts that they may have been exposed and should seek testing. Please take the following steps:

  1. You may receive guidance from MDH with information and a request to complete an online survey. Completing the survey will help MDH better understand the current state of COVID-19 transmission in our state.
  2. Review and act on guidance about how to identify close contacts and advice for notifying them that you have tested positive for COVID-19.
  3. Inform your manager or supervisor if you need to arrange for time off or if you would like assistance identifying and notifying those with whom you have had close contact.
  4. Follow all public health or medical guidance about isolating and taking additional steps to protect others, including staying home if you are ill.

Beyond taking personal health precautions, the role of faculty and instructors when notified of a positive COVID-19 case is to support your student in notifying others. Check this guidance for instructions on how to assist COVID-19 positive students who notify you. 

If you are a manager or supervisor, your responsibility is to support your employees in notifying others. The Office of Human Resources has more detailed guidance available online.

Mass notifications of entire classrooms should not be made unless there is a documented public health reason to do so as reviewed by public health partners or the Health Emergency Response Office (e.g., there is reason to believe a large percentage of students in the classroom meet the CDC definition of close contact).

Community Testing Resources

There are a variety of community testing resources available across the state that are provided by the Minnesota Department of Health, other public health entities, and hospitals.

Other Campus' COVID Response Links

Student Resources

Health Services

Housing & Residential Life

One Stop Student Services

Graduate Studies

International Student Services

Makeup Work for Legitimate Absences Policy

Stop the Spread of COVID-19 materials

Additional Information

University of Minnesota Health Emergency Response Office (HERO)

Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy Resource Center

State of Minnesota

Minnesota Department of Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

World Health Organization

Additional Information

University of Minnesota Health Emergency Response Office (HERO)
Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy Resource Center
State of Minnesota
Minnesota Department of Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
World Health Organization