For the most complete and up-to-date information as to testing sites and locations, please go to the Minnesota Department of Health website .
Frequently Asked Questions
- Are students required to take a COVID test?
No, but if you believe you have been exposed or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, it is strongly encouraged that you get tested.
- Where can I get a test?
The latest information on testing locations in Minnesota can be found on the Minnesota Department of Health web site.
- Are tests free?
Yes. Per the Minnesota Department of Health web site, COVID-19 testing is no-cost in Minnesota for everyone who lives in the state. The State of Minnesota has made no-cost testing available to everyone through a number of testing options. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act requires office visits and associated services for receiving COVID-19 tests be no-cost for patients, regardless of insurance status or coverage.
Also, testing is free for every Minnesotan, whether or not they have insurance. If you do have insurance, you must bring your card. The state will ask your insurance company to pay for your test. If your insurance does not pay for COVID-19 tests or does not pay enough, the state will cover the cost. If you do not have insurance, the state will pay for your test. You will not receive a bill.
- Will the results of tests remain private?
Access to patient information from this program will follow privacy protections under HIPAA and the Minnesota Health Records Act. MDH will act on positive test results according to protocols that apply to any other positive test result (such as contacting patients directly to discuss isolation and contact tracing).
The Higher Education COVID-19 Response Workgroup is available to support you and navigate testing challenges. Please contact Health.HigherEd.Covid19@state.mn.us with questions you may have.
We encourage you all to take advantage of this opportunity to help protect your family, friends, and community. And, as always, remain vigilant about washing hands, remaining socially distant from others both on and off campus, and staying home when you are sick.