Testing is an important part of a comprehensive, layered public health plan to reduce the spread of COVID-19 on our campuses and across Minnesota, along with measures like physical distancing, wearing face coverings, and good health habits.
In October, the University of Minnesota announced the COVID-19 Saliva Testing Program. Through it, students, faculty, and staff on all five campuses are able to request one at-home saliva test through Vault Health. This additional testing option is provided at no cost to students, faculty, and staff. This test is available to use at an individual’s discretion, should they be concerned about exposure to COVID-19. Using the test, however, is not required.
For faculty and staff, this program is supported through a partnership with Governor Tim Walz and the State of Minnesota. On October, 9, 2020, the Board of Regents approved funding to expand the program to all students systemwide.
Additionally, the University has MTest — the University’s testing protocol launched earlier this year — aimed at testing, identifying, and isolating individuals who are symptomatic, test positive, or who have been exposed to a positive COVID-19 case. MTest was developed by our Health Emergency Response Office.
For additional guidance and steps to take for MTest and the COVID-19 Saliva Test Program, please click on the respective links below.