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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. However, testing does not prevent transmission and is not a replacement for consistent physical distancing and wearing face coverings.


If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, isolate yourself from others, find a testing option, or contact your healthcare provider.

Students living on and off-campus can use this decision tree (PDF) if exposed to COVID-19 or have received a confirmed positive test.

MTest: Testing through Boynton Health

  • MTest is aimed at testing, identifying, and isolating people with COVID-19., including those with or without symptoms.
  • Boynton Health provides testing at the Recreation and Wellness Center to students for any reason, including when:
    • clinically recommended;
    • any concerns arise about a person’s COVID-19 status;
    • currently experiencing COVID-19 symptoms;
    • there’s been close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, described as being within six feet of a positive case for at least 15 minutes over a 24-hour period;
    • students enrolled at University of Minnesota campuses outside the Twin Cities seeking testing prior to returning to their campus or who meet other criteria for testing while in the Twin Cities;
    • a COVID-19 test is required before certain medical procedures;
    • a test is required before being allowed to work or learn in a clinical setting; and
    • an international student requires a COVID-19 test before traveling to their home country.
  • Students can schedule a COVID-19 testing visit through the Boynton Health Patient Portal. If you need to be evaluated for severe symptoms, please call Boynton Health at 612-625-3222.
  • Students enrolled at the Crookston, Duluth, Morris, or Rochester campuses, but are in the Twin Cities, can schedule an appointment through boynton.umn.edu/myboynton throughout the spring semester.
  • Employees who have Boynton Health as their primary care provider may be tested for COVID-19 at Boynton Health under the same parameters above. 
  • All students and employees may also seek testing at other, off-campus facilities.

MTest: Clinics for Students Living On-Campus

  • In the days leading up to the beginning of the Spring 2021 semester, MTest facilities at RecWell will host four testing clinics for new and returning students who seek testing. The clinics, held on the following days, are appointment-only through the Boynton Health Patient Portal.
    • Friday, January 15
    • Saturday, January 16
    • Sunday, January 17
    • Monday, January 18
  • Additionally, with testing recommended five to seven days after a potential exposure, four additional testing clinics will be held starting a week after students begin moving into on-campus residence halls and apartments.
    • Friday, January 22
    • Saturday, January 23
    • Sunday, January 24
    • Monday, January 25

Testing is available on other days for students, faculty, and staff through the Boynton Health Patient Portal.

MTest: Quarantine

  • Quarantine occurs after a student, faculty member, or staff member is exposed to COVID-19. 
  • A 14-day quarantine after a known exposure to COVID-19 is still the best and safest option for reducing the risk of transmission.
  • However, the Minnesota Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention allow for shorter quarantine periods if certain conditions are met.
  • For individuals living in on-campus housing, including residence halls, these are the University’s guidelines:

On-Campus Quarantine Guidelines

14-day quarantine

  • If you have a roommate and your roommate tests positive, you must quarantine for 14 days.
  • If you are exposed to a positive case outside of your household (i.e., an individual with whom you do not live with), this is the safest option for reducing the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

10-day quarantine

As Housing & Residential Life can quickly isolate and quarantine roommates, this option will be considered only when a student:

  • takes a COVID-19 test 7 to 10 days after exposure and receives a negative test result;
  • has no symptoms; and
  • complies with Boynton Health Quarantine and Isolation Support Team instructions.

7-day quarantine

  • Not available for on-campus residents

As it may be difficult to stay away from others, and due to how students live and interact inside residence halls, Boynton Health and Housing & Residential Life will not be providing a 7-day quarantine option. This is in accordance with Minnesota Department of Health guidelines.

 

  • For off-campus residents, including students and employees, public health officials recommends:

Off-Campus Quarantine Guidelines

14-day quarantine

  • If someone you live with tests positive, you must quarantine for 14 days.
  • If you are exposed to a positive case outside of your household, this is the safest option for reducing the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

10-day quarantine

You may consider this option:

  • if you have a limited, one-time exposure to someone you are not living with;
  • if you test negative from a COVID-19 test taken between day 7 and day 10 following exposure;
  • and you receive a negative test result from a test taken 7 to 10 days after your time of exposure;
  • and you have no COVID-19 symptoms;
  • and you are not living with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19;
  • and you do not live in a building where it may be difficult to stay away from others.
 

If you leave quarantine after day 10, you must:

  • monitor yourself for symptoms through day 14;
  • get tested if you develop symptoms; and
  • continue to wear face coverings and physical distance.

7-day quarantine

The University does not recommend a 7-day quarantine time frame. 

 

However, under current public health guidelines from the Minnesota Department of Health, you may consider this option only if you:

  • are tested for COVID-19 after a full five days after your potential exposure and that test is negative;
  • have not tested positive for COVID-19;
  • you do not have any symptoms; and
  • live in a situation where no one in your home has tested positive for COVID-19 and you do not live in a building where it is hard to stay away from others.
 

If you leave quarantine after day 7, you must:

  • monitor yourself for symptoms through day 14;
  • get tested if you develop symptoms; and
  • continue to wear face coverings and physical distance.
     

MTest: Isolation

  • If you test positive for COVID-19,  you may be contacted by the Minnesota Department of Health, the University of Minnesota, or other city- or county-level contact tracers.
  • If you are a student living in an on-campus residence hall or apartment and have tested positive, Boynton Health and Housing & Residential Life (HRL) will provide guidance on isolation spaces. Students should fill out this form and review these steps to take if exposed to COVID-19 or receive a confirmed positive test. Please also review additional guidance provided by HRL.
  • If you live off campus, such as in apartments not owned by the University, please view these steps students take if exposed to COVID-19 or receive a confirmed positive test and visit the Office for Off Campus Living for resources and support. Students who do not live in University-owned housing will need to make a plan in case they are instructed by public health officials to isolate or quarantine in their residence.

Community Testing Resources

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Quarantine

Quarantine

Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. 

Isolation

Isolation is used to separate people infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, from people who are not infected.

Isolation

Isolation is used to separate people infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, from people who are not infected.

Isolation

Isolation is used to separate people infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, from people who are not infected.

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