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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.

When to test

Do you have symptoms?

If you’ve been close to someone who tested positive.

Did you go to an event where you were around many people who were unmasked and not distancing?

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

If you are not fully vaccinated and were in close contact with someone who tested positive, seek testing at least five days after your last contact with them.


Don’t test too soon, as the test may not detect the virus within the first few days of infection.


If you are fully vaccinated (two weeks after your final dose of the vaccine), you are not considered a close contact. However, if you develop symptoms, seek testing.

If you are unvaccinated, public health officials ask you to seek testing at least five days after the event. High-risk events, whether indoors or outdoors, can lead to the virus spreading.


If you are fully vaccinated, seek testing if you develop symptoms.


Other reasons to seek testing:

  • You are moving to campus housing and have not been vaccinated.
  • You have concerns about a possible COVID-19 exposure.
  • You work in healthcare.
  • You need a COVID-19 test prior to travel for documentation purposes.

The Minnesota Department of Health also encourages regular testing — regardless of symptoms — of those who work in positions where they have a high level of contact with a large number of people. This includes those working in healthcare, retail, and educational settings.

Where to test

If you need to be tested for COVID-19, Boynton Health provides testing to the University community at the Recreation and Wellness Center on the East Bank of the Twin Cities campus.

Follow these steps to make an appointment at Boynton. Alternatively, find testing locations in the community and other resources across Minnesota or connect with Crookston, Duluth, Morris or Rochester campuses to locate community-specific information.


  • Book an appointment through Boynton Health’s Patient Portal.
  • If you need to be evaluated for severe symptoms or need help with the Patient Portal, call Boynton Health at 612-625-3222.

Testing positive

If you have tested positive for COVID-19, it’s important that you take steps to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by isolating at home. Guidance, depending on your living situation, is provided below.

Student Living On Campus

Student Living Off Campus

If you live in an on-campus apartment or residence hall on the Twin Cities campus, your isolation will be guided by Boynton Health and Housing & Residential Life. 

Students should fill out this form and review these steps if exposed to COVID-19 or they have received a confirmed positive test. Please also review additional guidance provided by Housing & Residential Life.

If you live off campus, such as in apartments not owned by the University, please view these steps if exposed to COVID-19 or you received a confirmed positive test. Also 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.

Review information on the Crookston, Duluth, Morris and Rochester campuses.

Concerned about exposure

If you are concerned about exposure to COVID-19 and have not been vaccinated, be sure to get tested at least five days after the potential exposure point. However, testing is only one step toward reducing the spread of COVID-19.

Quarantining, separating yourself from others for a period of time, can provide protection to your friends, classmates, and colleagues. Learn more about the latest quarantine guidelines from the Minnesota Department of Health.

If you live in an on-campus apartment or residence hall, these are the University’s guidelines:

14-Day Quarantine

10-Day Quarantine

7-Day Quarantine

If you have a roommate and your roommate tests positive, you must be quarantined for 14 days.

If you are exposed to a positive case outside of your household (i.e., an individual you do not live with), this is the safest option for reducing COVID-19 transmission.

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.

Not available to on-campus residents.



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


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


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


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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