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MTest Protocols and Response

M Test


To best prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19, all members of the University community should maintain physical distancing, wear face coverings, and practice good health habits. In addition to these proven public health measures, the University has implemented a systemwide testing protocol called MTest.

MTest is aimed at testing, identifying, and isolating people who have symptoms, test positive,  experienced exposure to a positive COVID-19 case, or are concerned about their possible COVID-19 status.

Student testing on the Twin Cities Campus

Students enrolled at the Twin Cities campus may access MTest at Boynton Health or another trusted testing facility. MTest through Boynton Health, located at Recreation and Wellness, remains open and available.

Boynton provides testing if clinically recommended and/or if students meet the following conditions:

  • Are concerned about a possible COVID-19 status.
  • Are currently experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, fatigue, congestion, or loss of taste or smell. Less common symptoms include gastrointestinal symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
  • Have had close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, described as being within six feet of a positive case for 15 minutes or more.
  • Requires a COVID-19 test before certain medical procedures.
  • Requires a test before being allowed to work or learn in a clinical setting. 
  • If an international student, requires a COVID-19 test before traveling to their home country.

Students can schedule a COVID-19 testing visit via their patient portal at If your symptoms are severe and need to be evaluated by a medical provider, please call Boynton immediately at 612-625-3222.

In Minnesota, the cost of a COVID-19 test is covered by health insurance.

Student tests positive for COVID-19 or has a confirmed exposure

If a student tests positive for COVID-19, they may be contacted by public health officials to isolate to reduce the risk of infecting others. Most individuals will need to isolate for at least 10 days from the onset of COVID-19 symptoms. Isolation should continue until the individual has been fever-free for at least 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medications) and their symptoms have improved. If a student tests positive and is asymptomatic, that student should isolate for 10 days.

Those who have been notified of their exposure to a confirmed COVID-19 case may be instructed to take a COVID-19 test and remain in quarantine —  in a space with a separate room and bathroom — for at least 14 days or until otherwise directed by health care or public health professionals.

For students living in an on-campus residence hall or apartment who test positive, Boynton Health and Housing & Residential Life (HRL) will provide guidance and an isolation space. Students with a housing contract should fill out this housing 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.

For students living in off-campus housing 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.

Employee testing on the Twin Cities campus

Supervisors and employees should take these steps if a COVID-19 positive test has occurred or if they have been exposed to someone with a confirmed positive test. More information is also located within Employee Relations information

Employees who have Boynton Health as their primary care provider may be tested for COVID-19 at Boynton Health, through the MTest protocols, when clinically recommended, or at the health care provider of their choice. Other employees may seek testing at their off-campus primary care provider or these trusted testing facilities.

  • If an employee chooses to be tested at Boynton, they should schedule a COVID-19 testing visit via their patient portal at If your symptoms are severe and need to be evaluated by a medical provider, please call Boynton immediately at 612-625-3222.

Case investigation and contact tracing

Students, faculty, and staff who have tested positive or who have been exposed to a confirmed positive case may be notified by health care or public health officials through contact tracing and will learn what precautions should be taken. As a result, you may be contacted by University, local, county or state public health officials.

Names of individuals who test positive or who may have been exposed will not be released, per HIPAA and FERPA rules. 

The University of Minnesota will carefully monitor public health data collected and tracked by local and state health officials, as well as the status of our general and pandemic response operations, to determine if and when the University should alter its current operational status.

To slow the spread of COVID-19 and support the health of our community, it is vital that each of us continues to practice simple and effective prevention measures.

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