COVID-19 Testing/Protection/Symptoms


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported illnesses that have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases. Symptoms include:


  • COVID-19 Symptoms - Fever, Cough, Shortness of Breath
    Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Also see: Daily Health Screening (PDF)

What to Do If You Are Sick

If you are experiencing coronavirus symptoms, we encourage you to:

  1. Stay home and self-isolate to help prevent spreading the disease
  2. If you are an on-campus student, PLEASE CALL UMC Health Services at 218-281-8512 and someone will direct you further.

Also see: Steps to take if you get sick or exposed to COVID-19

COVID-19 Testing

Hospital/Clinic Testing

Polk County Public Health (PCPH) Testing

Through a partnership with the Minnesota Department of Health, Polk County Public Health will have a limited supply of free:

  • Mail-in Laboratory Confirmed PCR (Saliva) COVID-19 Tests
  • Rapid Antigen (Nasal) COVID-19 Tests

Call one of our offices to arrange for curbside pickup.

  • Crookston Public Health: 218-281-3385
  • McIntosh Public Health: 218-563-2010
  • East Grand Forks Human Services: 218-773-2431

At Home Testing

Minnesota and Vault Medical Services have teamed up to offer at-home COVID-19 saliva teting for any person who believes they need to be tested, with or without symptoms, at no cost. Click this banner to Order a Test.


The State of Minnesota is proud to offer fast and accurate COVID-19 saliva testing, at no cost, to any person who feels they need a test.

  • Order your test from Vault. The test kit will arrive at your home via expedited shipping. (Recommend to get 2 tests)
  • Log on for a virtual visit with a Vault test supervisor (required to get results); they will show you how to collect your saliva sample. You must not eat, drink, smoke, or chew anything for 30 minutes before your testing session.
  • Ship your sample to the lab in Oakdale using a prepaid UPS package.
  • Get your result 24 to 48 hours after your sample arrives at the lab.

Learn more about COVID-19 Testing at Home

Faculty/Staff/Students: Order Free Tests


Who Should Get Tested for COVID-19?

  • Anyone who has any symptoms.
  • Anyone who has had close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Anyone traveling or returning from travel.
  • Anyone who has attended a high-risk activity.
  • Anyone who is not fully vaccinated and who works in close contact with a lot of people.
  • Anyone who is not fully vaccinated and who participates in in-person school, extracurricular activities, or sporting activities.
  • People with immunocompromising conditions, even if fully vaccinated.
  • Anyone who has been asked or referred to get tested by their health care provider, or state, tribal, local, or territorial health department.
Minnesota Department of Health COVID Testing Recommendation Chart - Click to View

Also see: MN Department of Health COVID-19 Testing Recommendations Chart (PDF)




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Face Coverings

Wearing Masks and Social Distancing to Protect Other People
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the CDC recommends that you should cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when in public, or when you are around other people.

Also see:

How to wear a facemask


Contact UMC Health Services with any questions.