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 fever, cough and shortness of breath.

Also see: Daily Health Screening (PDF)

COVID-19 Symptoms - Fever, Cough, Shortness of Breath

What to Do If You Are Sick

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

  1. Self-isolate to help prevent spreading the disease
  2. Call UMC Health Services at 218-281-8512
  3. If you come to UMC Student Health with coronavirus symptoms, DO NOT ENTER. Stop and call 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

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.

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.


August 31, 2021 at 10:19 AM