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Coronavirus COVID-19 Student Testing FAQs

Please find answers to frequently asked questions related to student COVID-19 testing.

 

Are students required to take a COVID test?

No.  However, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is concerned that people in the 18-35 age range are driving our community spread to record highs, many of them with no symptoms and no way of knowing they are positive. MDH believes the possibility of continued spread of the virus as students visit family for Thanksgiving poses a serious risk.

Are tests free?

Yes. Testing will be free and available to anyone who wants to be tested whether they have symptoms or not, and it will not require insurance.

I don’t feel sick. Why do I need to get tested?

MDH is concerned that people in the 18-35 age range who aren’t exhibiting any symptoms are driving our community spread to record highs. MDH believes the possibility of continued spread of the virus as students visit family for Thanksgiving poses a serious risk.

Where can I get a test?

The state has put together a list of COVID-19 testing sites

Will the results of tests remain private?

Access to patient information from this program will follow privacy protections under HIPAA and the Minnesota Health Records Act. MDH will act on positive test results according to protocols that apply to any other positive test result (such as contacting patients directly to discuss isolation and contact tracing). 

How are tests administered?

Depending on where you get your test, it might be a saliva test, or a nasal swab test. Details may be found under the “Which test is right for me?” heading at:  https://mn.gov/covid19/for-minnesotans/if-sick/testing-locations/index.jsp