How to Get Tested for COVID-19

Here is what you need to know about getting tested for COVID-19.


COVID-19 presents with symptoms similar to a respiratory illness such as the flu. Symptoms might include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Muscle pain or body aches
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Loss of taste or smell

The symptoms list changes periodically based on the latest research. Learn more at

If you have severe symptoms, including difficulty breathing, go to the Emergency Department or call 911.

Getting tested

There are a few ways to access testing at MU Health Care.

If you have no symptoms, mild symptoms or need a test for travel:

Our lab locations only offer PCR testing, not antigen (rapid) testing. The expected turnaround time for test results is 24 hours.

If you are experiencing symptoms and want to been seen by a medical professional, you may:

If you are experiencing severe symptoms or breathing problems, visit the Emergency Department or call 911.

Face coverings are required, and patients are encouraged to bring their own from home.

Patients with questions about how to access COVID-19 testing may contact our call center at 573-884-0948.

How will I be notified of results?

The test results notification process differs based on your results.

If results are positive, patient will receive a phone call from the testing location.

If result is negative, patient will be notified via a message in the HealthConnect portal. If you don't have a HealthConnect account, you can sign up here.

How much does testing cost?

For the diagnostic test: MU Health Care uses several diagnostic lab tests to detect COVID-19 infection and antibodies. Learn more about our COVID-19 test prices. If you have insurance, your insurance company will be billed for the diagnostic test. At this time, there is no co-pay or co-insurance. If your insurance denies the claim, you will receive a bill. If you do not have insurance, there is no charge.

For visits: Costs vary depending on testing location. Primary care appointments might require a co-payment, and Mizzou Quick Care and Mizzou Urgent Care visits require charges.

Does MU Health Care offer antibody testing?

Yes, we currently offer antibody testing for patients who believe they may have had a previously undiagnosed COVID-19 infection. If you would like to get an antibody test, consult your doctor.