How to Get Tested for COVID-19

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


COVID-19 causes 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 Room or call 911.

Getting tested

MU Health Care offers several testing options. Costs vary depending on testing location. Options include:

How will I be notified of results?

All test results will be delivered via a message in the HealthConnect portal.

If you don't have a HealthConnect account, you can sign up here.

Note: Results should be available within 48 hours.

If you have trouble creating your HEALTHConnect account or logging in, access the Support Portal for self-help and chat support. Support is also available anytime by phone at 888-443-8271.

Learn what to do based on your test results

How much does testing cost?

MU Health Care uses several diagnostic lab tests to detect COVID-19 infection. Learn more about our COVID-19 test prices. If you have insurance, your insurance company will be billed for the diagnostic test.