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

MU Health Care offers a convenient way to get tested for people who need a test result for travel, people who have mild COVID-19 symptoms, or those people who do not have symptoms but have been exposed to an infected person (Note: You must wait five or more days after the exposure to be tested).

If you fit one of the above categories, please click the link below to schedule an appointment. Testing is by appointment only.


Testing site

The testing site is located at 2003 W Broadway, Suite 100, in Columbia. Click here for directions. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.


  • At this time, appointments are required. Walk-ins are not accepted.
  • Upon arrival, please wait in your car until your appointment time.
  • Face coverings are required, and patients are encouraged to bring their own from home.
  • No visitors are allowed - only the person with an appointment should enter.
  • If you are insured, bring your insurance card.

How will I be notified of results?

The notification process differs based on your results. Note: Results should be available within 48 hours.

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

If result is negative, you 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?

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. 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.