COVID-19 Test Results

If you were tested for COVID-19 at MU Health Care, see below to learn what to do based on your results.

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. If you are looking for information on how to get tested, visit our testing page.

When you are tested at MU Health Care, the test results notification process differs based on your results. Note: Results should be available within 48 hours.

Positive Test Result

If results are positive, you will receive a phone call from our staff with further instructions.

You may feel symptoms such as cough and fever for 14 days. As long as you are able to manage the symptoms from home, you should stay there.

If you are a Boone County resident, you also will receive a call or packet in the mail from Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services. This will provide you with additional instructions related to the length of time you and your family members should remain in your home. We are asking that you and any family members who have been living with you in the home remain in that location without leaving.

Currently, the recommended time frame for quarantine is 10 days. This applies to everyone, regardless of vaccination status. If you are experiencing symptoms, then it is 10 days after the date of your onset of symptoms. If you are not experiencing symptoms, then it is 10 days after the date of your test. Day zero is first day of symptoms or your test date.

If you have trouble breathing or if you experience nausea or vomiting and cannot keep down liquids, become light headed, or have any other severe symptoms, you should go to the Emergency Department or call 911. If you do need to visit the Emergency Department, call ahead to let them know you have tested positive for COVID-19 (or tell 911) so they can prepare for your visit.

If you have additional non-emergent questions, please call the Missouri Novel Coronavirus Information Hotline at 877-435-8411 (available 24/7) or your primary care physician.

Negative Test Result

If your test 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.

If you test negative, you probably were not infected at the time your sample was collected. The test result only means that you did not have COVID-19 at the time of testing. Continue to take steps to protect yourself.

If you continue to have symptoms, it is important that you monitor yourself as you recover. Practice good hand hygiene and social distancing if you are continuing to have cough or fever. Use over-the-counter therapies as directed for relief of your symptoms.

Please remain home until you’re no longer experiencing symptoms and are free of fever for 24 hours. If you have worsening symptoms or are not improving within the next three days, please follow up with your primary care provider.

If you develop shortness of breath, chest pain, or other severe symptoms, please consider going to your local Emergency Department.

If you have additional questions, please call the Missouri Novel Coronavirus Information Hotline at 877-435-8411 (available 24/7) or your primary care physician.