How Do I Get Tested for COVID-19?

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


If you're experiencing mild symptoms of COVID-19, you should be assessed by a physician.

Learn about the latest symptom information at Symptoms might include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Chills
  • Shortness of breath
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of taste or smell

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

If you have mild symptoms, get assessed by a doctor

Options for assessment:

After you are assessed by a physician, you can come to one of MU Health Care's drive-thru testing sites. See locations.

Drive-thru testing is available:

  • 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday
  • 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday
  • The drive-thru sites are closed Sunday.

How will I be notified of results?

The test results notification process differs based on your results.

How much does testing cost?

The charge for a COVID-19 lab test is $150. If you have insurance, that company will be billed. At this time, there is no co-pay or co-insurance. If you do not have insurance, there is no charge.

Where are the drive-thru testing sites?

MU Health Care has two drive-thru sites in Columbia.

MU Softball Stadium

The original testing site is in the MU softball stadium parking lot. Enter via Mick Deaver Memorial Drive, off Stadium Boulevard.

Photo of drive-thru testing area

Mizzou North

The newest testing site is on the north side of Mizzou North building at 115 Business Loop 70 W in Columbia. Enter off Garth Avenue. Note: The capacity of this site is less than the Softball Stadium site. Check the website for wait times.

Map of Mizzou North drive-thru
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