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 MU Health Care's drive-thru testing site. See location details.

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 site is closed Sunday.

How will I be notified of results?

The test results notification process differs based on your results.

  • Positive results: A staff member will call with results, usually within 24-48 hours.
  • Negative results: Documentation of your negative result will be available only through the HEALTHConnect portal, typically within 72 hours of your test. If you don't have a HealthConnect account, you can sign up here.

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 is the drive-thru testing site?

Mizzou North

The testing site is on the north side of Mizzou North building at 115 Business Loop 70 W in Columbia. Enter off Garth Avenue.

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