Symptoms & Testing

Our campus community’s health and safety is a shared responsibility, which is why we ask you to assess your health before coming to campus and report when you are sick or experiencing symptoms of COVID‐19. If you’re sick, please stay home and take care of yourself. You are a part of the Dragon family, and we care about you!

Symptoms of COVID-19
Symptoms vary greatly from person to person, but here are some common symptoms:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever (100.4 or higher) or feeling feverish
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle pain
  • Loss of taste or smell

What to do if you experience symptoms of COVID-19

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Download the Dragons Care What to do Chart to help you decide how to proceed if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or if you have been in close contact with someone who has. Take care, Dragons!

When Should You Get Tested?
Together, we are working to keep our campus and communities safe. These guidelines for testing may help prevent spreading the virus and getting friends and family sick, particularly older or more vulnerable individuals.

  • Before and after extended travel.
  • You are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms below.
  • You have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

Getting tested

The CARES Act requires health insurers to cover COVID-19 testing; however, related office visits are not. If you have questions about your health insurance coverage, call your insurance provider before getting tested.

Students: If you are looking for insurance coverage, please contact our case manager/navigator Jamie Skrove at MSUM Counseling Services or 218.477.2211.

Free COVID-19 Testing Near Campus
Vault Health is providing free saliva testing in the former Thomas Edison School (1110 14th Street South, Moorhead). This is available whether you have symptoms or not. No insurance required. Schedule an appointment.

Free COVID-19 Mail Order Testing for MN Residents
Minnesota residents can use the Mail Order Testing Program. Order your saliva test online from Vault Health and it will be mailed to you. Complete the test at home and mail it back using the pre-paid envelope that is provided. You will receive your results within 24-48 hours of the lab receiving your sample.

If you have an established relationship with a medical provider in the community, please contact that clinic to inquire about testing options. Additional testing sites have been designated by local providers or public health departments such as:

Students are asked to complete the Student COVID-19 Reporting Form if you have tested positive or have been in contact with someone who has. The Dean of Students Office can then assist you in verifying a diagnosis, approving absences, notifying faculty, and coordinating support services related to housing, technology, and other needs.

Employees are asked to complete the Employee COVID-19 Reporting Form if you have tested positive or have been in contact with someone who has. The Human Resources Office can provide assistance to you once you have completed this form.