Symptoms, Screening & Testing

Our campus community’s health and safety of 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!

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.

  • If you plan to travel over break or any other time—get tested before you leave and before you return.
  • If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms below, get tested.
  • If you have come in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, get tested.

Free COVID-19 Testing Near Campus
Former Thomas Edison School
1110 14 Street South, Moorhead

Free testing 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, where the state will provide a saliva test at no cost. Right now, the program is available in select counties, but it will be expanded state-wide in the near future.

COVID-19 health assessment tool
The COVID-19 self-assessment tool will help MSUM to protect the health and safety of our Dragon family. The tool is being implemented systemwide in response to Minnesota Emergency Executive Order 20-74. Everyone, including employees, students and visitors (contractors and vendors) who plan to enter any facility as part of the campus, must complete a daily self-assessment before they arrive each day.

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
  • Chest pain
  • Other less common symptoms include gastrointestinal tract symptoms like nausea, vomiting or diarrhea

What to do if you experience symptoms of COVID-19


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!

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.

If you are looking for insurance coverage, please contact our case manager/navigator Jamie Skrove at 218.477.2211.

Testing sites are designed to keep you and health care workers safe. Many sites require an appointment before you arrive. Local testing sites below require a phone visit with a nurse OR an E-visit through mychart (established patients) to review symptoms. Our case manager/navigator Jamie Skrove can also help you figure out the best place for you to test based on your insurance plan.

Please complete the Student COVID-19 Reporting Form if you have tested positive, been in contact with someone who has, or need to care for someone who has COVID-19. 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.