As part of our efforts to decrease COVID-19 transmission on campus, we are collaborating with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to offer FREE saliva PCR testing to all students, faculty, and staff starting Monday, November 16. More comfortable but just as accurate as the nasal swab test, the saliva test will allow us to increase testing on campus — something that’s especially important as we head into Thanksgiving break.
We are encouraging everyone to be tested before Thanksgiving to help decrease the risk of spreading the virus to family and friends during the holiday break.
The purpose of testing is to identify those who are infected but asymptomatic. A negative test does not mean you are free from risk, just that you are not infectious on the day of testing. Please continue to follow all recommendations for masking, social distancing, and the Governor’s new guidelines for social gatherings.
Testing will take place in the Butler Center, and appointments must be made in advance. When you arrive for your test:
- Wear your mask until you begin the test.
- Bring your smartphone with you to register for the test.
- Testing is free to everyone. However, if you have insurance, please bring your card.
- Do not eat or drink anything for 30 minutes prior to testing.
To take the test, you will:
- Scan the QR code on your test kit with your smartphone to access the testing website. Someone at the test site will provide instructions, but you will administer the test yourself.
- Spit into a funnel connected to a tube. It generally takes about 10 minutes to collect the required amount of saliva.
- Remove the funnel and secure the cap when finished. You will need to screw the cap until the divider between the blue preservative and saliva sample cracks.
- Shake the vial for five seconds.
- Drop the vial off at the appropriate location and dispose of any remaining testing materials.
Results will be emailed directly to you, generally within 48 hours of the test.
You will only have a COVID test at this site; no additional evaluation will be provided. Results will be sent directly to you via email once they have been processed.
If you are experiencing significant symptoms and would like to be evaluated by a healthcare provider, please seek medical attention with your primary provider, or schedule an appointment to be seen in the Health and Wellness Clinic on campus at 651-690-6714.