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COVID-19 Testing

You can get tested for COVID-19 if you: 

  • have symptoms 
  • have had a recent exposure to a person who is positive for COVID-19 
  • need a test for travel, clinical rotations or an event 

There are specific instructions for these circumstances- please read carefully below to determine actions required for your situation.  

IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS- whether you are vaccinated or not  (fever/chills, sore throat, body aches, new or worsening cough or shortness of breath, new loss of taste or smell, fatigue, headache, hoarseness, ear pain, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea/decreased appetite): 

  • Call Student Health schedulers at 319-335-8394  if you want to talk to a provider about your symptoms or to schedule a video or phone visit. We can evaluate your condition, offer medical guidance, and order a test during the visit.   
  • Use MyChart: Log in to MyChart and from the menu, select "COVID-19 Self Checker".   If you have no underlying conditions that put you at higher risk, you may be able to schedule a COVID-19 test at a local Quick Care clinic without a provider video/phone visit at Student Health or UIHC.  This is a very efficient way to get tested. If you do not have MyChart, call Student Health at 319-335-8394 so we can send you a link for a speedy signup.   
  • Call Student Health Nurseline at 319-335-9704:  the nurse will assess you and can order a test at Quick Care or have you speak to a provider, if any worrisome symptoms or circumstances. Call a scheduler directly at 319-335-8394 if you prefer to schedule a provider visit. 
  • Until you get your test result and it is negative, you do need to isolate yourself- stay home and away from others, wear a mask! Do not walk in to any healthcare facility unless you are seeking emergency care.
  • Keep in mind that UI Healthcare will bill your insurance for the cost of the testing and you may be responsible for some charges.  Their billing website specifies charges, so please review. Scroll to the section, "COVID-19 Test".     

IF YOU DO NOT HAVE SYMPTOMS, but were exposed to a person who tested positive for COVID-19, whether you are vaccinated or not, you should follow this CDC guidance. You can obtain a test through Student Health, MyChart, or by obtaining a free take-home saliva test kit.  Click here to complete a survey required to pick up a take-home saliva test kit from Student Health IMU Nurse Care. 

IF YOU DO NOT HAVE SYMPTOMS, but need a test for travel, home visits, clinical rotations at care facilities or events, here are a couple options: 

  • You can use the same MyChart COVID-19 Self-Checker, just choose the option for "Travel Related COVID-19 Testing". Your test results will be available in MyChart by noon the day after your test.  (Please note that time frames are variable and cannot be guaranteed). There is a UIHC charge for this test. 
  •  The Iowa Department of Public Health has home test kits available.  You have two options to get these kits:
    • you can order your test kit through this site, and it will be mailed to you/mailed back. Pay attention to the time frame for receiving results, which could be variable based on test volumes in the lab. 
    • Student Health has these test kits available for pickup and drop off in the IMU Nurse Care Clinic (not the main Westlawn clinic)
  • Local pharmacies and retail sites may also offer testing of various types.  Check websites of local Walgreen's, Hy-Vee and CVS stores for more information.  
  • Read this good CDC resource about self-testing 

Students who need testing for international travel should click here for information.   

If you have been notified of exposure by a public health official and told you need to quarantine, OR if you received a positive test result, remember to fill out the UI Self Reporting form