COVID-19 Testing

Who Can Be Tested at Boynton

COVID-19 testing from Boynton is available to all University of Minnesota students, faculty, and staff systemwide.  

Within these categories, anyone who wants a test can be tested, regardless of symptoms or exposure.

 

How To Get Tested

  • I need a test for travel, procedure, or mandatory testing ->

         Schedule through M Test on MyBoynton Patient Portal

  • I just want a test (no exposure or symptoms)->

         Schedule through M Test on MyBoynton Patient Portal

  • I have had an exposure* and/or mild symptoms (runny nose, congestion, sore throat, and/or mild cough)->

         Schedule through M Test on MyBoynton Patient Portal

  • I have mild- moderate symptoms and think I need to see a provider (more severe sore throat, concerns about strep or mono, painful cough, symptoms not improving after 3 -5 days)->

          Call to schedule a Gopher Quick Clinic appt at 612-625-3222.

  • I have urgent symptoms and need to be seen (chest pain, shortness of breath, severe headaches, or pneumonia)->

         Call the nurse line at 612-625-7900

If you need help deciding, please call the Nurse line 612-625-7900.

*Exposure means close contact with an infected person: within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (e.g., three 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes), starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated (source: CDC)

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19, the best time to test is five days after potential exposure.

 

Schedule a COVID-19 Test

To schedule a COVID-19 through M Test, schedule online using the MyBoynton Patient Portal.

If you are unable to log in to the portal please call 612-625-3222.

 

About MTest COVID-19 Testing Appointments

Boynton Health offers COVID-19 testing by appointment only to University of Minnesota students, faculty, and staff systemwide. Testing is done within a secured area of the Recreation and Wellness Center (RecWell). Limited hours available for testing at the St. Paul Clinic in Coffey Hall as well. 

Please be aware:

  • COVID-19 testing appointments are billed to your insurance.There will be no out of pocket costs for your COVID test.
  • These appointments are for COVID-19 testing only. If you have other medical needs, or if you have severe symptoms and need to be evaluated by a medical provider, call 612-625-3222.

Testing Procedure:

  • RecWell site: Do not enter RecWell. Enter the white tent just west of the main entrance of RecWell and patio area.
  • St. Paul site:  Go to the St. Paul Student Center, Room 110. 
  • Wear a mask or face covering upon arrival.
  • Bring a photo ID.
  • Follow COVID-19 testing signs and blue arrows upon arrival.
  • Respect 6-feet social distancing from those around you inside the testing area.
  • When you are directed to a testing station, clinic staff will swab your nose and/or throat for the test. It will be slightly uncomfortable and may cause some nasal irritation, sneezing, or eye-watering. Rarely, it can cause mild nose bleeding or a gag reflex.

After the Test:

  • You must isolate yourself at home until results are known to reduce possible spread of the COVID-19 virus.
  • You will receive results on your MyBoynton Patient Portal in 3-5 business days. Please note: we cannot guarantee specific turnaround times for travel.
  • We are required to share this information with state and local health departments, and they may also contact you to do thorough contact tracing and testing for people with whom you have had contact.
  • If you have been exposed and your test is negative, you may need to be quarantined depending on your vaccination and symptom status. Please follow MDH guidelines here: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/quarguide.pdf

 

 

 

Questions

How To Get Tested:
  • I need a test for travel, procedure, or mandatory testing ->

         Schedule through M Test on MyBoynton Patient Portal

  • I just want a test (no exposure or symptoms)->

         Schedule through M Test on MyBoynton Patient Portal

  • I have had an exposure* and/or mild symptoms (runny nose, congestion, sore throat, and/or mild cough)->

          Schedule through M Test on MyBoynton Patient Portal

  • I have mild- moderate symptoms and think I need to see a provider (more severe sore throat, concerns about strep or mono, painful cough, symptoms not improving after 3 -5 days)->

         Call to schedule a Gopher Quick Clinic appt at 612-625-3222.

  • I have urgent symptoms and need to be seen (chest pain, shortness of breath, severe headaches, or pneumonia)->

         Call the nurse line at 612-625-7900

If you need help deciding, please call the Nurse line 612-625-7900.

 

Testing Procedure
  • RecWell site: Do not enter RecWell. Enter the white tent just west of the main entrance of RecWell and patio area.
  • St. Paul site: Go to the St. Paul Student Center, Room 110. 
  • Wear a mask or face covering upon arrival.
  • Bring a photo ID.
  • Follow COVID-19 testing signs and blue arrows upon arrival.
  • Respect 6-feet social distancing from those around you inside the testing area.
  • When you are directed to a testing station, clinic staff will swab your nose and/or throat for the test. It will be slightly uncomfortable and may cause some nasal irritation, sneezing, or eye-watering. Rarely, it can cause mild nose bleeding or a gag reflex.