COVID-19 Testing Policy

Updated July 29, 2020

Missouri State University is implementing the following policy in order to detect COVID-19 infection among students, faculty and staff, and prevent and/or reduce additional exposure and infection.

Type of COVID-19 testing

All university COVID-19 testing referenced in this policy is polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing. Information about PCR testing and other kinds of COVID-19 testing can be found on the Springfield-Greene County Health Department’s webpage.

Testing for students, faculty and staff with COVID-19 symptoms

If you are experiencing unexplained symptoms of COVID-19, you should be assessed by a physician. Symptoms may include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Additional information about COVID-19 symptoms can be found on the CDC symptoms webpage.

Options for assessment by a physician include:

  • Contact Magers Health and Wellness Center at 417-836-4000.
  • After hours, contact the Mercy Nurse on Call at 417-820-6055.
  • Contact your primary care provider.
  • In case of medical emergency, go to a local hospital emergency room or call 911.

Your physician will determine whether you should be tested for COVID-19 and, if so, the process you should follow to be tested.

 Covid-19 testing is available Monday-Friday at Magers for students, faculty, and staff.  A referral is not necessary. The University is covering the cost of Covid-19 testing for students and uninsured employees.  MSU Employees with MedPay University self-insurance will have the costs covered by this MedPay coverage.

Additional information about testing, including information about other testing locations in the Springfield area, can be found on the Springfield-Greene County Health Department’s webpage.

Mandatory testing upon campus arrival

Upon their arrival to campus, student-athletes, certain athletics staff, residence hall staff, and anyone having traveled internationally within the past 14 days will be required to undergo COVID-19 testing. If such students, faculty or staff refuse to undergo COVID-19 testing, they will be required to quarantine for 14 days from the date they arrived on campus.

All COVID-19 tests referenced in this section will be administered at no cost to the student, faculty or staff member being tested.

Other testing

The university may authorize additional COVID-19 testing in other situations before or during the fall semester.

Test results and analysis

The university will notify individuals of their test result as soon as possible after receiving the result from the laboratory.

All students, faculty and staff who test positive for COVID-19 through a test not administered by the university must immediately notify the COVID-19 reporting line by email at COVID19@missouristate.edu or complete the COVID-19 Reporting Form. Additionally, all students, faculty and staff who are informed by a physician or public health official that they must quarantine or isolate must immediately notify the COVID-19 reporting line.

The university will maintain confidentiality of all test results, but will provide limited information about individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 to the university’s emergency preparedness manager and the Springfield-Greene County Health Department as required by law. Demographic information without personal identifiers will be analyzed for trends and risks to groups in which additional testing may be warranted.