COVID-19 Testing FAQs

Student Testing FAQs

Q:  Are students required to take a COVID test?

A:   No.  However, the Minnesota Department of Health is concerned that people in the 18-35 age range are driving our community spread to record highs, many of them with no symptoms and no way of knowing they are positive. The Minnesota Department of Health believes the possibility of continued spread of the virus as students visit family for Thanksgiving poses a serious risk.

Q:  I don’t feel sick.  Why do I need to get tested?

A:  The Minnesota Department of Health is concerned that people in the 18-35 age range who aren’t exhibiting any symptoms are driving our community spread to record highs. The Minnesota Department of Health believes the possibility of continued spread of the virus as students visit family for Thanksgiving poses a serious risk.

Q:  Where can I get a test?

A:  Free saliva testing in St. Cloud is located at River’s Edge Convention Center, at 10 Fourth Ave South in St. Cloud. It will be open Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 7 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends. Appointments can be made through the Vault Health registration site. Free at-home testing in Minnesota – you can now request free mail-in saliva COVID tests whether or not you’re displaying symptoms. Tests are overnighted to you, and you’ll need to complete the sample in an online meeting with a Vault supervisor. After you mail it back, you should get results in 24-48 hours. For more info and to order your test, visit the Vault website.

The state has also put together a list of COVID-19 testing sites

Q:  Are tests free?

A:  Yes.  Testing will be free and available to anyone who wants to be tested whether they have symptoms or not, and it will not require insurance.

Q:  Will the results of tests remain private?

A:   Access to patient information from this program will follow privacy protections under HIPAA and the Minnesota Health Records Act. MDH will act on positive test results according to protocols that apply to any other positive test result (such as contacting patients directly to discuss isolation and contact tracing).  

Q:  How are tests administered?

A:  Depending on where you get your test, it might be a saliva test, or a nasal swab test. Details may be found under the “Which test is right for me?” heading at MN Testing Locations site

Q:  What does the saliva test determine?

A:   The saliva test examines if a person currently has the virus that causes COVID-19. The saliva test is not an antibody test, which can indicate whether someone has previously had the virus.

Q:  When will I receive the test result?

A:   According to Vault Health's FAQ's, results are usually available 48-72 hours after your sample is received at the lab.

Q:  How will I receive the test result?

A:   According to Vault Health's FAQ's if you opted into email results, you will receive an email with your test result. If not, you will get an email notification when results are ready to view in your Vault account online.

Q:  Where can I learn more about the saliva test or Vault Health?

A:   For more information, please visit the Vault Health website at www.vaulthealth.com/covid.