When to get a COVID-19 Test

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please call Ask-A-Nurse at 507.457.2292 and self-report. From there, you will receive further testing guidance. 

Regardless of vaccination status, it is recommended to get tested immediately if you are experiencing symptoms. If you have come in close contact with someone, it is recommended to get tested 5 days after exposure, if possible.

If you are planning on traveling, several airlines even require a negative COVID-19 test prior to boarding. It is recommended to get tested 1-3 days prior to traveling if you are not up to date on vaccinations. It is required to have a negative COVID-19 test within 1 day when flying back into the United States from another country.

Once you return from a trip, it is recommended to get tested 3-5 days after you return. Check out our safe travel tips for more travel guidance.

At-Home Testing

The State of Minnesota is offering a free at-home saliva test so you can get tested in the comfort of your own home!

If students have a Minnesota address, they can receive this PCR saliva test at no cost as well.

Learn more and order your mail in COVID-19 test.

  • Who: Any Minnesota resident – you do not need to have symptoms
  • Where: At home with mail delivery, testing conducted virtually via Zoom
  • When: Virtual waiting room hours Sun–Thurs  7AM–9PM, Fri–Sat 7AM-7PM 
  • Cost: Free

 

Where to Get a COVID-19 Test in Winona

 

WSU Health Services

WSU Health & Wellness Services offers COVID-19 tests to those who are symptomatic or have been in close contact with a confirmed case. Health Services does NOT offer weekly surveillance testing. If you are experiencing symptoms or have been in close contact, please fill out the self-report form and you will be contacted for COVID-19 testing.

It’s best to be tested by WSU Health Services because then the staff can get started to contain, trace, and stop the spread on campus faster.

You will also receive great follow-up care and guidance tailored to college students.

Getting a test is 100% free. If your insurance doesn’t cover the full cost, WSU will cover the rest.

Please call ahead by calling Ask-A-Nurse at 507.457.2292 or schedule an appointment with WSU Health Services at 507.457.5160.

Remember to bring your insurance card or information to your appointment.

 

  • Who: Students experiencing symptoms | Students who have been in close contact with a positive case
  • Where: IWC COVID Nook
  • When: Mon–Fri, 8:30–10AM & 1–2:30PM
  • Cost: Free after insurance
Hy-Vee

Who: Everyone (symptomatic & asymptomatic)

Where: Hy-Vee Pharmacy Drive-Through, 1475 W Service Dr.

Hours: Tues & Thurs 8–10AM | Sat 9–11AM 

Insurance: Accepted, but not required

Cost: No cost to student.

Appointment: Required. Make an Appointment.

Additional Information: Weekly testing option.

Vault Medical Services

Who: Everyone (symptomatic & asymptomatic)

Where: Winona Mall 1213 Gilmore Ave, near DMV

Hours: Mon–Fri 11AM–6PM | Sun 11AM–4PM 

Insurance: Accepted, but not required.

Cost: No cost to student or WSU.

Appointment: Strongly encouraged, walk-ins accepted. Make an Appointment.

Additional Information: Weekly testing option. Great option when needing a test for travel.

Walgreens

Who: Everyone (symptomatic & asymptomatic)

Where: Walgreens Drive-Through, 750 Mankato Ave

Hours: Mon–Fri 8AM–5PM

Insurance: Accepted, but not required.

Cost: No cost to student or WSU.

Appointment: Required. Make an Appointment.

Additional Information: Weekly testing option.

Winona Health

Who: Everyone (symptomatic & asymptomatic)

Location: Winona Health, Urgent Care, 855 Mankato Ave.

Hours: Mon–Fri 7AM–8PM, Sat–Sun 7AM–5PM

Insurance: Accepted, but not required.

Cost: $250 without insurance.

Appointment: Walk-in only, first come first serve.

Additional Information: Weekly testing option.

 

Where to Get a COVID-19 Test in Rochester

 

Community Health Services (Migrant Health)

Who: Everyone (symptomatic & asymptomatic)

Where: 1926 Collegeview Rd SE

Hours: Mon, Tues & Thurs 10AM–11AM

Insurance: Accepted

Cost: If insurance is not available, sliding scale is used to determine cost of test.

Appointment: Required. Call 507.529.0503.

Additional Information: Weekly testing option.

Hy-Vee

Who: Everyone (symptomatic & asymptomatic)

Where: Multiple Locations

Hours: Tues & Thurs 8–10AM | Sat 9AM–5PM

Insurance: Accepted, but not required.

Cost: No cost to student or WSU.

Appointment: Required. Make an appointment.

Additional Information: Weekly testing option.

Mayo Clinic

Who: Everyone (symptomatic & asymptomatic)

Where: 3033 41 St. NW

Hours: Mon–Sun 9AM–5PM

Insurance: Accepted, but not required.

Cost: No cost to student or WSU.

Appointment: Required. Make an appointment or call 507.293.9525.

Additional Information: Weekly testing option.

Walgreens Pharmacy

Who: Everyone (symptomatic & asymptomatic)

Where: Multiple Locations

Hours: Hours vary by location.

Insurance: Accepted, but not required

Cost: No cost to student or WSU.

Appointment: Required. Make an Appointment.

Additional Information: Weekly testing option.

Minnesota COVID-19 Testing Finder

Wisconsin COVID-19 Testing Finder

Illinois COVID-19 Testing Finder

After Your Test

Until you get your COVID-19 test results, you should quarantine if you were in close contact or isolate if you have symptoms.  If you are asymptomatic and getting a test for screening purposes, it is still advisable to do a modified quarantine to prevent further exposure from you to others or others to you and becoming infected while awaiting results.

It’s easy to get post-test glee when you get the call that your results are negative. But you have to remember that these test results represent only that moment when you took the test.

Just because you’re negative for COVID-19 right now, you could catch the virus tomorrow. In order to keep your results negative, you need to continue to lay low and quarantine before going home.

Self-Report Your Test to WSU

It’s important that you share your test results with WSU’s Health and Wellness Services so that we can contain the spread and keep our campus and community safe. 

We’re counting on you to self-report so everyone can have their best semester.

Self-Report

If you are experiencing symptoms or have tested for COVID-19 at an off-campus site, please fill out the self-report form.

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Amy Nelson

Amy Nelson graduated in 2020 with a degree in Art: I-Design. As a student, she worked with the University Marketing & Communications team as a writer and photographer. She was hired after graduation to support public health communications during the COVID-19 pandemic.