March 15 – Free COVID-19 Testing March 17

Welcome back, students!

Let’s finish the semester strong. To do so safely we must continue considering how COVID-19 may affect our campus in the coming weeks.

To mitigate the spread of the virus, a free post-break COVID-19 testing event for all interested Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College students is set for Wednesday, March 17, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. in the ground-level lobby of BSU’s physical education complex.

If you traveled during spring break, particularly if you traveled out of state, you are strongly encouraged to get tested for COVID-19.

This testing event will again use saliva tests, which are quick, more comfortable to take than a nasal swab and have been proven to be accurate. These tests are provided at no charge to you — you will never see a bill for this test.

Please bring your insurance card if you have health insurance. The state will ask your insurance company to pay for your test.

If your insurance does not pay for your test or does not pay enough, the state will cover the cost. If you do not have insurance, the state will pay for your test.

No parking permits will be required for the PE lot for students or employees who wish to participate.

The results of your test will be provided to you via email within 48 hours. BSU and NTC will NOT receive the results of your test so it is critical that students inform us of positive results through the Student COVID-19 Hotline. Employees should contact Carol Hess in Human Resources using the contact information below:


Students: Call the student COVID-19 Hotline at (218) 755-2901
Employees: Call Carol Hess in Human Resources at (218) 755-2445

By reporting positive tests, you are playing a crucial role in helping our campus communities slow the spread of this virus.