A negative test result means that it is unlikely that you currently have COVID-19.

However, testing is not perfect and there are sometimes false negatives, which are cases where you have the disease but the test didn’t detect it.

If you have been exposed to COVID-19, follow the recommendations from CDC: What to do if you were exposed to COVID-19 .

If your test result is NEGATIVE but you ARE having symptoms:

If you had no known exposure to COVID-19 and have symptoms, you may return to regular activities when your symptoms have improved for 24 hours and your fever has resolved for 24 hours without fever reducing medications. 

If you had a known exposure to COVID-19 and have symptoms: We recommend you quarantine at home for 5 days based on CDC guidelines. After 5 days of quarantine, continue to wear a mask around others for an additional 5 days. If you have any upcoming appointments at the Mankato Clinic during your quarantine period, you will need to reschedule those appointments or contact the department for telehealth options.

If your symptoms worsen, and you feel you need medical attention, call Urgent Care at 507-389-8680 to make and appointment or speak with a nurse. If your symptoms are an emergency, call 911 or go to the Emergency Department at the nearest hospital.

Need a copy of your results?

For a printed copy of your COVID result, please e-mail our Release of Information Department at ROI@mankato-clinic.com. Please include your full name, date of birth, and date the test was performed.