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Student Health COVID-19 Documents and Information

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please review the information below.

Showing Symptoms?

Drive Thru Testing

Spring Semester Hours

Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Closed: Saturday and Sunday.

Testing is free and no appointment is necessary.

The test site is located at the west concourse of the Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium. Results of testing done on the SDSU campus are generally completed within 24 hours, with most results same day. If you have any questions please call the Student Health Clinic and Counseling Services at 688-4157.

Please review the following information prior to your appointment:

Print off, sign, and bring the following to your appointment:

Open Testing

South Dakota State University takes your health and safety seriously. To that end, we are opening the SDSU student testing site in Brookings to all SDSU students free of charge. The testing process will remain the same, but students do not need an invite to be tested. Testing is voluntary.

Open Testing Information

When: Open testing will be available Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.; and closed Saturday - Sunday.

Where: With the onset of colder weather, the site for students to provide samples for testing is moving to the west concourse of Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium. Students will be able to drive their vehicles to the west side of the stadium and enter the concourse in their vehicle from the north. Sampling for testing will be done inside the stadium. Walk-up service will also be available in the same area of the west concourse.

Why: Testing helps identify COVID-19 infections early—even in those who show no symptoms—to maintain the university’s ability for in-person instruction this academic year. Consider getting a test even if you currently have no symptoms of COVID-19 and no known contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19.

What do I need to bring?: Review privacy policies and forms on this page as you will be required to complete the forms. You only need to complete the forms under the “Drive Thru Testing.” You DO NOT need to complete the COVID-19 Case Notification Form, unless you meet the criteria for completing that form. Please be prepared to show your student identification.

How fast do I know my results: Results will be available within approximately 24 – 36 hours. You will receive a phone call for a positive test and an email to log into to the patient portal for their negative test..

Couple more things: If you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days, there is no need to test unless you develop new symptoms. Also, test results do not supersede quarantine or isolation directives from the South Dakota Department of Health.


COVID-19 vs Flu

Symptoms for COVID-19 and the Flu are very similar. See the chart below and if you are experiencing these symptoms, you are encouraged to schedule an appointment on the patient portal or by calling 605-688-5147.

COVID-19 and Flu Symptoms

Sore ThroatSore Throat
Runny NoseRunny Nose
Loss of taste or smell 

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Tips on Staying Healthy During the Flu Season:


Sleep is one of the best things you can do for your body when you are sick. Catch some z's for a faster recovery.

Drink plenty of fluids

Water will do! Make sure to keep it coming.

Make some tea or cocoa

The steam and warmth of the beverage will help relieve some of your respiratory symptoms.

Note: Salty soups and broths are great for helping to clear the phlegm in your throat.

Humidifiers and hot showers for the win

Harsh/dry coughing bringing you down? 

Common flu symptoms such as a runny nose, sinus congestion, a sore throat and an annoying cough can make breathing feel like hard work. Running a humidifier or taking a steaming hot shower can help moisturize your nasal, throat and lung passages, loosening things up so to speak. 

Bring tissues everywhere

When you return to school and the general public, carry tissues with you everywhere.

Make it a point to cough and sneeze into them whenever possible! Also, never cough or sneeze into your hands. Best to use the bend of your elbow to cough or sneeze.

Carry hand sanitizer (or wash with soap & hot water)

Sorry to inform you that you are especially germ-y right now.

Take a few seconds every hour to sanitize your hands. Everyone will silently appreciate it. Best thing to do is to wash your hands with soap and hot water (top of your hands as well, not just your palms). Also, avoid touching your face if possible to keep you healthy!