COVID-19 Testing at Colorado School of Mines

Colorado School of Mines provides free testing for all Mines students, faculty and staff through a partnership with COVIDCheck Colorado, a social benefit enterprise of Gary Community Investments.

The COVIDCheck Colorado test site on the Mines campus has a significant portion of its operating hours reserved exclusively for Mines students, faculty and staff with an active campus ID (CWID). COVIDCheck Colorado operates numerous other sites in the Denver Metro area that the Mines community can also access.

Regardless of testing location, Mines students, faculty and staff should use the link below to schedule a test.

COVIDCheck Colorado also offers testing for the general community, meaning family members, non-Mines roommates, etc., can access free testing as well. Please visit covidcheckcolorado.org for more information on how to get your family and friends tested.

Why get tested for COVID-19?

Mines community members are highly encouraged to get tested for COVID-19 whenever they feel it’s a good idea—regardless of their vaccination status. Here are just a few of the reasons why you might want to get tested:

  • You’re experiencing potential symptoms of COVID-19,
  • You found out that someone you recently spent time with tested positive for COVID-19 (close contact exposure),
  • You spent time in a higher-risk environment, like a packed bar/restaurant, poorly ventilated indoor space or large crowd, or returned from travel
  • You have travel plans coming up, or
  •  You just want to know your status.

Whatever your reason, free and convenient COVID-19 testing is available on campus for all Mines students, faculty, staff and community members.

Where you can get a COVID-19 test on campus

Mines has partnered with COVIDCheck Colorado to operate the testing site at 1922 Jones Road—just a short walk from the residence halls, cross 19th Street at the traffic circle and walk west through the parking lots toward U.S. 6.

COVIDCheck Colorado Test Site, 1922 Jones Road

Pedestrian crosswalk at roundabout

How to make an appointment for a COVID-19 test

QR Code for COVID-19 Test Appointment

Before walking to the on-campus testing site, schedule an appointment at my.primary.health/a/mines.

You will need your Campus Wide ID, or CWID, to schedule an appointment using this website.

If you need a same-day appointment and one is not available, sign up for the earliest available appointment (even if it’s the following day) and then walk over to the testing site anyway. COVIDCheck will allow you to test that day as long as you have an appointment in the system – even if it’s for a future date.

The testing site is open Monday through Saturday. Check the registration page for current hours.

Scan the QR code on the right to make an appointment.

What to do if you test positive for COVID-19

QR code to sign up for telehealth

COVIDCheck Colorado will communicate your test results via text message within 48 hours. Here’s what you should do if you test positive:

  • Immediately return to your assigned room.
  • Wear a face mask whenever you’re around your roommate(s) or you have to leave your room to use the bathroom.
  • A member of the Mines COVID-19 Response Initiator Team (CRIT) will be in touch as soon as possible to discuss next steps, including meal delivery and where you will spend your isolation period. CRIT operates from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
    • If you need immediate assistance, contact your RA or RLC On Call.
  • Student Life will contact your professors to let them know you will not be attending your classes due to an isolation directive. Please email your professors directly to discuss how to complete your coursework and/or assignments.
  • If you have any health-related questions, please call the Mines Student Health Center at 303-273-3381.

The Student Health Center is open from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:45 p.m. Monday-Friday.

After hours and weekends: All Mines students have free access to tele-health services through Academic Live Care:
academiclivecare.com. Scan the QR code at right for Mines-specific sign-up instructions.

In the case of a medical emergency, dial 911.

Additional Instructions

Based on current guidance from the CDC and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 do not need to be tested again for up to 90 days, as long as they do not develop any symptoms. 

Mines students, faculty and staff who receive a positive test will be contacted by Colorado School of Mines staff and be required to isolate away from campus or in a specific residence hall room should you live in a residence hall.  Local county public health department, who is responsible for completing contact tracing protocols, may also contact positive cases to conduct tracing, especially beyond the Mines community.

Also, the incubation period for COVID is typically 5 to 7 days but can be as long as 14 days.  If you think you have been exposed, limit your contact with other people for 14 days after your exposure.  If you wish to be tested, you should wait about 7 days after the date you think you were exposed before getting tested. Even if you test negative before the full two weeks have passed, you should still limit your contact with other people for 14 days after your exposure, and monitor carefully for symptoms.