Partnership expands COVID-19 testing options for university, Ames communities

A drive-thru clinic is available for faculty, staff and students needing a COVID-19 test. Iowa State is partnering with Hy-Vee to offer the clinic near Stephens Auditorium for the university and Ames communities. The clinic offers both lab and rapid PCR testing for anyone experiencing symptoms, exposed to someone with COVID-19 or needing a test for upcoming holiday travel.

Appointments are required; register at The clinic is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays except Wednesday. Hy-Vee pharmacy staff members will provide patients with a test kit and instructions on how to self-administer, and supervise administration of the test. Patients must wear a mask to the site and lower it beneath their nose during the test.

Drive-thru COVID-19 testing site

  • 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday each week until further notice
  • Lot F (west of Stephens Auditorium), enter from Beach Avenue

The drive-thru testing clinic is located in Lot F, west of Stephens Auditorium. Patients should enter the testing area from Beach Avenue onto Center Drive and follow signs.

Testing options

Two tests are available at this clinic:

  • A free lab test (molecular PCR) is available to patients 3 years and older. Patients will receive test results by email in three to five days.
  • The rapid PCR test costs $119 and is available to patients 5 years and older. Test results are available in as few as 30 minutes (up to one day) and will be sent by email to the patient.

Symptomatic students are still encouraged to get tested through Thielen Student Health Center. Test Iowa at-home testing kits also are available for students, faculty and staff at the TSHC front desk, Memorial Union information desk near the Cardinal Room, Union Drive Community Center mailroom and 2270 College of Veterinary Medicine (office of academic and student affairs).

More information about campus testing, vaccination clinics and public health data is available on the COVID-19 Moving Forward page